Orion launches new commercial imprint non fiction and some fiction

Orion has launched a new imprint, Swordfish, publishing a wide range of commercial non-fiction as well as a small selection of fiction. Non-fiction publishing director Rowland White will take on the role of publisher.
Six titles will be published under the Swordfish imprint this year, starting with three titles over the summer. White plans to publish approximately 12 titles annually.

The imprint’s non-fiction will focus on real-life adventure, military endeavour, the natural world, narrative history, reportage, boys with toys, pop culture and heroes and villains, with the fiction selection aiming for "big, distinctive thrillers".

White said he would continue to acquire books for Weidenfeld & Nicolson and Orion, and publishers on the other imprints would also be able to acquire for Swordfish. The three imprints would not compete against each other for acquisitions..

The imprint will release e-books alongside hardback publication and make signing e-book rights a prerequisite of contracts.

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