Because I think it will be interesting to do so, and because I think this sort of transparency might even be useful: Here’s a disclosure statement of past and current business relationships that I have, that I can publicly announce at this moment (there may be business relations I cannot yet disclose for contractual reasons; those will be announced when possible). “Business relationship” in this case means an employee or contract relationship, or a freelance relationship that went beyond single, discrete pieces of work (like a short story or newspaper/magazine article). This list is current as of April 28, 2021; I’ll update as necessary.
Current business associations:
Macmillan Publishing, through its imprint Tor Books, who is my primary fiction publisher in North America. Tor UK, a part of Pan Macmillan, publishes many of my books in the United Kingdom. Also Tor Fischer in Germany.
Subterranean Press, who publishes my limited editions and other specialized work.
Working Title Films, which has optioned my novel The Collapsing Empire.
Netflix, which has optioned Old Man’s War, for which Madhouse Entertainment and Jon Shestack Productions are attached as producers. Netflix also produced (with Blur Studios) Love, Death + Robots, which featured adaptations of five of my short stories.
Fox Entertainment, which has optioned my novel The Kaiju Preservation Society.
Aside from Heyne and Gollancz, I have business relationships with more than 20 other publishers around the world for foreign translations of my work.
Previous business associations:
The McClatchy Company. I worked at its Fresno Bee newspaper (’91 -’96).
AOL (when it was America Online). I was an in-house writer/editor (’96-’98) and then did freelance work (’98 – ’07). What remains of AOL is now part of Verizon.
NBCUniversal and MGM: I was a creative consultant for the TV show Stargate Universe, produced by MGM and airing on the Syfy network. Additionally NBCU had optioned other work of mine, including Old Man’s War for development as a TV series.
Paramount Pictures, which held the film option on my novel Old Man’s War.
Baker & Taylor: I wrote and contributed to books offered by its Portable Press imprint.
The Penguin Group: I wrote books published by its Rough Guides imprint.
The Walt Disney Company: I worked on a project covered by an NDA.
AMC Networks: I wrote a column for its Web sites.
Ziff Davis Media: I wrote reviews and columns for its Official US Playstation Magazine.
Cox Media Group: I wrote reviews and columns for its Dayton Daily News newspaper.
Time Warner Cable: I created a video game review Web site for its Road Runner High Speed Online subsidiary.
Legendary Pictures, where my novel Lock In had been optioned for a television series.
Industrial Toys, with whom I worked on its video game Midnight Star, now owned by EA.
The Los Angeles Times, where I was a “Critic at Large.”
Gunslinger Studios, whose game Exiles of Embermark I worked on.
In addition, I ran a writing/editing business called Scalzi Consulting, which undertook projects for various clients, including Sullivan & Company (a marketing group), Network Solutions, US Trust, Oppenheimer Funds and Warburg Pincus. Scalzi Consulting is currently dormant as I focus on fiction.