Posted on 01/28/2022 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Skyhorse Publishing didn't set out to become the place where discarded manuscripts went for a final chance at traditional publishing.

That has, however, become its reputation, with its issuance of books by Woody Allen and Blake Bailey — both accused of sexual crimes — and upcoming release of an essay collection by Norman Mailer that his previous publisher declined.

The Guardian recently spoke with Tony Lyons, president and publisher at Skyhorse (and the son of its founder), about the house's newfound reputation.

Lyons pointed out, of those three controversial authors, that while one might not like them, they've had an "interesting and culturally significant life" — hence his interest in publishing their work.

(The Guardian does note, however, that there's a low financial risk in taking on these deals.)

For more on Lyons's beliefs about the role of publishers, head to the Guardian.

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