In the book world, there's some heavy-hitters when it comes to science fiction and fantasy novels.
The Big Six publishers are Tor (Macmillan), Orbit (Hachette), ACE, DAW and ROC (Penguin Group), HarperVoyager (HarperCollins) and Ballentine, Bantam, Del Rey and Bantam Spectra (Random House). Now, the last major publisher, Simon & Schuster, has announced that they’re launching their own dedicated imprint that’ll focus exclusively on speculative novels.
Publishing imprints are a major part of a publishing house’s portfolio: it allows them to provide a dedicated staff that focuses exclusively on the genre, which helps give those books additional attention in the crowded publishing market. Simon & Schuster has published major SF/F authors in the past: Ursula K. Le Guin, Anne McCaffrey, Stephen King, and J.J. Abrams, but now, they’re poised to release more titles.
The new Simon & Schuster imprint is to be headed up by publisher Jon Anderson and by editor Joe Monti, a well known industry veteran who’s worked as both a bookbuyer for Barnes and Noble, and as an agent with the Barry Goldblatt Literary Agency. According to Publisher’s Weekly, the imprint is expected to launch in late 2014 / early 2015 in a variety of platforms, from traditional hard copy novels to digital serials and eBooks.
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