It's always great to hear news of Ben Sevier, who edited my Wiki Coffin mysteries when he was at St. Martins Press. Alas, when Ben left SMP, the Wiki Coffin book series died a natural death, though the hero himself lives on in a series of stories in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, thanks to the huge enthusiasm of Linda Landrigan and her able editorial assistant, Jackie Sherbow.
The latest Wiki Coffin story, Salt, is in the issue of the magazine that is hitting the stores right now.
Ben's career at Dutton (an imprint of Penguin) has been meteoric.
Sevier (pictured) joined Dutton as Senior Editor in January 2007, became Executive Editor in 2009 and was appointed Editor-in-Chief in 2011.
Now, according to Publishers Lunch:
Dutton will join the digital imprint movement later this summer by relaunching its Dutton Guilt-Edged Mysteries line, which published hardboiled and noir titles from 1947 to 1956, as an ebook-only venture. The new program, overseen by Dutton editor-in-chief Ben Sevier, will publish stories and novellas ranging between 10,000 and 50,000 words on a monthly basis and will launch with NPR news editor Krishnadev Calamur’s debut novella Murder in Mumbai.
"The re-launch of Dutton Guilt-Edged Mysteries is a fitting tribute to Mickey Spillane, one of the 20th century’s bestselling and most beloved novelists," Sevier said in a statement. The new imprint is built to find fresh voices in crime fiction and publish them using distinctly 21st century techniques." The imprint says it will publish one title annually from Book Country's community of writers.