Penguin Random House merger approved

The Big Six is now the Big Five, which somehow just doesn’t have the same ring to it. The deal sailed through the regulatory approval process in all the countries that had a say in it. The New York Times gives this picture of publishing’s new behemoth:

The new company would have more than 10,000 employees, 250 independent publishing imprints and about $3.9 billion in annual revenues.

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Who the Big Six are and why it matters

books in bookstore

Without a Bix Six publisher, you’re unlikely to see your books stacked in the local store.
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Publishing pros often speak of the “Big Six,” that is, the top companies currently dominating the business. Each of them encompasses many subsidiaries, and each subsidiary may have a large number of imprints. Altogether, the Big Six encompass dozens, if not hundreds, of imprints. Getting published by any imprint at one of these big houses usually requires an agent. The exception would be if you met an editor at a conference. Or if you’re already famous. Continue reading