Spanton leaves Orion after 19 years

Spanton leaves Orion after 19 years

Simon Spanton, associate publisher at Gollancz, is leaving Orion today (20th November).

Orion said Spanton was leaving the publisher after 19 years "by mutual agreement."

Spanton joined Orion in 1996, having started out as a bookseller in 1986 and after a spell at Macmillan UK.

He first worked on Orion's Millennium imprint in a wide role encompassing fiction, sports books, military history and children's fiction before it was bought by Cassell in 1999, after which he became co-editorial director for Gollancz with Jo Fletcher. Spanton was promoted to the position of associate publisher at the sci-fi and fantasy imprint in May 2013, tasked with responsibility for "innovative acquisitions and Gollancz’s social media and community engagement, as well as continuing to publish his award-winning list to its full potential". 

At the time, Spanton said: "I can’t think of a better, more supported and valued genre list than Gollancz”. 

In a statement, Orion said: "Simon Spanton, associate publisher at Gollancz, is leaving The Orion Publishing Group on 20th November 2015 by mutual agreement."

Spanton can be contacted at simonspantonwalker@gmail.com.