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>Houghton Mifflin Harcourt update

>While I could not get HMH to confirm or deny Jane Yolen’s claim that the children’s division was not bound by the no-submissions policy announced last week, I see from a Hillel Italie AP story that Joe-the-spokesman is apparently talking to someone. In a report of today’s resignation of adult trade publisher Becky Saletan, Italie also wrote:

Blumenfeld has offered conflicting statements, saying the publisher of authors such as Philip Roth and Guenter Grass had “temporarily stopped acquiring manuscripts,” but later acknowledging the policy didn’t apply to education and children’s books and a mystery book imprint.

I don’t know where or when this later acknowledgment was made.

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Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. >And so our old beacons’ lights are dimmed. In this world of corporate mayhem, I have been holding a candle for good old Houghton-Mifflin. What will be next? I will hear that F, Klaeber’s edition of “Beowulfr” was a fraud? That baked beans and cod are no longer good to eat? At least I can have faith in the Horn Book: something’s still good in the Back Bay.

  2. Anonymous says:

    >I talked to HMH friends post-announcement, and they had already known it didn’t apply to children’s. They also said it wasn’t super-binding for adult, either, but that they were trying to trim future lists after combining Houghton with Harcourt. Perhaps PW making the story a BIT bigger than it is.

  3. janeyolen says:

    >It has to do with being massively overleveraged and needing to make a show of Doing Something.

    However I would NOT be surprised if sometime down the road–months, a year or two maybe–HMH starts selling off pieces of itself. It simply gobbled too much stuff at once.


  4. >Hey, did you see this just now?

    More fun for us all. Arrgh.

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