and lo, the news is finally official – Joe Monti makes the move from agenting to editing.
Simon & Schuster is preparing to up its presence in the science fiction, fantasy and horror market with the launch of a new imprint dedicated to the category. The as yet unnamed imprint will be overseen by Jon Anderson, executive v-p and publisher of Simon & Schuster Childrenâ€™s Publishing, but will, S&S said, publish books â€œfor readers of all ages.â€ Anderson toldÂ PWÂ the audience for the new imprint is seen as â€œYA and above.â€ Â Anderson has appointed Justin Chandra, v-p and publisher of S&S Books for Young Readers, Atheneum and Margaret K. McElderry, publisher of the imprint and has hired Joe Monti as executive editor.
Yes, the Joe Monti who was my agent. Â I’ve already wished him well – hell, I of all his clients understand what it’s like to be offered an imprint to run! – and am thrilled that there’s a new market opening up. Â May the best books be bought!
Me? Â I’m staying with BGLA. Â Part of why I joined the team back in February was because of the overall strength of BGLA, and how incredibly supportive and communicative everyone was, from the office assistant on up. Â Barry Â knows andÂ likes my work (and, in fact, pointed me at Joe in the first place), and I respect the hell out of his industry knowledge and negotiating skills Â So there we are.