Asmodee, the French publisher of tabletop games and home of Settlers of Catan,
Ticket to Ride, Pandemic, Arkham Horror, and Legend of the Five Rings has announced the formation of a new publishing company to be called Aconyte, which will focus on novellas and novels based on their gaming settings.
“Asmodee Entertainment are delighted to announce the creation of their own fiction imprint. Called Aconyte, it will be publishing novels based on many of Asmodee’s best game properties. Aconyte are also actively pursuing licenses for third-party tie-in fiction, with the first of these at the contract stage. Aconyte will start a monthly publication schedule from early summer 2020, producing paperbacks and ebooks for the US, UK and export trade.”
They are seeking authors willing to write these novellas as work for hire. Authors will receive both an advance and ongoing royalties, but copyright will belong to Asmodee. They have a marked preference for authors with experience in writing tie-in novels. Although Asmodee has players worldwide, at this point in time they are only looking for books written in English.
Marc Gascoigne, formerly publisher of the science fiction imprint Angry Robot, will be in charge. He is joined by editorial assistant
Lottie Llewelyn-Wells, and publishing coordinator, Nick Tyler. Aconyte’s offices will be in Nottingham, England, a town long known for heroic tales of adventure.
If you’re a gamer and a writer, you might want to contact them for more information here.
Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as short stories in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress #30”, “Supernatural Colorado”, “Barbarian Crowns”, “Cat Tails””Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on SCIFI.radio’s web site, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions, Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.