James Minz

Baen Books Executive Editor James Minz has worked in publishing for more than twenty years. It all began in a dark and dreary basement in Madison, Wisconsin, where he started out as intern for James Frenkel. By the time he left four years later, the offices had been transplanted to a bright and cheery attic. While there Minz worked in a wide variety of capacities--mostly as an editorial assistant, literary agent and packager of anthologies, including co-packager of the highly regarded annual The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling (at least it was still Windling at that time).

In September 1997, the siren song of the New York City publishing scene was simply too strong to resist, and he joined the editorial staff of Tom Doherty Associates (i.e. Tor, Forge, Orb, etc.) as David Hartwell's assistant. After several years of working on way too many books in way too small a window of time, he had accumulated enough of a list of his own authors to justify his very own job as a full Editor. Coffee, cake and scotch ensued. After those were all gone, there was nothing left to do but join the other German publishing empire, so on January 31, 2005, Herr Minz joined the editorial staff of Del Rey Books of the Random House Publishing Group (i.e. he moved from Holtzbrinck to Bertelsmann). After a couple years with the largest publishing company in the US, it was time to move on.

So on the centennial of Heinlein's birth, Minz joined Baen Books as Senior Editor. And he has been there ever since...

Authors he has worked with include Catherine Asaro, Larry Correia, Hal Duncan, Eric Flint, Terry Goodkind, Elizabeth Haydon, Nancy Kress, Mercedes Lackey, Elizabeth Moon, Frederik Pohl, John Ringo, Robert J. Sawyer, Travis S. Taylor, Harry Turtledove, Mark L. Van Name, Vernor Vinge, David Weber, Jack Williamson, Gene Wolfe, and Timothy Zahn, among many, many others.