Friday, 20 June 2014

Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A Imprints of Angry Robot Books to be Discontinued

I just read some sad news on the Strange Chemistry blog.  That YA imprint and Exhibit A, the mystery imprint, of Angry Robot Books are going to be discontinued.

Our YA imprint Strange Chemistry and our crime/mystery imprint Exhibit A have – due mainly to market saturation – unfortunately been unable to carve out their own niches with as much success.
We have therefore made the difficult decision to discontinue Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A, effective immediately, and no further titles will be published from these two imprints.
In happier news the same report mentioned that the SF/Fantasy imprint will be going from publishing 2 books a month to publishing 3.

ETA:  Kameron Hurley points out on her blog that Angry Robot's parent company, Osprey is up for sale, so maybe the move to publish 3 books a month is a way to clear up current contracts...

ETA2: News is hard to come by but my previous ETA may be incorrect.  The main information is behind a paywall so I'm not sure if it's Osprey selling itself (and thereby Angry Robot as well) or if Osprey is trying to sell the Angry Robot imprint.  I've heard rumours that support both theories. Anyone out there know and willing to share the answer?

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