The first rumblings started just a couple of days ago, but now Solaris has made an official statement about the sale:

ANNOUNCEMENT

GAMES WORKSHOP PUTS SOLARIS BOOKS IMPRINT UP FOR SALE

Games Workshop PLC today announced its intention to make its Solaris Books publishing imprint available for sale.

BL Publishing, the publishing division of Games Workshop, has two imprints, Black Library and Solaris. Its core business is the Black Library, an imprint which publishes fiction set in the dark fantasy worlds of Games Workshop’s Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 settings. It has seen consistent double
digit like-for-like growth over the last 3 years.

Solaris is an original fiction imprint of BL Publishing and releases around 20 science fiction, fantasy and horror titles a year. Renowned for its back-to-basics approach and innovative marketing, this imprint was started in 2006 and has very quickly become established as a global brand in midlist, mass market fiction.

Both the Black Library and Solaris are distributed in the UK and US by Simon & Schuster.

Games Workshop’s Head of Publishing, George Mann, said in a statement: “In recent years our Black Library imprint has more than doubled in size and scope and we have decided that we should focus all our attention in growing this core part of our business. Whilst we see plenty of growth potential with
Solaris, we are looking for a buyer who is interested in developing this global brand.”

Source: Speculative Horizons

Also interesting were some comments made on my original post, especially one by fantasy author Mark Chadbourn, who originally broke the story on his twitter:

I have heard rumours of a surprising potential buyer.

Well known bloggers, Adam from the Wertzone and RobB from SFFWorld, speculate:

RobB

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Prometheus/Pyr swoop in – something of a synchronicity and partnership (Lou Anders editing a Solaris anthology and Solaris publishing MMPB of Edelman’s novels) already exists.

Adam

Rob B: this would be interesting, especially if Pyr wanted to put a toe in the UK market as well (Solaris publishes in both).

One other interesting addendum to this speculation is that Chadbourn has a publishing deal with both Solaris and Pyr Books. This could be coincidental, of course, but it could also mean that Chadbourn has a bit of inside information from both sides of the fence. Pyr/Solaris teaming up would certainly make them a force to be reckoned with.

Adam also has word on Kearney’s upcoming omnibus editions of The Monarchies of God and the future follow-up novels to his recent The Ten Thousand:

According to Paul the Monarchies reprints are going ahead whilst the new Macht books are on hold.

I’ll be sure to keep you updated on any movement in the Solaris camp.

Mark Chadbourn, author of the Jack of Ravens series, and writing machine (seriously, I don’t think the guy sleeps) has some disheartening news about Solaris:

The Solaris SF/F imprint has been put up for sale by its owner, Games Workshop. Solaris is publishing Lord of Silence in July, and I’m told that publication will still go ahead, as will every book announced up to early 2010.

Hopefully the Solaris, who have been very supportive of A Dribble of Ink from the start, can come out the other end of this even stronger. Best of luck, all!

Best known for his successful Shannara line of novels, Terry Brooks is also the author of several other novels and series often overlooked by his fans. An under appreciated gem in Brooks’ library, the Magic Kingdom of Landover books successfully juxtapose humour and dark fantasy into short, blazingly fast novels.

In preparation for the next volume in the series, A Princess of Landover, Del Rey are releasing the earlier volumes in two omnibus edition. The cover of the first has just been revealed and it’s a beautiful thing, indeed!

The Magic Kingdom of Landover by Terry Brooks

From Brooks’ web site:

Magic Kingdom For Sale—Sold! began a new bestselling series for Terry in 1986. The novel was a vast departure from the three sprawling epic fantasies he had written before it, the story of Chicago lawyer Ben Holiday and his purchasing of a real magic kingdom. Right from the start Terry told his readers Ben Holiday was an alter ego of sorts, as Terry used the fictional character to discuss his transition from lawyer to full-time writer. Terry wrote five volumes about Ben Holiday, his magic kingdom of Landover, and a whole cast of unique characters—the last novel, Witches’ Brew, published in 1995.

After 14 years, Terry has returned to the Magic Kingdom of Landover series with the forthcoming novel, A Princess of Landover!

To celebrate Terry’s August 2009 return to The Magic Kingdom of Landover, Del Rey Books asked artist Steve Stone to create two new pieces of artwork to be used on collected omnibuses of the first five books in the series. The first omnibus, The Magic Kingdom of Landover: Volume I, contains the three novels Magic Kingdom For Sale—Sold!, The Black Unicorn and Wizard At Large. Volume II contains the two novels The Tangle Box and Witches’ Brew.

On April 1st, Del Rey Books and I will send out the first of a new series of monthly Terry Brooks newsletters. The April newsletter will include the covers to Volume II and the new book, A Princess of Landover. Additional newsletters will contain more information, interviews with Terry, several fun contests, excerpts from all the books—and some other surprises!

Good timing, considering The Tangle Box (the fourth volume in the series) is the next novel on my pile of books to be read!

It seems like every other day we hear about how The Wise Man’s Fear (originally supposed to have been released in the Spring of 2008) has been delayed again. It hasn’t even been two years yet since The Name of the Wind was first published, but fans are already getting testy about the delays. Rothfuss has pulled back the curtains a bit on the process and explains why a novel we all thought had been written years ago, is still on the road to being published.

Comic about Patrick Rothfuss Comic about Patrick Rothfuss

Whatever release date you’ve heard for book two is simply untrue. There is no release date because the book isn’t finished yet. I’m working on it right now. Or rather, I would be working on it if I wasn’t writing this blog.

Yeah. It sucks. I wish it was finished too. My life would be really great right now if book two were done.

I’ve been avoiding writing this blog for a while. It’s not fun to write, and it’s not going to be fun for most people to read. The truth is, I’d much rather work on the book.

Hey, what’s this? Rothfuss actually cares about the book as much more than we do? I’ve always been taught that authors are nothing more than particularly articulate machines!
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