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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Random Consolidates Ballantine and Bantam Dell

posted @ 4/13/2010 01:40:00 PM PT 

Random House Publishing Group is merging Ballantine and Bantam Dell into one group, Ballantine Bantam Dell, combining the two independent editorial departments into one. Ballantine senior vice-president and publisher Libby McGuire will helm the new division; Nita Taublib, executive vice-president, publisher, and editor-in-chief of Bantam Dell, will "step down." Random House Publishing Group president Gina Centrello said she was saddened to see Taublib go, calling her "a one-of-a-kind editor."

Jennifer Hershey will become editor-in-chief of BBD, with Ballantine editorial director Linda Marrow and Bantam editorial director Kate Miciak reporting to her. Del Rey/Spectra publisher Scott Shannon will add duties as mass market publisher for the new group, with Kim Hovey as associate publisher; both will report to McGuire.

See the complete story in the May issue of Locus.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Dreams of Decadence to Relaunch

posted @ 2/24/2010 04:18:00 PM PT 

Publisher Warren Lapine and editor Angela Kessler have announced that magazine Dreams of Decadence will be revived. While previously devoted to vampire fiction, the new incarnation will focus on urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

Submission guidelines are available at the Dreams of Decadence website.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Kirkus Bought by NBA Pacers Owner

posted @ 2/10/2010 05:12:00 PM PT 

Kirkus was bought by shopping mall developer Herb Simon, who also owns the Indiana Pacers basketball team and co-owns independent bookstore Telecote Books in Montecito CA. Terms were not disclosed.

Simon's business partner Marc Winkelman will become chief executive of the company, now called Kirkus Media. Elaine Szewczyk will remain editor and Eric Liebetrau managing editor, and Winkelman says no immediate changes to the print edition are planned.

Link to New York Times story

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Friday, February 5, 2010

HarperCollins & Hachette Join Macmillan

posted @ 2/05/2010 10:17:00 AM PT 

Following the ongoing Amazon/Macmillan conflict, HarperCollins and Hachette have now joined Macmillan. These publishers want to renegotiate Kindle e-book prices on the so-called Agency Model, in which publishers set prices and retailers keep 30% of the sales price. Under this plan, publishers will be able to offer a higher price for books when they're first published, and reduce the prices over time, probably in a range from $14.99 to $5.99. Amazon prefers to price new bestsellers at $9.99, a price many publishers feel is unreasonably low.

A Hachette spokesman notes that the agency model isn't "a way to make more money on e-books. In fact, we make less on each e-book sale under the new model; the author will continue to be fairly compensated and our e-book agents will make money on every digital sale."

On January 31, 2010, in a public post, the Amazon Kindle team wrote, "We don't believe that all of the major publishers will take the same route as Macmillan." However, now three of the "big six" publishers are asking for agency-model pricing.

Macmillan titles are still not available for sale at Amazon, except through third-party vendors.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

2009 Locus Recommended Reading List

posted @ 2/02/2010 10:47:00 AM PT 

The 2009 Locus Recommended Reading List is now available online. The list is published as part of the 2009 Year in Review issue of Locus (February 2010). An extensive survey of SF publishing for 2009, the issue includes year-end essays by Locus reviewers discussing recommended titles; the Magazine Summary, which covers all the major print and online magazines and tracks numbers of stories published; the Book Summary, which looks at publisher reorganizations, imprint changes and new imprints, and charts all of the genre books seen, breaking them down by format, publisher, imprint, category, etc. It also includes the pull-out ballot for the Locus Poll and Survey.

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Macmillan vs Amazon

posted @ 2/01/2010 08:52:00 AM PT 

Amazon and Macmillan's ongoing disagreement about pricing models for e-books boiled over this weekend in a very public way.

Late Friday, Amazon pulled all titles by Macmillan and its imprints – including Tor, Forge, St. Martin's, and Farrar, Straus & Giroux – from its online store, even removing titles from customer wishlists and remotely removing promotional sample chapters from the Kindle e-reader. Macmillan books could only be purchased via third-party sellers hosted by Amazon.

Speculation ran rampant on twitter and in the blogs, but confirmation for the cause came only when Macmillan CEO John Sargent released an open letter on Saturday the 30th, reading in part, "This past Thursday I met with Amazon in Seattle. I gave them our proposal for new terms of sale for e-books under the agency model which will become effective in early March. In addition, I told them they could stay with their old terms of sale, but that this would involve extensive and deep windowing of titles. By the time I arrived back in New York late yesterday afternoon they informed me that they were taking all our books off the Kindle site, and off Amazon... I regret that we have reached this impasse."

Amazon wants to set its own prices for e-books – at $9.99 for most titles, though they often take a loss at that price, using the sales as a loss-leader and to spur sales of their Kindle e-reader. Publishers fear this aggressive pricing gives customers the impression that e-books should always be so cheap – and that eventually Amazon will demand higher discounts from publishers to keep those prices low.

Macmillan is pushing a progressive pricing model, where books will be initially offered a higher price, becoming cheaper over time, in a range from $5.99 to $14.99. The "agency model" – with publishers setting e-book prices, rather than allowing retailers to set their own prices – is expected to be used by Apple with their upcoming iBooks store, which has announced deals with five of the six major publishers, including Macmillan.

On Sunday Amazon – or at least the Kindle team – posted a response, noting Macmillan's push toward an agency model and saying: "We have expressed our strong disagreement and the seriousness of our disagreement by temporarily ceasing the sale of all Macmillan titles. We want you to know that ultimately, however, we will have to capitulate and accept Macmillan's terms because Macmillan has a monopoly over their own titles, and we will want to offer them to you even at prices we believe are needlessly high for e-books. Amazon customers will at that point decide for themselves whether they believe it's reasonable to pay $14.99 for a bestselling e-book."

As of this writing, Macmillan books have still not been restored for sale on Amazon.

Among the many discussions online: writer Scott Westerfeld offers his take on the situation, and Tor author Tobias Buckell weighs in as well.

For more details and analysis, see the March issue of Locus.

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Weird Tales Changes: Ann VanderMeer Promoted, Kowal & Guran Join

posted @ 1/25/2010 12:00:00 PM PT 

Fiction editor Ann VanderMeer has been promoted to the position of editor in chief at Weird Tales, while author Mary Robinette Kowal will serve as the magazine’s new art director and editor Paula Guran will serve as the new non-fiction editor. Editorial and creative director Stephen H. Segal is stepping away from the magazine’s day-to-day operations to accept a new full-time position as acquisitions editor for Quirk Books.

Segal will remain the magazine’s senior contributing editor. "It makes me very happy that three of the most creative, insightful and hard-working people I know in the fantasy world will be shepherding Weird Tales into the future," says Segal.

"Stephen’s been a trusted and brilliant co-conspirator on Weird Tales," says VanderMeer, "and I'm happy that he has such a great opportunity ahead of him. Meanwhile, I’m very excited about the addition of Paula Guran and Mary Robinette Kowal to the magazine team. Thanks to our subscribers for their support; thanks to everyone who submits their writing and art to Weird Tales; and thanks to John Betancourt for his belief in the magazine and in me personally."

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Kirkus Resurrected

posted @ 1/05/2010 11:05:00 AM PT 

According to memos by managing editor Eric Liebetrau, Kirkus Reviews is restarting publication, with "a buyer in the works" and the sale to be completed in the next two to three weeks. Nielsen Business Media announced late last year its plan to shut down both trade magazines Kirkus Reviews and Editor & Publisher, however the prognosis for the publications is much improved as of early 2010. Kirkus will publish a second issue in January, and staffers of Editor & Publisher have launched an exile blog while awaiting the possible sale.

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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Internet Review of Science Fiction Folds

posted @ 12/31/2009 10:51:00 AM PT 

The Internet Review of Science Fiction will cease operations after their February 2010 issue. Publisher L. Blunt "Bluejack" Jackson and editor Stacey Janssen cite financial shortfalls as the reason for the closure.

According to Jackson, "What we learned with IROSF and Aeon Speculative Fiction was that neither traditional nor community-driven economic models met our needs, and that the complexity of managing a distributed volunteer pool burned people out, despite a steady increase in revenue and readership. Our plan is to use this knowledge, and the ready availability of new distribution channels, to create the kind of environment that would have empowered the editors to achieve the success that IROSF's superb content always deserved."

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Borders UK to Close

posted @ 12/16/2009 03:22:00 PM PT 

Borders UK will close all 45 of its Borders and Books Etc stores on December 22, 2009, unless a buyer for the chain is found. The troubled company's administrator, restructuring specialist MCR, said that while it is in “advanced stages of negotiations with a number of parties” about purchasing certain stores or assets, no deal has yet been made.

If the chain closes, 1,150 employees will lose their jobs on December 24, 2009. Borders UK stopped taking orders on its website on Monday, and a number of publishers have already stopped supplying the chain.

Additional information at The Independent and BBC news.

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Kirkus Reviews to Shut Down

posted @ 12/10/2009 11:50:00 AM PT 

Nielsen Business Media has "made the decision to cease operations" at Kirkus Reviews. Kirkus was an important and influential review outlet, founded in 1933, which reviewed over 5,000 titles per year and published biweekly.

Nielsen Business Media will also close the magazine Editor & Publisher, and has announced the sale of the Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, and six other media brands to a new company called e5 Global Media. Nielsen will retain ownership of The Bookseller in the UK. The company has not yet decided whether the online Kirkus archives will remain available.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Rappaport Agency to Close

posted @ 12/09/2009 02:21:00 PM PT 

Jenny Rappaport has announced that the Rappaport Agency, LLC will be closing at the end of 2009.

Rappaport says, "I have been privileged to get the chance to work with amazing people over the last four and a half years, many of who I am proud to call my friends. In the coming weeks, I will be wrapping up outstanding submissions and putting things in order."

The agency has represented John Joseph Adams, Tori Borland, Rebecca Coffindaffer, Douglas Cohen, Kylie Griffin, Anne Harris, Colin Harvey, Ted Kosmatka, Anne Ostby, Carol Pinchevsky, David J. Williams, and others.

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Dynamite Buys Dabel Brothers Titles

posted @ 12/07/2009 03:20:00 PM PT 

Comics publisher Dynamite Entertainment has acquired rights to the titles owned by Dabel Brothers Productions, and will publish and distribute those titles starting in April 2010. Dabel Brothers is best known for publishing comics adaptations of works by George R.R. Martin, Dean Koontz, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, and many other SF/fantasy writers.

Founders Les and Ernst Dabel will continue to acquire properties and work with authors, but Dynamite will take over production, marketing, sales, and all other aspects of the business. Dabel Brothers has a troubled history, with delayed projects, complaints from some authors about unpaid debts, and partnerships with other companies ending abruptly.

More details are available at Comic Book Resources and Bleeding Cool.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Realms of Fantasy's Douglas Cohen Promoted to Editor

posted @ 11/19/2009 03:34:00 PM PT 

Douglas Cohen has been promoted to editor at Realms of Fantasy. Cohen's past job descriptions at Realms have included slush reader, assistant editor, non-fiction editor, and art director. His new title will encompass all these tasks, and he will also take on managing editor duties. Shawna McCarthy, who has been the magazine's editor since the first issue, will retain her position at the magazine.

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Friday, November 13, 2009

SCI FI Wire Cancels Columns

posted @ 11/13/2009 06:20:00 PM PT 

SCI FI Wire, the online news division of Syfy (formerly the Sci Fi Channel), has canceled all their columns, including long-running series from John Clute, Wil McCarthy, and Michael Cassutt.

Clute was told that Syfy learned via research and focus groups that "the whole online column idea has become passe, because the medium has evolved." Features editor Scott Edelman told us, "We've discontinued the 'columns' concept on SCI FI Wire altogether, although we’ve extended offers to our former column writers to continue working with us in other ways. I'm grateful for all the amazing work John, Michael, and Wil have made over the past decade. It wasn't an easy decision, but we feel the column format is a legacy from the days of print that doesn’t serve Wire's readers or our writers particularly well anymore."

Get the full story in the December 2009 issue of Locus!

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Realms of Fantasy Re-Opens; Jetse de Vries Launches Daybreak

posted @ 10/27/2009 11:30:00 AM PT 

Realms of Fantasy is now open for fiction submissions after a seven-month hiatus. The subscription price is increasing on November 15, 2009, so subscribe now if you want to get the old rates of $16.95 for a six-issue subscription in the US ($28.95 overseas), and $29.95 for twelve issues ($53.95 overseas). New rates will be $19.99 for six issues ($29.99 overseas), and $34.99 for twelve issues ($54.99 overseas).

In other magazine news, Jetse de Vries launched free online magazine Daybreak this October, featuring upbeat science fiction stories. The magazine is intended to promote de Vries's upcoming anthology Shine (Solaris), but may continue beyond the anthology's April 2010 publication date.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Google Competes with Amazon to Sell E-Books

posted @ 10/21/2009 01:06:00 PM PT 

Google Inc. plans to launch Google Editions, a new online store that will enable Google to act as a distributor, selling hundreds of thousands of e-books, in direct competition with e-retailer Amazon.com Inc. However, unlike Amazon, Google has no plans to launch a proprietary e-book reader comparable to Kindle. Google's e-books will be searchable and available to read on any device that supports a web browser, including smart phones, netbooks, and personal computers and laptops.

The store, set to launch in early 2010, is Google's first attempt to earn revenue from the controversial Google Books scanning project, which has sparked many complaints from authors and publishers citing potential copyright violations. Google Editions will cover only books submitted and approved by copyright holders, though some have expressed unease about how much Google stands to gain by serving as a distributor: Google plans to take 37% of the money made through direct sales on its own website, and if Editions is used to power another retailer's site, they will split 55% of the cost, with the remainder going to the book's owner.

More information at ABC News and The Guardian.

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Friday, October 16, 2009

John Joseph Adams to Edit Lightspeed

posted @ 10/16/2009 12:40:00 PM PT 

Prime Books has announced the launch of new online SF magazine Lightspeed, a sister publication to their Fantasy Magazine. John Joseph Adams will edit fiction, while Andrea Kail will edit non-fiction.

Adams is leaving his position as assistant editor at F&SF at the end of 2009, and Lightspeed will open to fiction submissions and non-fiction queries on January 1, 2010, with guidelines appearing at http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/ by December 1, 2009. They plan to pay professional rates for fiction.

Lightspeed will launch in June 2010, and will focus exclusively on science fiction, including near future, far future, sociological soft SF, star-spanning hard SF, and points in between. Authors are encouraged to take chances and push the envelope. New content will be posted twice a week, including one story each week and one piece of non-fiction.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Google Settlement News

posted @ 9/21/2009 03:49:00 PM PT 

The deadline for rightsholders to opt out of the proposed Google Book Search Settlement Agreement passed on September 4, 2009. That was also the date for interested parties to lodge objections to the settlement, and Judge Denny Chin says he received around 400 filings from groups and individuals objecting to or supporting the deal, or asking him to consider assorted legal issues.

Google has made efforts to assuage the concerns that have been raised, and has recently been in talks with the Justice Department about making modifications to the settlement to address antitrust concerns. However, the Justice Department wasn't satisfied: in a brief filed on September 18, Justice advised Judge Chin to "reject the proposed settlement in its current form and encourage the parties to continue negotiations to modify it so as to comply with Rule 23 [which governs class action suits] and the copyright and antitrust laws." Justice does think the agreement "has the potential to breathe life into millions of works that are now effectively off limits to the public" and could offer "important societal benefits"... assuming the kinks can be worked out.

The brief concludes that "the United States cannot now state with certainty whether the Proposed Settlement violates the antitrust laws in any respect." The wording leaves the door open to possible antitrust action if the settlement is approved.

More detailed information about the Google settlement is available in the October 2009 Locus.

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Warner Bros. Creates DC Entertainment

posted @ 9/13/2009 02:19:00 PM PT 

Media powerhouse Warner Brothers has created a new division, called DC Entertainment, Inc., "a new company founded to fully realize the power and value of the DC Comics brand and characters across all media and platforms." Barry Meyer, Warner Chairman & CEO, states that "DC Comics and its super hero characters are truly touchstones of popular culture, and the formation of DC Entertainment is a major step in our company's efforts to realize the full potential of this incredible wellspring of creative properties."

The DC Comics publishing business will remain the primary focus of DC Entertainment, which releases approximately 90 comic books and 30 graphic novels a month. New DC Entertainment director Diane Nelson, previously President of Warner Premiere, will continue to oversee the franchise management of the Harry Potter property, which she has done since 2000, and also continue to represent the Studio's interests with the author of the Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Tor.com Offers First POD Publication

posted @ 9/10/2009 01:49:00 PM PT 

Year's Best Fantasy 9, edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer, is Tor.com's first print-on-demand publication. According to Tor.com producer Pablo Defindini, Year's Best Fantasy 9 marks "Tor.com's debut as a publishing entity, distinct from Tor Books and as a separate imprint under our shared corporate overlords at Macmillan. YBF 9 is available only as a print-on-demand book, in keeping with our mission of always exploring alternative forms of publishing." The $15.95 trade paperback is now available from the Tor.com store, Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and more.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Kodansha Ends All Licensed Manga Contracts With Tokyopop

posted @ 9/08/2009 02:48:00 PM PT 

Japanese publisher Kodansha has announced that they will not renew any of their existing manga contracts with Tokyopop. Tokyopop will not be allowed to complete the publication of any series that is currently in progess, including several series that are close to completion. Additionally, Tokyopop will not be allowed to reprint titles after the current inventory has sold out. In the past, Tokyopop has licensed many series from Kodansha, including Chobits, Clover, Samurai Deeper Kyo, Rave Master, and GetBackers. Some titles have been picked up by other publishers; Dark Horse will put out omnibus editions of Clover and Chobits, and Del Rey has picked up Parasyte. However, many series still remain in limbo.

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Friday, September 4, 2009

Rebellion Acquires Solaris

posted @ 9/04/2009 11:03:00 AM PT 

Games developer Rebellion, also owner of science fiction and fantasy imprint Abaddon Books, has completed the acquisition of the Solaris book publishing imprint from Games Workshop, for an undisclosed sum.

George Mann, Games Workshop’s head of publishing, said, “We’re delighted that Solaris has found a new home with Rebellion. After a period of fantastic growth with our Games Workshop related titles, we decided the time was right for us to focus all of our attention on our Black Library imprint. We’re sure Rebellion will now take Solaris forward to even greater heights.”

Rebellion has also entered into a sales and distribution agreement with Simon & Schuster. Under the agreement, Simon & Schuster will continue to handle sales, distribution, and fulfillment of all Solaris titles for all new and backlist titles to trade and specialty accounts.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Walt Disney to Buy Marvel in $4 Billion Deal

posted @ 9/01/2009 11:15:00 AM PT 

Entertainment giant The Walt Disney Company is set to buy Marvel Entertainment in a shares-and-cash deal estimated at $4 billion. Disney will take ownership of 5,000 Marvel characters, including Spider-Man, X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and Captain America. The boards of Disney and Marvel have both approved the deal, which now needs the backing of Marvel shareholders and competition authorities. Arvind Bhatia, analyst at Sterne, Agee and Leach, said the deal appears to be a "win-win situation for both companies. From that standpoint, we think the chances of this deal going through are pretty high."

Via BBC News.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Jim Baen's Universe To Close After April 2010

posted @ 8/05/2009 11:24:00 AM PT 

Jim Baen's Universe, the online magazine, will be closing after their fourth year of publication. Editor Eric Flint has this to say:

In a nutshell, we were simply never able to get and retain enough subscribers to put us on a sales plateau that would allow us to continue publishing. From the beginning, we were too dependent on the income from the Universe club. The Club's purpose was to provide the magazine with a much-needed initial surge of income--which it did indeed provide--and then, after the first year, to continue as an important but subsidiary source of income. Instead, the Club wound up being the source of about half of our annual income, from beginning to end.


The magazine intends to make sure that current subscribers get all the issues they paid for, and to honor all contracts with authors. For further information, visit their website.

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Amazon Responds to Amazonfail

posted @ 4/13/2009 07:10:00 PM PT 

Amazon calls ranking fiasco an "error" and says that numbers will be restored to the affected titles.

Andrew Herdener, an Amazon spokesperson, called the ranking delistings an "embarrassing and ham-fisted cataloging error for a company that prides itself on offering complete selection." According to Herdener, 57,310 books were affected.

"This problem impacted books not just in the United States but globally. It affected not just sales rank but also had the effect of removing the books from Amazon's main product search," Herdener said. "Many books have now been fixed and we're in the process of fixing the remainder as quickly as possible, and we intend to implement new measures to make this kind of accident less likely to occur in the future."

There is still speculation about why authors were told by Amazon their books had been intentionally delisted due to adult content. Gore Vidal is quoted by the AP saying, "What kind of a childish game is this? Why don't they just burn the books? They'd be better off and it's very visual on television."

Update: Interesting notes on the topic by Charles Stross.

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Sunday, April 12, 2009

New Vonnegut Collection to Be Published

posted @ 4/12/2009 02:34:00 PM PT 

According to Publishers Weekly, Delacorte Press will be publishing a collection of 14 previously unseen short stories by Kurt Vonnegut, entitled Look at the Birdie, slated for publication in November 2009. Donald C. Farber, co-executor of Vonnegut’s estate, brokered the world rights deal. The publication of the collection will coincide with rereleases of 15 Vonnegut backlist titles.



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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Niffenegger's Novel Goes to Scribner for $5 Million

posted @ 3/12/2009 08:53:00 PM PT 

Bestselling author Audrey Niffenegger sold a new novel, Her Fearful Symmetry, for nearly $5 million to Scribner, for publication in October. The auction for the manuscript was "fiercely contested," according to the NY Times, and a notably generous deal in such uncertain economic times. The UK edition will come out from Jonathan Cape.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Warren Lapine Buys Realms of Fantasy

posted @ 3/10/2009 12:17:00 PM PT 

According to SF Scope, Warren Lapine and Tir Na Nog Press have purchased fiction magazine Realms of Fantasy from Sovereign Media. Lapine plans for the current editorial staff to remain in place -- the first issue is slated to appear in May. Editor-in-chief Shawna McCarthy said she is very happy with the deal, "It's a ray of good news in an otherwise gloomy world." As a result of the new venture, Lapine will not be launching Fantastic Stories as he had announced previously.

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Monday, March 9, 2009

Orson Scott Card Signs with Pulse for YA series

posted @ 3/09/2009 06:09:00 AM PT 

Simon Pulse senior editor Anica Rissi acquired world English rights to the first three books in a YA fantasy series by Orson Scott Card, via Barbara Bova of the Barbara Bova Literary Agency, in what was described as a "very good" deal. The series will follow teenager Ligg on his journey to save his world from destruction. The first book is due to appear in hardcover in 2011, with the others to follow annually. Card's adult titles have been published by Tor.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Suvudu Free Book Library

posted @ 3/04/2009 09:53:00 AM PT 

Suvudu.com, the online portal for SF and fantasy from Random House, has announced their Free Book Library, offering readers free PDF downloads of the first books in assorted series.

The first five books on offer are Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb, Her Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik; Blood Engines by T.A. Pratt; Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson; and Settling Accounts: Return Invasion by Harry Turtledove. They plan to add additional books on an ongoing basis. To download, visit www.suvudu.com/freelibrary.

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Monday, March 2, 2009

Solaris for Sale

posted @ 3/02/2009 03:59:00 PM PT 

According to reports from various authors, Solaris Books is for sale. While some authors have been notified, an official statement has yet to be released from the company. Even though Solaris itself is said to be profitable, parent company Games Workshop apparently wants to focus on their core gaming business. Early reports indicate that Solaris will publish all scheduled books through Spring 2010.

Solaris, an imprint of BL Publishing, was founded in 2007 to publish original science fiction and fantasy, and has published books by Jeffrey Thomas, Gail Z. Martin, Brian Lumley, Eric Brown, James Maxey, Chris Roberson, Adam Roberts, Mark Chadbourn, and others. Their titles are distributed in both the US and the UK. The other imprints of BL Publishing produce gaming-related books and media tie-ins.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Wallace Acquires Prime Books

posted @ 2/10/2009 09:23:00 AM PT 

Sean Wallace has announced his acquisition of the Prime Books imprint (including Fantasy Magazine) from Wildside Press and plans to start publishing titles in May 2009. Diamond Book Distributors will handle distribution, and the first planned title is anthology Federations, edited by John Joseph Adams. Wallace will continue as consulting editor at Wildside through 2009.

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Monday, February 9, 2009

Anderson News Suspends Magazine Distribution

posted @ 2/09/2009 01:39:00 PM PT 

Anderson News, the mega magazine wholesaler with over 40,000 outlets, announced on Saturday it was suspending business activity. Three weeks ago the company, along with fellow distributor Source Interlink, demanded a 7¢ surcharge each per copy of magazines from publishers; many publishers refused to pay and stopped shipping product, leaving the distributor with "no recourse but to suspend operations."

Charlie Anderson, CEO, said in a press release the company is still working "toward an amicable solution" with publishers. Anderson News and Source Interlink together account for about 50% of magazine distribution in the US; according to PW, Source Interlink was rumored last week to be in trouble also.

This may affect the availability of SF/F magazines at some locations — many can be ordered directly from the publishers or found at bookstores (if you can't find copies at your local bookstore, request the title from the bookseller).


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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Wheatland Press on Hiatus

posted @ 1/29/2009 07:36:00 PM PT 

Deborah Layne has announced that Wheatland Press will be on hiatus for 2009. No new books will be published, including Polyphony 7. The decision was made for financial reasons, Layne said, and during the hiatus she "will explore ways to put Wheatland Press on a firmer financial footing.... I hope the break will allow me to return to a regular publishing schedule in 2010." Layne plans to continue to fill orders on existing titles and titles will still be available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com. Authors and others affected have already been informed of the decision.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Realms of Fantasy Closing

posted @ 1/27/2009 01:07:00 PM PT 

Realms of Fantasy will be shutting down operations after publication of the April 2009 issue, which is already at the printer. Managing editor Laura Cleveland told Locus she found out last night, saying, "I'm really upset by the whole thing." She had hoped to get in touch with editor Shawna McCarthy, on vacation in Italy, and the writers and artists before the announcement was made public, but the news broke today on the blogosphere. "I told one writer, and next thing you know... Now I really understand how the Internet works."

The closure is primarily due to plummeting newsstand sales, the problem currently faced by all of the fiction magazines. "We're shelved in the back of the bookstores. Nobody can even find us."

Realms of Fantasy started in 1994, and had been looking forward to publishing its 100th issue this year.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Lapine Announces Return to Genre Publishing

posted @ 1/22/2009 05:47:00 PM PT 

Warren Lapine announced his plan to return to SF publishing after a two-year hiatus, with a new publishing company called Tir Na Nog Press and the revival of quarterly magazine Fantastic Stories, according to SF Scope.

Lapine was the publisher of the DNA Publications, which, on an irregular basis, published multiple genre magazines including Absolute Magnitude, Dreams of Decadence, Fantastic Stories, Mythic Delirium, Weird Tales, and SF Chronicle before shutting down. Lapine asks that people who are due money from DNA Publications write to him at warrenlapine at yahoo dot com, as he plans on covering all debts personally. All unfulfilled DNA subscriptions will be filled by Fantastic Stories.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Juno becomes imprint of Pocket

posted @ 1/20/2009 08:51:00 PM PT 

Wildside Press fantasy imprint, Juno Books, is to become an imprint of Simon & Schuster/Pocket in a new co-publishing deal.

Juno Books editor Paula Guran said: "I'm tremendously excited about the opportunity to help take Juno to the next level through our association with Pocket Books. Both Juno and fantasy readers in general will gain immensely by sales and marketing reach of Pocket Books and Simon & Schuster, while still getting the best of our editorial sensibility."

Pocket Books senior editor Jennifer Heddle will work in concert with Juno Books editor Paula Guran.

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Liz Scheier Laid Off

posted @ 1/17/2009 04:37:00 PM PT 

Del Rey editor Liz Scheier was laid off yesterday and will be joining the growing ranks of newly unemployed editors -- her position at the company officially ends January 23, 2009.

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Monday, January 12, 2009

No More Year's Best Fantasy and Horror

posted @ 1/12/2009 02:46:00 PM PT 

Long-running anthology series The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror (St. Martin's Press), edited by Ellen Datlow and Gavin Grant & Kelly Link, is coming to an end after 21 years of continuous publication. There will be no 2009 edition collecting work from 2008, though "new incarnations of the book may appear." Read the announcement from Grant & Link.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

$1 E-books from Orbit

posted @ 1/07/2009 01:36:00 PM PT 

Orbit is offering a different e-book each month for just $1, starting with The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks. The special promotion is only available for readers in the US. Future offerings will include titles by Iain M. Banks, Karen Miller, and Brian Ruckley. Learn more at onedollarorbit.com.

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