HC imprint Angry Robot acquired by Osprey

<p>HarperCollins UK&#39;s sci fi imprint Angry Robot has been bought by military history specialist Osprey, less than a year after first launching. </p><p>The company will take &quot;a short breaK&quot;, relaunching in September, when it will be run as an separate publishing imprint, remaining in Nottingham, albeit in new premises, with the full backing of Osprey. The team of two - founder and publisher Marc Gascoigne and editor Lee Harris - will continue in their current roles, and the publishing programme will be &quot;basically unaffected&quot; by the move. </p><p>Gasgoine said: &quot;With the support of HarperCollins UK, my team and I have worked very hard on Angry Robot since it was started in July 2009. We have a great publishing programme in place and a dedicated bunch of fans, the Robot Army, as well as some strong sales of our first titles in the UK and an imminent launch into the USA. </p><p>&quot;We are very pleased to have become part of the burgeoning Osprey Empire. They understand our business and the enthusiasts who drive it.&quot;</p><p>Osprey&#39;s marketing director Richard Sullivan said: &quot;We have a great deal of experience of serving specialist niches with a very tight product focus. Angry Robot is a great fit with our existing businesses. We are very excited about the opportunity to enter into a new market and we are looking forward to helping Angry Robot, its authors and its readers go to some exciting places.&quot;</p><p>He highlighted its &quot;extremely active&quot; online presence, particularly the blog Robot Army, as a crucial part in the further development of building &quot;niche communities of enthusiasts&quot;. </p><p>&quot;They have a similar attitude towards marketing, which reflects the nature of working with a niche audience,&quot; Sullivan added. </p><p>Chris Michaels, HarperCollins&#39; digital publisher for fiction and non-fiction, who helped set up Angry Robot, added: &quot;Having helped build the foundations for a successful future, we are delighted that the Angry Robot team has found a new publishing partner in Osprey. We believe this will help them develop their niche offering, supported by Osprey&rsquo;s specialist sales and marketing teams. We wish them good luck for the future.&quot; </p>