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Myriad Editions merge with New Internationalist



Independent publisher Myriad Editions is to merge with independent, non-profit media co-operative New Internationalist.  

Myriad Editions will continue to publish under its own imprint, with Candida Lacey and Corinne Pearlman remaining Publishing and Creative Directors respectively. Myriad will use the creative, sales and administrative resources of New Internationalist and continue to work from Brighton and London, with an additional presence in Oxford.

New Internationalist has over 40 years’ history as a book and magazine publisher with a political mission to tell the stories that no one else is covering. The book programme spans global current affairs, illustrated and graphic non-fiction, world fiction (specializing in short story anthologies) and children's. They recently raised over $900,000 (£700,000) through an innovative crowdfunded community share offer.

Myriad transformed from a packager to a publisher in 2005, developing an innovative programme to nurture new talent. Best-selling authors include crime writers Elizabeth Haynes and Lesley Thompson, winners of Authors' Club Best First Novel Award Jonathan Kemp and Ben Johncock, and graphic authors Kate Evans, Darryl Cunningham and Una. Myriad champions emerging authors through two work-in-progress competitions.

Dan Raymond-Barker, New Internationalist Marketing and Sales Director, says:

‘We are very excited by this merger. New Internationalist and Myriad are two like-minded, complementary independent publishers and we look forward to producing great books together. Myriad will continue as an imprint and maintain its identity as a publisher of ground-breaking fiction and graphic works.

We also anticipate the partnership will create a fertile environment in which both lists will explore new ideas, creating unique books that enrich social experience. The skills, experience and judgement of Candida Lacey and Corinne Pearlman, and their associated network, will bring a new dimension to the team.’

Candida Lacey, Myriad’s Publishing Director says:

‘This is such a positive development for Myriad. It is an opportunity to grow to a new level with partners whose ethos and belief in independent publishing ties in with ours. New Internationalist supports our mission to discover and publish exceptional literary and artistic authors and bold, game-changing books, and will help us reach a wider, more diverse and global readership for our authors.

Myriad has a long standing association with New Internationalist in their role as the UK publishers of our State of the World Atlas series. This is a collaboration where the groundwork is already firmly in place, and we look forward to a healthy cross-fertilisation of ideas and practice as we continue to build Myriad’s list.’

In the UK and Europe print distribution will continue unchanged as both New Internationalist and Myriad are handled by Turnaround Publisher Services. In North America and the Rest of the World Myriad will join New Internationalist at Consortium Book Sales and Distribution (part of Ingram Content Group). Digital distribution is managed by Ingram International for New Internationalist and Faber Factory for Myriad, and these arrangements will continue for the time being.

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