You may have noticed that there’s been some radio silence at NLM HQ the last couple of weeks, but it’s been for a very good reason.
I’m delighted to announce that as of the 19th October I’ve started my new role as an editorial assistant at Gollancz, working with the SF Gateway list! I couldn’t be happier or more excited – ever since I interned with Gollancz it felt like I had found the place that I fit, so the chance to stay there and be part of the team is really a dream come true.
For those of you who don’t know, Gollancz is the oldest SFF publisher in the UK, founded in 1927. The SF Gateway was created in 2011, and works to rescue out of print SFF books (as well as expanding into crime and horror!), and bring them back into circulation as ebooks. They also issue print editions of significant books as part of their Masterworks series, which all have an iconic yellow spine to match the original Gollancz paperback design. They’ve also helped to finance the development of the website for the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, a resource on the history of the genre.
So if you’d been wondering why I had read so much classic SFF lately, there’s your answer.
What does this mean for the blog? My previous job at Igloo was non-fiction mass market books, which meant that there wasn’t much chance of professional overlap between the books I was publishing and the books I reviewed here. However, now I’m working not just in fiction publishing but SFF, there’s going to be some potential for interactions. This is something I’ve had to think carefully about as
For the future, this won’t be so much a review blog, but instead it’ll be a recommendations blog where I highlight books I’m excited about. I won’t be rating books in the same way, but instead giving recs for books I’ve read and enjoyed. I also won’t be reviewing any more books by Gollancz, and probably not from their parent publisher Orion either to avoid any chance of conflict!
Thank you to everyone who has kept reading, I hope that you continue to enjoy the blog in its slightly new form.