‘LOCUS Publishing News’ Category

Forever Magazine

Locus Online News » Publishing Forever Magazine Clarkesworld publisher Neil Clarke has launched a new monthly SF reprint magazine, Forever, to feature a novella and two short stories in each issue. Unlike Clarkesworld, Forever will not be free online, but only available for purchase or subscription. Clarke has made the first issue available for free download, however, as an enticement to readers. For more information, see Clarke’s announcement. more info…

2014 Locus Recommended Reading List

Locus Online News » Publishing 2014 Locus Recommended Reading List This Recommended Reading List, published in Locus Magazine’s February 2015 issue, is a consensus by Locus editors and reviewers — Liza Groen Trombi, Gary K. Wolfe, Jonathan Strahan, Faren Miller, Russell Letson, Graham Sleight, Adrienne Martini, Carolyn Cushman, Tim Pratt, Karen Burnham, Gardner Dozois, Rich Horton, Paul Kincaid, and others — with inputs from outside reviewers, other professional critics, other lists, etc. Short fiction selections are based on material from Jonathan Strahan, Gardner Dozois, Rich Horton, Lois Tilton, Ellen Datlow, Alisa Krasnostein, and Paula Guran with some assistance from Karen Burnham, Nisi Shawl, and Mark Kelly. Essays by many of these contributors, highlighting their particular favorite books and stories, are published in the February issue. more info…

Egmont USA to Close

Locus Online News » Publishing Egmont USA to Close The US division of children’s book publisher Egmont will close, effective January 31, 2015, after attempts to sell the division failed. Danish parent company Egmont Publishing International began looking for a buyer in October 2014, but found no takers. The last day for employees is January 30. The ten titles on their spring 2015 list will still be published, with books distributed by Random House.   more info…

Newitz and Anders Move Up

Locus Online News » Publishing Newitz and Anders Move Up Annalee Newitz has been promoted to editor-in-chief of technology site Gizmodo, and will be launching a program called the “Future Initiative” at Gawker Media. The new program plans to bring Gawker’s  science, SF, and technology sites, including Gizmodo, io9, Paleofuture, Space, Sploid, and more, into closer collaboration. Charlie Jane Anders will be taking over for Newitz as editor-in-chief of i09. For details, see Newitz’s announcement. more info…

Finlay Named Editor of F&SF

Locus Online News » Publishing Finlay Named Editor of F&SF Charles Coleman Finlay has been named editor of F&SF, beginning with the March-April 2015 issue. Finlay is well known as an author, and guest-edited an issue of the magazine in 2014. He takes over from Gordon Van Gelder, who will remain publisher. Finlay is the ninth editor to helm The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction since its founding in 1949. Van Gelder took over as editor from Kristine Kathryn Rusch in 1997, and acquired the magazine from publisher Edward L. Ferman in 2001, becoming publisher as well. For more on the history of F&SF, see its entry in the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.   more info…

Reorganization at Penguin

Locus Online News » Publishing Reorganization at Penguin Penguin Publishing Group is being significantly reorganized, with changes implemented by president Madeline McIntosh, who took over that newly formed division of Penguin Random House four months ago. These changes impact all the adult divisions. Major changes include Brian Tart, president and publisher at Dutton, Gotham, and Avery, taking over at Viking as president and publisher. He replaces Clare Ferraro, president of Viking, Plume, and Hudson Street, who will leave the company at the end of the month. With the Gotham and Hudson Street imprints slated to close after summer 2015, Gotham’s executive editor Charlie Conrad will move to Berkley, reporting to Susan Allison. For more details on the extensive reorganization, see this article in Publishers Weekly. more info…

Tor/Forge Promotions

Locus Online News » Publishing Tor/Forge Promotions Marco Palmieri and Melissa Frain have been promoted to senior editors at Tor/Forge, Miriam Weinberg has been promoted to editor, and Diana Pho has been promoted to associate editor. more info…

Amazon and S&S Reach Agreement

Locus Online News » Publishing Amazon and S&S Reach Agreement Amazon and Simon & Schuster have resolved their negotiations and signed a new multi-year agreement. Though details have not been officially released, the deal will reportedly allow S&S to set retail prices for e-books, returning to “a version of agency pricing,” as S&S CEO Carolyn Reidy describes it, with some room allowed for Amazon to discount titles. For more, see the story in Publishers Weekly. more info…

Egmont USA For Sale

Locus Online News » Publishing Egmont USA For Sale The Denmark-based Egmont Publishing Group has decided to sell their Egmont USA division. Distributed by Penguin Random House and established in 2008, Egmont USA specializes in books for children and young adults. Egmont Publishing International CEO Rob McMenemy says, “The simple reason for selling the business is it does not fit with the strategic position of Egmont Publishing only to invest in countries where we can have a market leading position. The company has a highly talented and experienced team, a readymade fiction list and a growing backlist.” For more, see the Egmont website. more info…

Hachette Children’s Group

Locus Online News » Publishing Hachette Children’s Group Hachette UK is bringing together all their children’s imprints under a single division, combining Hachette Children’s, Orion Children’s, Orchard Books, and Little, Brown Children’s, starting January 1, 2015. Egmont UK’s managing director Hilary Murray Hill will come in as CEO on January 13, 2015, and Marlene Johnson will be in charge until then, with plans to retire at the end of January. Clare Somerville will serve as deputy managing director. The imprints will retain their individual identities, and no other job changes are expected, though some of the Orion and Little, Brown staff members will move offices. CEO Tim Hely Hutchinson says, “We are bringing our abundant talent into one children’s publishing division that will be focused on ambitious and creative publishing programs in every children’s publishing area and for every age group. Our six current imprints will continue, retaining their identities and their individual strengths under the leadership of their current Managing Directors and Publishers.” The Hachette Children’s sales team will be in charge of sales for the division, and all books will be distributed by Bookpoint. more info…

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