Publishing Planets: Titan Books

IN CONVERSATION WITH: Sarah Mather, Press and Marketing Officer.

Across comic books, graphic novels, fiction and non-fiction, Titan Books covers a lot of ground. Can you tell us about the publisher and what makes a Titan-worthy book?

Titan Entertainment Group comprises four main divisions – Forbidden Planet; Titan Books; Titan Comics/Titan Magazines; and Titan Merchandise. Forbidden Planet was founded in 1978 and soon after, Titan Books was formed in 1982. 

Over the years, Titan Books has evolved from producing graphic novels to TV and movie tie-in fiction and non-fiction, to developing a new fiction line of SFF, horror and crime. We’ve become one of the leading publishers of fan culture books tied to popular TV shows, movies and games, and this year we celebrate our 40th anniversary. 

What connects our books are strong narratives and powerful world-building that capture the attention of our editorial team and which in turn, we believe, will also capture the hearts of our readers. For me, I’m most excited about stories that challenge the current social norms and subvert the genre, such as one of our recently published titles, All the Murmuring Bones by Angela Slatter. 

The sheer scope of high-profile, bestselling and innovative science fiction available at Titan Books is wonderful – from The City in the Middle of the Night to The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue.

What kind of books personally excite you when everything is so darn good?

That’s a hard question … there are so many! Personally, I find myself drawn to stories that pack a powerful emotional punch like Dark Lullaby by Polly Ho-Yen and The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec which have engaging storylines and poignant themes that speak to your soul. 

Fairy tale retellings are also one of my weaknesses. We’ve got some brilliant ones releasing this year that have got me tingling with anticipation, such as Wendy, Darling by A.C. Wise and What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo. 

The world stopped last year; how did Titan Books keep spinning?

We had to adapt like the rest of the world. The digital sphere became more important than ever before. Specifically, in the publicity and marketing department we maximised on platforms like NetGalley in order to provide digital copies of our upcoming titles to reviewers and booksellers. Our editorial and production teams had to work quickly to produce ebooks. Events were a no-go owing to social restrictions, so we hosted virtual author events with bookstores which were a great way for readers to still be able to connect with their authors and vice-versa.

What are your favourite titles from the last year that you’ve worked on?

Each Titan book is special in its own way, but if I had to pick, I would choose The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez which is a masterpiece of speculative fiction and an epic adventure across time and space. Jimenez writes with expert ease, crafting lyrical and poetic prose, as he explores the effects of an unsustainable earth where the human population has taken to the stars. 

Honestly, there are so many awe-inspiring books I’ve worked on from the past year, but I must say that our line-up for 2021 is unbelievable – Good Neighbours by Sarah Langan, Dark Things I Adore by Katie Lattari, and Come with Me by Ronald Malfi to name a few. 

What can you share about what it’s like to be a publicist at Titan Books?

Being a publicist at Titan Books is one of the most rewarding roles as you get to work with so many magnificent authors from the beginning of their journey through to the publication of their book and onwards. It feels gratifying to build a close relationship with an author across a series of books and to watch their readership grow and develop. On the other hand, it’s definitely exciting when a new project comes through and you’re given the opportunity to work on a fresh venture.

We’re always on the go as a department, so there’s certainly no time to get bored. I love the variety. We work across a range of genres in the books department, from crime to SFF to horror, and we’re privileged enough to see behind-the-scenes content on the latest movies and TV shows, which is a treat for me being a huge film buff! 

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