The publishing community is grieving today, as Matthew Shear, Executive Vice President and Publisher of St. Matin's Press, passed away earlier this week after a three-year battle with lung cancer. Shear, 57, was one of the earlier supporters of RT, and kept in contact with our founder Kathryn Falk over the years, playfully referring to her and the RT community as "The RT Mafia."
"He was a lovely soul, and we had so many laughs through the years," Falk said today. "Rest in peace, Matthew."
RT's Publisher Carol Stacy said, "My heart aches for the St. Martin's family, who lost a champion of the industry. There are few in the business today who enjoyed publishing like Matthew, with his passion for books and love for the authors. He will be sorely missed."
Prior to working with St. Martin's, Shear was the VP and Publisher of Bantam Doubleday Dell and joined St. Martin's in 1995, where he was named Publisher in 2010. Many authors and industry professionals remembered Shear fondly today. Below are some of their kind words. Our thoughts and condolences go out to Matthew Shear, his family and friends, and the St. Martin's family.
Beth Ciotta, St. Martin's author
Alyson Noël, St. Martin's Author
Holly Ingraham, Associate Editor at St. Martin's
Reagan Arthur, Editorial Director of Reagan Arthur books, an imprint of St. Martin's