This week two of the Big Six publishers, Random House and Penguin, announced plans to merge, sending ripples through the publishing community. I am published by an imprint of Penguin.
For those who are not writers, the Big Six is the collective name for the major publishers, most based in New York. They have been, until now: Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Group, Random House, and Simon & Schuster. Each includes multiple imprints, some of which you may have heard of or remember. The list goes on for pages, and represents a lot of the former small publishers that those big publishers have absorbed (or swallowed) because they were having trouble surviving in a difficult publishing environment.