And good riddance to it. But before I get to that, here’s a quick rundown of the publishers I thought had the best overall lines in 2014. Rather than do multiple posts across all the blogs, I’ll list everything here.
I received more review copies than I was able to read this year. I would like to thank everyone, large publisher or individual, who sent me something to review. I apologize if I didn’t get to it. Personal factors also cut into my reading more than I would prefer. Still, I managed to read quite a bit from a number of different publishers. What follows is a list of who had some of the best overall material in 2014 with a brief commentary. These are trade publishers, not indie publishers. In most cases, I’ll not discuss individual titles. Nor will I do a best books list. I wasn’t able to read as many titles as I wanted, and as a result there are some glaring omissions in what I did read.
The list is in alphabetical order, not ranked. Continue reading
Angry Robot has been sold. The publisher reports on its website that American entrepreneur Etan Ilfeld bought Angry Robot along with two other publishers, Watkins Publishing and Nourish, from “administration”. I think that’s British for bankruptcy, but I could be wrong.
Regardless, I find this to be concerning. Earlier this year, Angry Robot canceled their YA line (Strange Chemistry) and their mystery/crime line (Exhibit A) with little warning. When that happened I was afraid something like this would follow. Angry Robot has been one of the top publishers in the field IMO. They’ve certainly published some new and innovative voices and brought a number of authors from outside the US and England to the attention of a wider readership. Their titles show much more variety than those of some of the bigger publishers.
According to Mike Underwood, Angry Robot will resume publishing in March. I hope so, but I’m skeptical. Things can happen. The new owner plans to form a new media company. I hope it works out for him. And I especially hope it works out for the Angry Robot authors.