St. Martin's Press

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St. Martin's Press
Parent companyMacmillan Publishers
Founded1952; 72 years ago (1952)
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationEquitable Building
120 Broadway
New York City, New York 10271, U.S.
DistributionMacmillan (US)
Melia Publishing Services (UK)[1]
Key people
ImprintsCastle Point Books, Griffin, Minotaur, St. Martin's Press, St. Martin's Essentials, Wednesday Books
Owner(s)Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck
Official websitestmartins.com

St. Martin's Press is a book publisher headquartered in Manhattan in New York City. It is headquartered in the Equitable Building. St. Martin's Press is considered one of the largest English-language publishers,[3] bringing to the public some 700 titles a year under six imprints.

The imprints include St. Martin's Press (mainstream and bestseller books), St. Martin's Griffin (mainstream paperback books, including fiction and nonfiction), Minotaur (mystery, suspense, and thrillers), Castle Point Books (specialty nonfiction), St. Martin's Essentials (lifestyle), and Wednesday Books (young adult fiction).[4]

St. Martin's Press's current editor in chief is George Witte. Jennifer Enderlin was named publisher in 2016.[5] Sally Richardson was appointed Chairman in 2018.[2]

History[edit]

After selling its stake in Macmillan US in 1951, Macmillan Publishers of the UK founded St. Martin's in 1952 and named it after St Martin's Lane in London, where Macmillan Publishers was headquartered. St. Martin's acquired Tor-Forge Books (science fiction, fantasy, and thrillers). In 1995, Macmillan was sold to Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC, a group of publishing companies held by Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck, a family owned publishing concern based in Stuttgart, Germany, which also owns publishing houses including Farrar, Straus and Giroux (of mostly literary fiction), Holt Publishers (literary non-fiction).[6]

Authors published by St. Martin's include Mary Kay Andrews, Casey McQuiston, Bill O'Reilly, C. J. Box, Linda Castillo, Ann Cleeves, Kristin Hannah, Lynda Lopez, Ben Coes, Louise Penny, Nora Roberts, Rainbow Rowell, Ian K. Smith, Sally Hepworth, N. Leigh Dunlap, and Jocko Willink. It also publishes the New York Times crossword puzzle books.

Its textbook division, Bedford-St. Martin's, was founded in 1981. In 1984, St. Martin's became the first major trade-book publisher to release its hardcover books by its in-house mass-market paperback company, St. Martin's Mass Market Paperback Co., Inc.[7]

Controversy and marketing boycott[edit]

In October 2023, a St. Martin's Press employee's posts regarding the Israel–Hamas war drew the attention of the online book community. A Palestinian member of BookTok posted a video demonstrating screenshots of the employee's anti-Palestine remarks. She also noted that despite being on the influencer list managed by St. Martin's Press, her requests for titles were regularly denied or ignored while white creators had no issue receiving requested books, an experienced which many of her fellow Arab and Muslim creators stated they shared. In response, the community group Readers for Accountability formed to encourage a marketing and promotional boycott modeled off of the HarperCollins union strike. The campaign's petition, which calls for St. Martin's Press to address the employee's statements as well as how they will support Arab and Palestinian creators moving forward, has received more than 8,000 signatures.[8]

Imprints[edit]

  • St. Martin's Press (mainstream and bestseller books)[9]
  • St. Martin's Griffin (mainstream trade paperback books, including romance)[10]
  • Minotaur (Mystery, suspense, and thrillers); winners of the St. Martin's Press "Malice Domestic" First Traditional Mystery Contest receive a $10,000 one-book Minotaur publishing contract[11]
  • Castle Point Books (specialty nonfiction) [12]
  • St. Martin's Essentials (Lifestyle)[13]
  • Wednesday Books (young adult fiction)[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Melia Publishing – List of client publishers". Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "PW Notable: Sally Richardson". Publishers Weekly. December 3, 2019.
  3. ^ "Amazon shares slip; Macmillan titles still missing". The Seattle Times. February 1, 2010. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved September 27, 2012.
  4. ^ Deahl, Rachel. "SMP Launching Crossover Imprint, Wednesday Books". Publishers Weekly.
  5. ^ Deahl, Rachel. "Enderlin Named EVP and Publisher at St. Martin's Press". Publishers Weekly.
  6. ^ Tabor, Mary B. W. (April 12, 1995). "Germans Said to Be Buying British Macmillan". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved November 16, 2019.
  7. ^ "St. Martin's Press". US Macmillan. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  8. ^ Ishak, Natasha (January 18, 2024). "BIPOC book creators call out Islamophobia at St. Martin's Press". Prism. Retrieved January 19, 2024.
  9. ^ "St. Martin's Press". St. Martin's Press.
  10. ^ "Griffin". St. Martin's Griffin.
  11. ^ "Minotaur Books". St. Martin's Press.
  12. ^ "Castle Point Books". St. Martin's Press.
  13. ^ "St. Martin's Essentials". St. Martin's Press.
  14. ^ "Wednesaday Books". St. Martin's Press.

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