A New Direction

Those who know me know how passionate I am about my work at Angry Robot. For the last five and a half years it has been not only my job, but the most important – and satisfying – part of my life, after family. In a little over five years I have helped grow the company (under the extraordinary leadership of Marc Gascoigne) from a virgin imprint with dreams of greatness to a recognised and established global brand with a reputation for quality, originality and innovation. I’ve met – and worked with – some astonishingly talented authors in that time.

A month ago, Tor.com announced it was setting up a new digital imprint, publishing novellas and serials, and was looking for a Senior Editor to guide the editorial direction of the new imprint. Now, I love novellas – they’re my preferred format for my own leisure reading. And Tor? Tor is the best Big 5 SF imprint in the world! So, you know – I applied. And had a chat with the powers-that-be, and then flew to New York for another chat and a meet and greet. And after a great deal of discussion, Tor.com offered me the role, and I accepted; handing in my notice to Angry Robot was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. It was a genuinely emotional meeting – Angry Robot is more than just my job, it’s my baby, and it always will be. But I’m also thrilled to be joining the team at Tor.com.

The timing is unfortunate, though. Last week Angry Robot had to close down its YA and crime imprints, and it’s natural for people to put 2 and 2 together and get 73 (and they will – oh, dear god, they will), but the new role is an amazing opportunity for me, and if it had been advertised six months ago, or six months from now, I would still have applied. In a note to my authors I said that in many ways it’s the role that Angry Robot had been preparing me for over the last five years.

So in August I’ll be moving to Tor.com and Marc will need to find a replacement for me at Angry Robot. And you know what? Whoever gets that gig is going to have the time of their life – Angry Robot is still the single best independent SF imprint on the face of the planet! And long may that continue…

6 Responses to “ “A New Direction”

  1. Paul (@princejvstin) says:

    Congratulations, Lee. I am sad you are leaving Angry Robot, but am (obviously!) going to be following your work at Tor.com with great interest.

  2. Qwill says:

    Congrats, Lee!

  3. Congratulations! Does this mean a move across the pond (jooooin ussssss…!), or will you be working (very) remotely?

  4. Cat Rambo says:

    Congratulations! I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with the line.

  5. John Cmar says:

    Brilliant news. I can only imagine how difficult it must have been to make that decision and leave Angry Robot, but this is truly a bigger thing and new challenge for you. I hope to see you again at Worldcon!

  6. Luke Ash says:

    Congratulations Lee, I still remember you leaving the exciting world of MI and spreadsheets for Angry Robot. I’m sure you’ll do well and make your own luck. Great to see someone doing something they love and succeeding!

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