Macmillan in the US is a group of publishing companies held by Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck, which is based in Stuttgart, Germany. Our American publishers include Farrar Straus and Giroux, Henry Holt & Company, W.H. Freeman and Worth Publishers, Palgrave Macmillan, Bedford/St. Martin’s, Picador, Roaring Brook Press, St. Martin’s Press, Tor Books, and Bedford Freeman & Worth Publishing Group. For information on these companies, please see the below.
Founded in 1952 by Macmillan in London, St. Martin’s Press was for many years primarily a distributor of Macmillan books. However, particularly during the last 30 years, St. Martin’s grew rapidly as a publisher in its own right, finally becoming one of the seven largest publishers in America. Some of SMP’s most successful authors include: James Herriot, Rosamunde Pilcher, Dan Brown, Thomas Harris, Stephen Coonts, and Janet Evanovich. From their home in the Flatiron Building in New York, St. Martin’s publishes books under five imprints: St. Martin’s Press, Griffin, Minotaur, Thomas Dunne Books, and Truman Talley Books.
In December of 1986, SMP acquired Tor (the leading publisher of Sci-Fi/Fantasy) which is now its own separate company. For the past 15 years in a row, Tor has won the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Publisher. They also publish children’s books for ages 10-12 under the StarScape imprint and books for children 12 and above under the Tor Teen imprint.
Henry Holt and Company was founded in 1866. Holt was acquired by Holtzbrinck in November 1985, and is one of the oldest publishers in the United States. In addition to the Henry Holt imprint, the company publishes books under a number of other imprints. Metropolitan Books established in 1995 publishes fiction and non-fiction. Times Books launched in 2001, the result of an innovative co-publishing agreement between Holt and The New York Times; its list focuses on science, business, and current events. Holt Paperback publishes much of the company’s non-fiction in paperback. Picador USA also publishes much of the company’s fiction in paperback. Throughout its history, Holt has published such important writers as Robert Frost, Norman Mailer and Kurt Vonnegut.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux was founded in 1946 by Roger W. Straus. FSG was acquired by Holtzbrinck in November, 1994. The company is known especially for its literary fiction, but also publishes quality titles in a range of adult, children’s, and academic subject areas. FSG has an excellent reputation for publishing award-winning quality literature and is acknowledged to be one of the leading literary houses in the U.S. Distinguished authors include Tom Wolfe, Scott Turow, Susan Sontag, Michael Cunningham, Alice McDermott, and Jonathan Franzen. FSG authors have won numerous National Book Awards, Pulitzer Prizes and 21 Nobel Prizes in Literature. Recent FSG Pulitzer Prize winning books include Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides and Moy Sand and Gravel by Paul Muldoon
In 1995, Picador was launched as a literary imprint, publishing both hardcovers and trade paperbacks. In 1999, Picador began publishing trade paperbacks with FSG, and a year later with Holt as well as SMP. Today, Picador is the literary paperback publisher for the Macmillan group in America.
In 2001, Audio Renaissance was acquired by Holtzbrinck. Prior to that, St. Martin’s Press was the distributor for Audio Renaissance titles. The company recently changed its name to Macmillan Audio. Macmillan Audio records the best of fiction and nonfiction available from FSG, Henry Holt, Picador, SMP/Tor Books in cassette, CD and digital formats. In 1994, the Anne Garrels title audio Naked in Baghdad won the 2004 Audie Award for Best Narration by Author or Authors.
Palgrave Macmillan is a global crossmarket publisher. Palgrave Macmillan’s trade list is comprised of serious non-fiction representing the best thinking and research in the core areas of Politics, Business and History along with Current Affairs titles across a range of subjects. Palgrave Macmillan trade titles have been widely acclaimed as books that have transformed the national dialogue and include such prominent authors as John Dean, Juan Cole, Kenneth Roman, Abe Foxman, Walid Phares, General Wesley Clark, General Tony Zinni and many others.
College & Academic
Established in 1981, Bedford/St. Martin’s is a college publisher specializing in the humanities. It is the largest publisher of textbooks for college English courses, as well as a leading publisher in the disciplines of history, communications, business and technical writing, political science, and music. A number of other best-selling texts in the BSM list: Axelrod & Cooper’s St. Martin’s Guide to Writing, Kegley & Wittkop’s World Politics and Kirzner & Mandell’s Patterns for Writing.W.H. Freeman was founded in 1946 by William H. Freeman, who had been a salesman and editor at Macmillan, Freeman’s first book was General Chemistry (written by the late Nobel laureate Linus Pauling). That pioneering text revolutionized the chemistry curriculum and set the high standard of book production that established Freeman as the premier science publisher. Freeman titles that have become the leading texts in their field include David Moore’s The Basic Practice of Statistics, Lubert Stryer’s Biochemistry and Peter Atkin’s Physical Chemistry.
Bedford, Freeman and Worth Publishing Group, LLC, is a confederation of these three unique textbook publishing houses, each of which pursues its own publishing program independent from the others.
Palgrave Macmillan is a global academic publisher, serving learning and scholarship in higher education and the professional world. Palgrave Macmillan publishes textbooks, journals, monographs, professional and reference works in print and online such as The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. Palgrave was created in 2000 when St. Martin’s Press Scholarly and Reference (US) and Macmillan Press (UK) united their world-wide publishing operations. The company formed was renamed Palgrave Macmillan in January 2002.
Magazines & Journals
Scientific American is the oldest continuously published magazine in the U.S. and has been bringing its readers unique insights about developments in science and technology for more than 150 years, while Nature (launched in 1869) is the world’s foremost weekly scientific journal and is the flagship journal for Nature Publishing Group.