The first rumblings started just a couple of days ago, but now Solaris has made an official statement about the sale:
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
I have heard rumours of a surprising potential buyer.
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.
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.