11/05/2010. Contributed by Jessica Martin
The British science fiction and fantasy imprint, Angry Robot, originally set up as an indy-style label within HarperCollins, has just been sold by HarperCollins to Osprey Publishing.
Science fiction imprint Angry Robot Books has parted company with HarperCollins UK. It will now run as an independent publishing imprint, with the backing of niche publishing firm, Osprey Publishing.
Angry Robot will continue to operate from its Nottingham base and with its existing team under Marc Gascoigne, its founder and publisher.
Osprey is best know for its (very nicely illustrated) series of military history books.
Richard Sullivan, marketing director at Osprey said, "We have a great deal of experience of serving specialist niches with a very tight product focus. Angry Robot is a great fit with our existing businesses. We are very excited about the opportunity to enter into a new market and we are looking forward to helping Angry Robot, its authors and its readers go to some exciting places."
Marc Gascoigne told the Nest, "With the support of HarperCollins UK, my team and I have worked very hard on Angry Robot since it was founded. We have a great publishing programme in place and a dedicated bunch of supporters, the Robot Army, as well as some excellent sales of our first titles in the UK and an imminent launch into the USA. We are very pleased to have become part of the burgeoning Osprey empire. They understand our business and the enthusiasts who drive it. Our publishing programme for 2010/11 will be basically unaffected by these changes. There will be a short break while the transition is sorted out, but we will be re-launching in September 2010 and then it will be business as usual."
Chris Michaels, HarperCollins Digital Publisher, Fiction/Non-Fiction, who helped set-up Angry Robot, added, "Having helped build the foundations for a successful future, we are delighted that the Angry Robot team has found a new publishing partner in Osprey. We believe this will help them develop their niche offering, supported by Osprey’s specialist sales and marketing teams. We wish them good luck for the future."
As far as titles go, we were told, "Titles released so far will remain in stock for a while, but as existing copies get sold through it’s possible that some books will slip out of print. Our intention is where possible to bring books back into print alongside new books by that author, as we release them. Meanwhile, we’re working hard to ensure eBook editions of all existing Angry Robot titles will return to the market by early July. We’ll also be selling these direct from the Angry Robot website for the first time."
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