On June 20th, publisher Angry Robot announced that it would shut down its young adult imprint, Strange Chemistry, effective immediately.
Angry Robot claimed the closings were due to the imprints inability to “carve out their own niches with as much success” as several of their other imprints due to market saturation.
The closing may have also come as Osprey Publishing Group, parent company of Angry Robot, is looking to move away from publishing fiction. According to Publisher’s Marketplace the company is trying to sell its non-core components, and might even sell the whole company. While Angry Robot is profitable for Osprey, the imprint was reportedly offered to several buyers.
All unpublished manuscripts under contract with Strange Chemistry were cancelled.
“It was a great experience, publishing with Strange Chemistry,” said Cracked author Eliza Crewe in a blog post. “Amanda Rutter was a fantastic editor to work with, and if any of you have had the pleasure of interacting with Caroline Lamb, PR-person extraordinaire, you’ll understand why this is so especially sad, not just on a professional level, but a personal one, too.”
The publisher also shut down its crime and mystery imprint, Exhibit A.