Thursday, January 22, 2009

Fiction with Horns

Amid all the recent economic turmoil hitting the publishing industry, I was worried that one of my favorite colleagues, Hector DeJean, the hard-working publicity manager at St. Martin’s Minotaur, might face problems ahead. St. Martin’s is, after all, part of Macmillan Publishing, which like the rest of the sector has been restructuring.

So it was with some measure of relief that I read the following e-mail note this morning from DeJean:
Please be advised that St. Martin’s Minotaur has a new name starting in 2009; henceforth, the imprint will be known as: Minotaur Books.

St. Martin’s Minotaur started in 1999 as the dedicated crime fiction imprint of St. Martin’s Press, and over the last ten years has produced a number of award-winning and bestselling titles often appearing on many ‘critic’s choice’ lists. As you may know, the imprint has traditionally labeled the spines of its book jackets as either: St. Martin’s Minotaur, or, Thomas Dunne Books/Minotaur, depending on internal editorial origins.

“Minotaur Books” is a slight change in our name, but the quality of our crime fiction remains intact.

As always, please be in touch if you have any questions regarding this change or other Minotaur matters. And keep an eye out for exciting novels from Minotaur Books coming out this year and beyond!
To read the Minotaur mystery authors’ blog, Moments in Crime, click here. Norman Green, author of the new private-eye novel The Last Gig, is this week’s guest contributor.


Barbara said...

What interesting news. It will be much easier to say when my next book comes out than "St. Martin's Minotaur." Maybe St. Martin's lawyer sent a cease and desist letter because he was, you know, saintly and not one to be associated with all that violence. The Minotaur is made of tougher stuff, perhaps.

Isn't it sad when you heave a sigh of relief to find someone you know hasn't been laid off? Sort of like avoiding asking after someone's spouse for fear they've divorced.

A.F. Heart said...

Hello there,

I have been attempting to find a good email address or contact info for the publicity dept at Minotaur. I was wanting to do book reviews and some promotional giveaways on my blog of some of their titles. I have had no luck emailing etc.

Does anybody have good contact info?

AF Heart

J. Kingston Pierce said...

Dear A.F.:

I'd be happy to send you some contact information for the St. Martin's Minotaur publicity folks, but I don't want to broadcast it here. Please send an e-mail note to me at and I shall reply with said info.


G.Gaffney said...

DeJean is a horse, not to worry. He's got plenty irons in the fire and can sing as well as act.

Tres Cepas!