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Amazon Unveils StoryFront, a New Imprint for Short Fiction

amazon304Amazon Publishing has introduced a new imprint dedicated to short stories called StoryFront. The imprint will also publish Day One, a weekly literary magazine dedicated to short fiction and poetry from emerging writers.

At launch, the imprint includes a number of stories, such as “Sheila” by Rebecca Adams Wright; ”A Bite of Strawberry” by William Lashner; ”Museum of Literary Souls” by John Connolly; ”Farmer One” by Christian Cantrell, and The 12 Days of Christmas,” a series created by authors Gemma HallidayKim Law, HP MalloryKathleen BacusDiane KellySusan DonovanKyra DavisAmanda BriceAngie FoxRobin KayeJana DeLeon, and Leslie Langtry.

“Based on the continued success of short fiction on Kindle as well as the enthusiastic response to Day One–we received thousands of subscriptions in the first week–we know readers are hungry for short stories and excited about exploring new genres,” explained Daphne Durham, Publisher of Adult Trade and Children’s Group, in a statement. “With StoryFront, we’re feeding that enthusiasm by offering a wide range of stories curated by a team of editors who are committed to the craft.”

The new imprint joins Amazon’s growing family of imprints which also includes: 47North, Grand Harbor, Jet City Comics, Kindle Worlds, Lake Union, Little A, Montlake Romance, Skyscape, Thomas & Mercer and Two Lions.

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Emily Bestler to Helm New Atria Imprint

Editor Emily Bestler will helm a brand new imprint at Atria Books–Emily Bestler Books. The imprint will publish both fiction and nonfiction. The new imprint will open in the spring.

During her 16 years at Simon and Schuster, Bestler has worked with a range of authors (counting 79 NYT bestsellers): John Connolly, Jodi Picoult, Sister Souljah, and Liza Marklund. Atria Books will hire a new editor for the imprint as well.

Atria Books publisher Judith Curr had this statement: “Emily has an eye for discovering talented authors, nurturing their careers and growing their sales to bestselling levels.  An Emily Bestler Book will signal to both the reader and the bookselling community that between the covers they can expect to find many hours of entertaining reading … I’m delighted to launch her new endeavor here at Atria, to salute her past accomplishments and look to many more future bestsellers from her.”

Publishing Deal Gets Compromised by Ritz-Carlton

So about a year ago, Atria (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) struck a deal with the Ritz-Carlton hotel chain to provide a paperback collection of original short stories by its best-selling authors that Ritz-Carlton would give away copies for a month as part of its turndown service. Contributors would include Jodi Picoult, Susan Isaacs and John Connolly. Then the hotel brass read the collection in manuscript and decided to cancel, as the New York Times’ Joanne Kaufman reports. “They submitted the manuscript and we rejected it,” said Julia Gajcak, vice president for marketing and communications of Ritz-Carlton. “There were some language issues, and there was some racy content.”

Judith Curr, the publisher of Atria, acknowledged that bad things do happen in TURNDOWN TALES, which was originally scheduled for publication in early June. Some people die and others, perhaps, do not behave as well as they might. “But I’m not going to go back to Jodi Picoult and tell her, ‘This woman can’t leave her children for the weekend,” Curr said. “I’m keen on doing a collection to reach readers, but I’m not going to compromise my authors’ integrity to do so.” But in the end, compromise was reached between Atria and Ritz-Carlton. The collection will be available in hotels this fall with “some of the swearing toned down,” according to Curr.