Leslie Gelbman, President of Penguin Random House’s Berkley NAL Group, has announced the retirement of Berkley Publishing Group’s Vice President and Editorial Director Susan Allison yesterday. Susan has edited many notable science fiction and fantasy authors during her career, including William Gibson and Guy Gavriel Kay. Read more at Publisher’s Marketplace.
From Penguin Random House:
Susan began her career as an editorial assistant for Ace, then moved to Pocket Books, before being hired back by Ace to run their science fiction program. An influential and trailblazing editor across genres, Susan’s reputation in the science fiction/fantasy world is legendary. In 1984 she published William Gibson’s first novel Neuromancer and Guy Gavriel Kay’s first novel The Summer Tree. Both authors are still edited by her—a testament to the close and productive relationships Susan creates with authors and agents. Susan broadened her editorial scope when she was named Vice President, Executive Editor of Berkley in 1993, and then Editorial Director in 2004. In addition to Gibson and Kay, her authors include #1 New York Times bestseller Laurell K. Hamilton and iconic southern novelist Lee Smith.