F+W Media has announced the acquisition of more than 250 out-of-print novels, spanning from 1940 to 1970 by authors such as Peter Rabe and William Campbell Gault, to be re-issued as e-books under the new imprint Prologue Books. Deals for the books were brokered with agents representing estates, said F+W senior publicist Bethany Carland-Adams, "in some cases directly with the estates, who have elected not to have literary representation."
"I envision Prologue Books not simply an e-book publisher for out-of-print titles, but as a living record of the crime, science fiction, and fantasy genres,” said Ben LeRoy, publisher of Tyrus Books who is spearheading the project. “There's a great opportunity to shine the spotlight on authors who may have been significantly influential on the current state of publishing, but who have never really received their due for one reason or another. With the help of luminaries in the genres—authors, readers, reviewers—we are excited to find and share those stories."
By the end of the year, LeRoy plans to make over 100 more acquisitions, expanding across all genres.