Garnered from diverse sources:
"Irwyn Applebaum, publisher of Bantam Dell, an imprint that publishes authors including Dean Koontz and Danielle Steel, and Steve Rubin, publisher of Doubleday Publishing Group, which represents authors including John Grisham and Dan Brown, are stepping down from their posts." (NY Times)
CEO Michael Hyatt at Nelson Publishing announced via Twitter that 54 people are losing their jobs.
Houghton Mifflin fired editor Ann Patty and "a lot" of other employees.
There's a salary freeze at Penguin USA.
Wizards of the Coast laid off at least one VP and a bunch of other people.
Harper Collins has deferred all raises until July, 2009.
Tokyopop laid off seven people, including one editor.
Simon & Schuster eliminated 35 positions, according to PW.
'Leonard S. Riggio, chairman and largest shareholder of Barnes & Noble, predicted a dreadful holiday shopping season and wrote in an internal memorandum that “never in all my years as a bookseller have I seen a retail climate as poor as the one we are in.” ' (NY Times)
Be of good cheer, my friends. This, too, will pass. And in the meantime, let's write the best stuff we can possible produce, and polish it till it glows!