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I get lots of replies from sending out the State of the Thing newsletter, and one this month stuck with me. They mentioned not seeing a lot of sci fi in the Early Reviewers offerings.
It made me think about all the genres you'd like to see, and specifically, the publishers you'd like to review for.
So, if there's a publisher you'd like to see offer books on Early Reviewers, list them here! I'll contact them as I have time, and see if they're interested in participating.
So you know, some publishers don't make advance reader copies, and some simply don't have a budget to offer up 15 copies of a book (15 is our minimum usually). That being said, if there's enthusiasm for a particular publisher, I'll woo them with everything I've got.
Tor! Tor! Tor!
I like White Wolf Publishing books, but they've been mostly putting out game books and not fiction. I also doubt they do much for arcs either.
Yes, Tor for SF, or Small Beer Press (which may not have the budget. Tor certainly does, and I know they print ARCs). (At Tor, try to contact Patrick or Teresa Nielsen Hayden, both of whom are editors and very active online. Their blog, Making Light, is how I initially found out about LT back in September of 2005. Even if they don't make the final decision they're very likely to be sympathetic.)
Other than that, more non-fiction please! It seems like 90% of non-fiction is either Christian or self-help, neither of which interest me at all. (Most of my ER winnings are non-fiction, but there's almost never more than one a month that interests me, and frequently not even that.)
Del Rey has offered at least a few ER books -- they publish Naomi Novik, for one.
I'd like to see more books for a little bit younger crowd as I am in my 20s I feel like all the books I received were for older people. Maybe it is in my head.
All the above sound good, as a Brit I would love it if we could get more publishers to offer books to LibraryThingers outside the US. Canongate are fantastic about offering books to the UK but it would be lovely to have more choice.
It's frustrating when I look at the full list of books to see books that I know are being published by the publishers in the UK or Canada but are only available to US readers. Perhaps there are reasons that I'm not aware of why this is so. Are the publishers aware that there are non-US readers on LT who would like to request their books?
I won't name specific publishers but looking at the current month's ER offerings there are lots who I know also publish books in the UK. Is there anyway we could persuade them to try offering some of the books they publish in the UK?
End rant to say I do appreciate the ER program and all the work you put in Sonya - thank you!
I'll third or fourth the vote for TOR science fiction. The UK arm of TOR produces a lot of great stuff too. On the smaller front maybe Nightshade Books in San Francisco?
Simon and Schuster. Are they already offered? Also Candlewick Press. Those are two I buy from regularly.
Is there a place to see a list of all the publishers currently using ER?
Edit: I found it. Hmm, both have offered ER books in the past, so nevermind, I guess. :)
I was going to say Atria Books, but I believe they're a division of Simon & Schuster...
Sometimes, Early Reviewers is something that one of the staffers at a publisher finds, takes on and offers books, and then when they change jobs, it kind of fizzles. So, even if we've offered books in the past, mention the names anyway. I can reconnect with someone at the publisher, show them the previous giveaways, and get things going again.
The reason why we have to limit some books is that the rights to the book are sometimes only owned for some countries. That being said, I've had lots of little publishers from the US contact me. If there are small presses in your (non-US) country you'd like to tell about Early Reviewers, a how-to link is here.
We've had DelRay and Tor offerings before, but it sounds like I should contact them again and see if they'd like to offer more.
Another thing I can do is offer the publishers we'd like to have participate (or participate more often) our other main book promotion: an author interview. Plus, I know I'D like to read some more Tor books!
So, what other imprints or publishers would you like to see, or see more of?
If you happen to read about upcoming releases, and see a book you'd like us to have in ER, email me about that too. If it's a few months before the release, it's easy to email the publicist and ask if they want to try ER, especially if they're being requested!
Tor and Del Rey would be awesome. Flux? Roc? Bantam Spectra?
I have no idea who is a division of who at this point and some of these may already be offering ER books. I don't tend to look at the publishers much when I'm requesting.
Drawn and Quarterly is a Canadian publisher that specializes in graphic novels. It seems like GNs are pretty popular around here. Not sure what their marketing budget is like though...
Jo Walton (LT member bluejo, though she hasn't been active for a while) is published by Tor, and has a new book coming out in January. She'd be a great candidate for an author interview and ER offering -- she's very active elsewhere online, just not here.
Edited to add: If someone makes a suggestion for a specific title and it ends up getting offered on ER, does the first person to suggest it get a copy as a finder's fee? ;-)
I just talked to a publicist working with Tor, and they're going to offer some books! How's that for fast work?
I'm making a list of all the publishers (and imprints -- just name away, I'll worry about whether or not we already work with them later) and any specific books.
>15 lorax: If you suggest books, you'll have a chance to add books similar to them to your library :)
>14 Bitter_Grace: I love Drawn and Quarterly. It seems lots of GN publishers have figured out that ebooks are a good way to publish what otherwise would be expensive (color) works. I'll hunt down some GN publishers in general.
Awesome Sonya! I buy more TOR than anything. They have a wide range of SF. No one has mentioned BAEN. I think they may have offered before. I'm not a fan of most of their SF (heavy on the military SF) but I'm sure there are fans here on LT. They have also been re-releasing some classics as well by authors like Poul Anderson so maybe they could be enticed to offer a variety of their wares????
There's probably an answer to this somewhere glaringly obvious, but is ER just for first run hardbacks (although some of the ARCs of the hardbacks are paperbacks) , or do you guys do ER with first edition paperbacks too?
I too would love to see more Tor and Del Rey, and Bantam stuff as well.
Also, Onyx, Bold Strokes Books and Bella Books, though I don't know if any of those three do stuff like ARCs since they're much, much smaller than a Tor or Pocket or
There's also Poisoned Pen Press, also small.
I'll chime in here. Mystery is my favorite genre. Most mainstream publishers have imprints. Berkley Prime Crime (division of Penguin) publishes a lot of mysteries. Someone else has mentioned Poisoned Pen Press here. Soho Crime is another. Some of these have offered here.
I also love cookbooks and books about food/cooking. We've had a few of these, but not huge numbers. Lots of publishers, big and small, in this category. Clarkson Potter (division of Random House) is one of the big ones.
How do we get to the page with the list of publishers?Can't seem to find it again .
Thanks but how did you find how to get there or did you just have to put the slash publishers in the address or can you get there from another page?
I only look at the Canadian books so some of these publishers may participate but I'm not seeing them. I'm mostly interested in military history.
Osprey would seem to be obvious when considering they were one of the first LibraryThing for Publishers participants.
Brassey's Inc there are U.S. and UK divisions.
Indiana University Press and University of Toronto Press although academic publishers they do tri to sell crossover works to consumers.
Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking published by The Cooking Lab. All six volumes-2,400 pages- list price-$625. OK, so maybe they can get a LT break on the 15 copy requirement. Sending Sonya some serious persuasion voodoo to use on The Cooking Lab.
In a dream world? Since LT is strong in the long tail, what about university presses? Oxford? Cambridge? The review copies would be more expensive, yes, but LT does have a pretty concentrated collection of serious readers.
Baen would be great as another source of sci-fi.
I know they do a lot of ebooks in advance, so they'd even have the prep work done on their side.
Harper & Row, DAW, Ace, Puffin/Penguin, Eos, Scholastic, Chicken House (on the younger side), Avon, Dell, Knopf, Aladdin, Bantam, Dorchester, Delacorte, St. Martin's, Hyperion, Harcourt Brace, Berkley, Viking, Doubleday, Bloomsbury...
Okay, that's enough.
Here's my list w/an emphasis on the "wish" part (vs any expectation of getting):
one more vote for university presses (partic Yale, Rutgers). . . Routledge. . . Verso. . . Feminist Press . . . Palgrave Macmillan. . . semiotext(e) . . . Blackwell . . . Basic Books
Thanks so much for running this program, Sonya!
Just looked at the bookshelf next to my bed and in the 3 shelfs I can see its full of TOR Del-rey and ACE fantasy. I shall check the other 6 bookshelves tomorrow since they are in the other room!
TOR is great, DAW would also be superb.
I think the only other publisher I'm aware of is Orien which is a Harper imprint? that does lots of fantasy offerings.
Yeah but Tor and DAW would probably only be US/Canada folks. Tor do have a UK arm which publish as Tor. However Pan Macmillan also publish SF under the Pan Macmillan imprint as well as under Tor.
I think Orbit (Little, Brown's SF imprint) have participated in the past but only the US arm.
Gollancz - which is part of Orion (which is part of the Hachette Livre group).
Solaris used to participate IIRC but I haven't seen their books for a while (they were sold to another publishing group). They publish both in the US and the UK so it might be worth seeing if they are still interested.
Angry Robot is another global imprint of SF.
As someone else said crime and mystery is a popular genre. Not all the major houses have a specific mystery imprint but their popular fiction imprint contains mystery fiction.
I'm glad to see Seven Stories Press books lately because they're one of my favorite publishers. I also like radical publishers AK Press, PM Press, Haymarket Press and South End Press.
For more of the diy, back to nature stuff Storey Press can not be beat. Especially now that urban homesteading and diy is becoming a big thing again.
Feminist Press and Seal Press are great as well.
(I'm not really that into fiction.)
I would definitely love more nonfiction, as well. And cookbooks. And more availability in Europe.
As for publishers: what about Shambhala?
Good academic publishers include:
- Springer Verlag (published in English, but German?)
- Oxford University Press (USA/Oxford, UK)
- Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, UK)
- Wiley & Son (USA)
- Louisiana State University Press (USA)
- Routledge (UK)
- University of Chicago Press (USA)
- Blackwell (UK)/= Wiley-Blackwell?
- Cornell University Press (USA)
- Edinburgh University Press (UK)
- Huntington Library Press (USA)
New Directions, great publisher of translated literature, such as Roberto Bolano.
I'd love to see any audiobook publishers. I know there have been a few audios offered here & there, but would love to see more! The big ones that come to mind, glancing at my collection: Penguin, Hachette, Brilliance, MacMillan, Random House, Recorded Books, Simon & Schuster, Audio Renaissance, Harper, Time Warner, Blackstone, etc., etc.....
I second the idea for more cookbooks! :) Will take a look into other specific publishers and get back to you.
They publish the cookbooks in English too, so its a case of getting the right person to discuss about it!
Savas Beatie, publisher of historical titles of distinction. Particularly American Civil War.
Also another vote for Baen.
#36: indygo88-- I second that!!
I would love to be able to win audiobooks. I've won a couple ER's on twitter from Macmillon Audio so I know they have them!
I'd love to see more graphic novels offered, especially manga.
Some of the big name publishers in manga right now are Dark Horse, Del Rey, Viz Media, and Tokyopop.
I too would love to see cookbooks added. A quick glance at some of my favorites revealed the following publishers:
Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt (the soon to be released Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan)
Artisan (a division of Workman) Ad Hoc
Phaidon The Silver Spoon
Wiley Rose's Heavenly Cakes
Little Brown The Flavor Bible
Clarkson Potter Momofuku
I'd love to see Gollanz but my guess is that their books would not be available for US residents. Sigh. I think we are lucky to have St Martin and Bloomsbury.
Cookbooks would be tough. They're expensive to produce, and tougher to review on a short turnaround; I wouldn't be happy reviewing a cookbook based on only one or two recipes, and doing more would either mean annoying my wife by cooking out of the same book for a week straight or unduly delaying the review.
>18 DanieXJ: New editions of paperbacks are accepted.
>26 infiniteletters: I can go knock on semiotext(e)'s door and make them play! I slogged though one of their books after being on a long YA bender. It was hard. And good.
This is great, everybody! Please, keep posting anything else you think of. This is like your wish list -- don't limit your suggestions!
That being said ... if you can explain a little about why you love dolphin-only non-fiction, that would help me decide how to rank the publishers.
Wow, thanks, Sonya! I really thought my semiotext(e) wish was pie in the sky.
Now can I have a pony?
Looking over my ER wins, I see I review a Tor book earlier this year, and a Del Rey last year. Hunh.
Here's a few cookbook publishers that make lovely cookbooks that aren't necessarily oversize blockbusters
Ten Speed Press (US)
Grub Street (UK)
Murdoch Books (AU+UK)
Hardie Grant Books (AU)
Ebury Press (UK)
Wakefield Press (AU)
Text Publishing (AU)
But from where I'm sitting (in the UK) the US has a far wider choice of books than us available right now - so a UK publisher or two wouldn't go amiss.
I know. I was just being greedy. Here's another vote for Timber Press. They have books on small edible gardens and landscaping with native grasses coming out soon. Speaking of greed.
Here's a vote for
Corrected publisher name.
I know that Carla Speed McNeil has her own comic book publishing company (Lightspeed Press), and she wrote this whole 'Finder' series, you will not have seen a comic with so much content (there's a glossary at the end, to help understand the mythological/magical/personal references). On another note, I have met her, and sold all the copies of her book at a convention a few years back (Caption, Oxford, UK). If you ask her, I am sure she will put forward copies of her books. They are very inspiring, and quite unique.
I know that there are not that much sci fi offerings, but considering that a larger amount of readers (young and old) read Young Adult books, there should be more YA books. Maybe you should contact HarperTeen books, they are really nice people over there. St.Martins Press, I've seen them offer books before but not much YA books. Little Brown Books for Teens. I could go on and on. :)
In no particular order for science fiction fantasy (which I would LOVE to see more of):
4. Bantam Spectra
6. Ballentine Del Ray
Here's my vote for Tor for science fiction. Also, for mysteries I like Berkley Prime Crime. Finally, please consider Pelican Publishing Company for cookbooks.
Storey Publication would be quite a fun one.. A lot of their books are smaller books as well so I don't think it would cost them much to put up some to send out.
Second the call for Timber Press.. that looks great! :)
Harper Collins (UK) - they publish Diana Wynne Jones who is one of my favourite authors ever.
This thread made me emit a strangled little "Eeee!" of glee.
To toss in another publisher/imprint: Pyr.
I agree with you , I am in australia and would love to be able to see australian publishers also involved.
Thanks Sonya, that was very quick. I really appreciate all the work you do, keeping up with this.
I'm another one for Storey Publication. They have lots of great books!
This is like your wish list -- don't limit your suggestions!
Well, if you say so..... here is my wishlist of publishers that immediately come to mind:
- House of Anansi Press - used to be attached to Stoddart Publishing but I think it is now independently owned
- Coach House Books
- Cormorant Books
- Europa Editions
- Turnstone Press and their offshoot, Ravenstone
A few that spring to mind that I don't see mentioned above:
Felony and Mayhem
Bitter Lemon Press
Oxford World's Classics
Indygo88 has mentioned that s/he would like to see more audiobooks in the offerings.
I work in Studio Services at Blackstone Audio and one of my responsibilities is to send out titles for review.
If you would like to have Blackstone titles available for review, please let me know.
#72 Blackstone has some great audio titles. I hope you and Sonya can work out an arrangement for review copies. My daughter loved listening to some Ray Bradbury one's with me that we obtained from our library a few years ago. Good audio productions are a delight. So I'm seconding the suggestion here and hope you can make some classic SciFi and Fantasy (and others of course) audiobooks available.
Since it looks like you have oodles of suggestions for SF publishers, can I reiterate my request for real non-fiction? By which I mean not the surfeit of self-help and Christian titles we see every month? I've won a few ER "real" non-fiction offerings in the past, and enjoyed most of them tremendously, but there's never more than one a month and frequently not even that.
Heh, just spent an hour, and some hard earned money at the Blackstone Audio site, and yes, I would love to have them offering audio books for ER!
To the people interested in Candlewick...they are offering a book on MG right now. They used to offer books on ER, but maybe they don't want to send out so many copies?
I've been keeping an eye out for them too, since they usually have quality books.
I would love to see cookbooks too! What about Oxmoor House, Morris Cookbooks, Andrews McNeel, Scroll Publishing, or Taste of Home (not sure if they are their own publisher)?
http://chizine.com/chizinepub/ - ChiZine Publications (CZP) is an independent publisher of weird, surreal, subtle, and disturbing dark literary fiction hand-picked by Brett Alexander Savory and Sandra Kasturi, Bram Stoker Award-winning editors of ChiZine: Treatments of Light and Shade in Words.
Favorite authors use:
- Publisher (Author)
- Ace (Briggs, Roberts, McDevitt)
- Berkley (O'Connell)
- Del Rey (Clemens, Flint, Moon, Novik)
- Onyx (Connor)
- Baen (Flint, Ringo, Weber)
- G.P. Putnam's Sons (Francis)
- Collins Crime (Phil Lovesey)
- Harper Collins (Rollins, Phil Lovesey)
- HarperPrism (McDevitt)
- Jove (Griffin)
- Minotaur Books (Roberts)
- Putnam Adult (Griffin, Francis, Parker, O'Connell)
- Roc Hardcover (Butcher, Turtledove)
- Scholastic Press (Collins)
- Signet (Connor)
- Soho Crime (Xiaolong)
- St. Martin's Minotaur (Xiaolong)
- St. Martin's Press (Huston, Saylor)
- William Morrow (Rollins, Huston)
- Collins Crime
- Del Rey
- G.P. Putnam's Sons
- Harper Collins
- Minotaur Books
- Putnam Adult
- Roc Hardcover
- Scholastic Press
- Soho Crime
- St. Martin's Minotaur
- St. Martin's Press
- William Morrow
Some of the above may or may not exist at the present time.
I second the above-posts for 1) cookbooks; 2) audio books and 3) Phaidon. Thanks for asking for input!
We've got Mira, although I don't think they have anything in this previous batch.
I will second valkylee's nomination of Dark Horse Books and TokyoPop!
For graphic novels there is also Boom, Slave Labor Graphics, IDW, Image, Oni Press, Top Cow and of course Marvel and DC.
I second (third?) the graphic novel requests, especially Image and Oni. I'd add Archaia, Top Shelf, and Fantagraphics to the list as well.
As far as DC goes, I'd love to see any ARCs from their Vertigo imprint.
Allison & Busby would make a useful addition to the UK ranks, if we don't already have them.
And another vote for audiobooks (preferably on CD, but downloads will do nicely as well).
Sonya, I would love for you to add Wandering Sage Publishing to your contact list.
Shambala's signed up :) I just need to talk to them about offering more books.
In general, there have been a bunch of publishers that have ER publisher accounts, so it's just a matter of emailing them and seeing if they'd like to offer a book again.
Tor has just added three books to the October batch. I'm going to blog about it too, but I wanted to let you know that they're up.
Two Dollar Radio.
They have a great name, they republish some subculture lit, and offer what appears to be the current version of what will become subculture lit. And one of their authors was named "Top 5 Under 35" for a book featuring just about everything: hobos, vampires, feminists, philosophy.
Yes, Tor. Also Small Beer Press and Tachyon. Tor should be able to send us some, but the other two are very small publishers. It can't hurt to ask though.
Nightshade press also has some good horror authors.
Shambhala is a major feat! Can't wait to see some titles in the offerings, and hopefully it helps them out by showcasing their catalogue.
Bloomsbury and Walker...they are on facebook under Bloomsbury Teens..they have a lot of interesting books that i would love to read...plus can never have too many young readers..And I also love Harper Teens.
Sadly, Raincoast Books is no longer a publisher. They do distribution only now.
I also like Johns Hopkins and Sage for academic books. Columbia, MIT, NYU, and Harvard also have interesting stuff. Morgan Kaufmann and Rosenfeld Media have awesome IT related books.
General NF: Basic Books, Vintage.
And for poetry:
FSG (probably already on your list since they're big)
Mariner (probably someone's imprint?)
And I lust for anything by John Neal but that would be an expensive ARC--although an ebook would be interesting as well.
Love the several books on various topics I've read from Wooden Books:
Subterranean Press! Or is that a pipe dream? Their books are so cool. They wouldn't have to give out the really fancy ones, just the TPBs.
Small Beer Press
There's probably some overlap here, but fave publishers would include
- more from Canongate & Bloomsbury
- Knopf. Where are they!?! Premier publisher of literary fiction in the US, and some great non-fiction titles as well. For that matter, what happened to the rest of the Random House family??
- Europa Editions. coming out with some v. interesting stuff.
- Capuchin Classics -- reissues, a la NYRB and Hesperus (both of which I've seen offered)
- Soho Crime
- Felony & Mayhem
- More university presses
- Twelve (they do only 12 books a year, one a month, and pick v. interesting topics.)
- FSG (we could have had Ian Frazier's Travels in Siberia...
One interesting small press that definitely does ARCs (I saw them at BookExpo) is Unbridled Press
I know the rights issue is frustrating, but something I see too often is that when the rights are sold or the book becomes available outside its "home" country, there aren't many/any ARCs available. I read a lot of fiction from the UK, and wonder whether a book like "The Finkler Question" would have been as readily/rapidly available had it not been for the Man Booker.
Do you ever request specific books -- i.e. ones that the LT audience might find particularly appealing? Eg, the new Jasper Fforde Thursday Next book is due out next year -- a book about books...
FLF Press (established 1989)
I just read one of their books, an excellent book of short stories called Sanchez Across the Street. My copy is now the only one registered on LibraryThing!
I'm eager to read more of their books. I'll bet others would be just as eager if this press and its work were more well known.
I'd like to see more:
University presses - the big ones like Harvard, Yale, Oxford, Cambridge, along with smaller ones - I personally really like Indiana University Press
Vintage, Anchor, Knopf, Pantheon... Oh what the heck, any publisher/imprint that's part of Random House
cookbooks - I'm not really picky about the publisher
If you could get Knopf to give away some Everyman's Library, I'd be thrilled. I love those old-fashioned looking bindings.
106. > Subterranean Press actually has printed limited numbers of ARCs. The trick would be to get them to part with some in our direction. If they did, I'm guessing the numbers would be low; 1 or - if we are lucky - no more than 5 copies of a single volume. Even their TBPs are really limited editions.
Living Dead Press would be awesome. They have some apocalyptic book collections etc that they might like to get some press on for the holiday season :)
Just found this thread.
More university presses:
Texas A&M University Press Consortium (http://www.tamupress.com/catalog/CategoryInfo.aspx?cid=152 )
-Texas Review Press
-Texas A&M University Press
-Texas State Historical Association
-University of North Texas Press
University of Texas Press: http://www.utexas.edu/utpress/
Weird Al has a book coming out! http://www.harpercollinschildrens.com/books/When-Grow-Up/?isbn13=9780061926914&a...
Can we get it, please? :D
They have a book out From Seed to Skillet as well as other books that look very interesting :)
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