Vera Nazarian has announced a fundraiser to help her pay back royalties to authors who had books published with Norilana Press. When the economy crashed, issues arose the meant that she was unable to pay the royalties that were owed and she has since reverted all rights back to her authors, but is still trying to make good on paying them their back royalties. Nazarian has started an indiegogo campaign to try to raise the money necessary to pay the money due to her authors.
Ginjer Buchanan has announced that she will retire in March 2014. Buchanan was hired at Berkley Books in 1984 and helped build the Ace and Roc science fiction and fantasy lists. Buchanan was named editor-in-chief of the two lines in 2007. In 2013, she was honored by SFWA for her lengthy career at Ace/Roc, as well as her prior career working for Pocket and the Science Fiction Book Club.
Publisher Martin Greenberg (b.1918) died October 20, 2013. Greenberg founded Gnome Press in 1948 with Dave Kyle and edited several anthologies for the press. Among the works that he published while with Gnome were Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series, which earned him much negative publicity when Asimov eventually published his autobiography, although other authors had good things to say about Greenberg. Greenberg eventually left the science fiction field to become an editor for Abelard–Schuman. He was not related to the anthologist Martin H. Greenberg.
John Klima has announced that he will cease publication of his magazine Electric Velocipede with the current issue, citing “outstanding money owed me that just isn’t coming.” Electric Velocipede won a Hugo Award for Best Fanzine in 2009 and received four World Fantasy Award nominations (along with one more for one of their stories).
HarperVoyager US has announced the creation of a Super Reader program. Members will receive access to early review copies, entries to an on-line forum, and interactions with authors at regional events. Initial applications for the program will be accepted from December 9-23, 2013 with twenty super readers selected by January 17, 2014. Harper will add 20 new Super readers every six months.
Author and publisher Michael Burgess (b.1948), who used the professional name Robert Reginald died on November 20. Burgess began attending science fiction conventions in 1968 and in 1975, he used the royalties from his first reference work to start The Borgo Press, which published reference works for several years. Reginald also published numerous bibliographies over the years as well as some of his own original fiction. Some of his works include Reference Guide to Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature 1975-1991: A Bibliography of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Fiction Books and Nonfiction Monographs, and the Codex Derynianus.
Simon and Schuster has announced the launch of a new science fiction line, as yet unnamed. Joe Monti, an agent at the Barry Goldblatt Literary Agency will serve as the line’s executive editor. The line will be overseen by the VP of S&S’s Young Adult line, but is envisioned as being for all audiences. The current plan is to launch in Spring 2015 with an hardcover published each month, although they may release a few books in late 2014.
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After Eugie Foster’s announcement that she hadn’t received royalties for her book with Norilana in three years, Norilana publisher Vera Nazarian announced the reversion of all print rights to all of her authors, noting that if an author wanted to remain with Norilana, she would retain non-exclusive rights for those projects. Nazarian also stated that e-book rights remain with the individual authors and she reiterated her intention to eventually pay all of her authors their full royalties.
Lynne M. Thomas has announced that she is stepping down as the Editor-in-Chief of Apex, two years after she replaced Catherynne Valente in the position. Along with her, Managing Editor Michael Damian Thomas will also be stepping down. Both will work closely with the incoming editor as the magazine continues to be published by Jason Sizemore of Apex Publications. The Thomases’ resignations will be effective following the December 2013 issue.
British publisher Nick Robinson (b.1955) died on August 30. Robinson was the chairman of Constable & Robinson. He got his start in the 70s as the assistant editor at arts magazine Apollo before moving on to book publishing. C&R published Gardner Dozois’s Best Science Fiction in the United Kingdom.