Tor Names Associate Publishers

Tor Books has announced that Patrick Nielsen Hayden will be promoted to Associate Publisher. In addition, Devi Pillai will join Tor as an Associate Publisher. Nielsen Hayden has worked at Tor in various editorial positions for the past 28 years. Pillai joins Tor from Orbit US, which she has worked for the past several years. In addition, Linda Quinton has been named Publisher of Forge Books. Quinton was previously Associate Publisher and Vice President of marketing for Tor/Forge.
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The Dark Goes Monthly

Sean Wallace has announced the the dark fantasy magazine The Dark will shift to a monthly schedule beginning with the May 2016 issue.
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Baen Adds MVMedia for Distribution

Baen Books has signed a deal to offer MVMedia ebooks on the Baen Ebooks web site. The first MVMedia books to be offered will be The Dark Universe Anthology, edited by Milton J. Davis and Gene Peterson and From Here to Timbuktu, by Davis. MVMedia joins WordFire Press, Fairwood Press, Electricstory.com, Infinity Plus, and Yard Dog Press in being distributed electronically by Baen.
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Samhain Publishing Closing

Samhain Publishing has announced that they will be closing. According to Samhain, the main cause of their decision is changes with their terms with Amazon. They are planning a controlled shut down and will continue to pay royalties to their authors and will be returning rights on a schedule.

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Tor.com Closing Unsolicited Submissions

Tor.com has announced that it will no longer accept unsolicited short story submissions for the website effective January 7. Although they note that they have found some wonderful stories in the slush pile, the feeling seems to be that the signal to noise ratio is not worth the effort.
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Orbit Increases Schedule

Orbit has announced that they will increase their US science fiction publishing schedule beginning in 2016. The increase means the company will publish 90 new science fiction titles each year. Orbit entered the US science fiction market in 2008 and the new schedule is a 50% increase over what they have been publishing.

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John Joseph Adams Books

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has announced a new imprint named for editor John Joseph Adams. The new imprint will launch in February 2016 with the release of three Hugh Howey backlist novels. Adams is the editor of Lightspeed and Nightmare, as well as numerous original anthologies. Although the line will launch with a series of reprints, Adams will be publishing original novels as well.

Obituary: Carl Llewellyn Weschcke

Publisher Carl Llewellyn Weschckes (b.1930) died on November 7. Weschckes was the publisher of Llewellyn Worldwide, which specialized in New Age, Metaphysical, Self-Help, and Spirituality. Weschckes purchased 60-year old Llewellyn Publications in 1961 and opened the Gnostica Bookstore in Minneapolis 9 years later. Throughout the first half of the 1970s, he ran Gnosticon in Minneapolis.

Wolfe Named Series Editor

Gary K. Wolfe has been named the series Editor for the Modern Masters of Science Fiction series published by University of Illinois Press, with Marika Christofides serving as acquisitions editor. The series presents book length surveys of individual authors, including Frederik Pohl, Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis, and Gregory Benford, among others.

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Harper Open Submission Period

Harper Voyager is holding an open submission period for science fiction and fantasy from November 2-6 with a special emphasis on Urban Fantasy and Military Science Fiction. Completed manuscripts between 60,000 and 90,000 words may be submitted during those dates.

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