HarperCollins UK has launched a new digital crime fiction imprint called Killer Reads.
The executives behind this new venture plan to publish one to two titles on a monthly basis. According to The Bookseller, the name came from the publisher’s crime community website which was first started back in 2009.
From August 29th to September 14th, the editors invite aspiring writers to send in unagented submissions. The organizers will only accept complete manuscripts (containing 70,000 words or more) that are written in English. Those who wish to participate can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
News Corp has completed its acquisition of Harlequin Enterprises from Torstar Corporation.
The romance imprint is now a part of HarperCollins Publishers, but will keep its headquarters in Toronto.
“We are pleased to formally welcome Harlequin and its employees to the new News,” stated Robert Thomson, Chief Executive of News Corp. “The addition of such an iconic brand with a loyal audience, robust global expertise and digital depth is a proud and purposeful moment for our company. Onward to the next chapter.”
HarperCollins Publishers has redesigned its website with new capabilities that make it easier for readers to buy books directly from the publisher, in a move to have a more direct relationship with its customers.
The site allows bookworms to purchase print, eBook and audiobook titles directly from the publisher. The update also includes new author tools which will make it easier for writers to embed the HarperCollins shopping cart on their own websites, giving authors an alternative to adding Amazon buttons. “We are excited to be able to offer an e-commerce solution to our authors, ensuring their books are always available to their fans,” stated Chantal Restivo-Alessi, Chief Digital Officer at HarperCollins. “As a publisher, we want to offer as many paths to the consumer as possible.”
The redesign also brings with it enhanced search and navigation, and a new design which includes more promo options such as author videos, sample chapters, audiobook excerpts and a daily deals email newsletter.
HarperCollins has expanded the Harper Voyager science-fiction and fantasy imprint with the “Impulse” digital publishing program.
According to the press release, “the vast majority of titles for the digital publishing push were acquired from an open ‘call’ for submissions hosted globally by Harper Voyager in 2012. The editors received more than 4,500 submissions.”
31 “Impulse” eBook titles have been scheduled for publication starting in the Summer of 2014 up until the Winter of 2015. This inaugural list features a variety of genres including urban fantasy, military science fiction, epic tales, fairy tale remakes, and horror stories. One of the first releases, Thorn Jack by Katherine Harbour, will come out as both a hardcover print book and an eBook in July 2014.
News Corp announced today that it has agreed to acquire romance imprint Harlequin Enterprises from Torstar Corporation, in a deal whose terms were not disclosed. News Corp will make Harlequin a division of its subsidiary HarperCollins Publishers.
“Harlequin is a perfect fit for the new News Corp, vastly expanding our digital platform, extending our reach across borders and languages, and is expected to provide an immediate lift to earnings,” explained Robert Thomson, Chief Executive of News Corp, in a press release. “Harlequin has a devoted audience around the globe and an empathetic insight into contemporary cultures, which is itself a remarkable resource. This acquisition will broaden the boundaries of both HarperCollins and Harlequin, and is a significant step in our strategy to establish a network of digital properties in the growth regions of the world.”
The deal will help HarperCollins goal to expand into more foreign markets. Harlequin has titles in 34 languages and sells in more than 100 international markets. Harlequin earns about 40 percent of its revenues come from non-English books, whereas 99 percent of HarperCollins books are published in English.
HarperCollins will publish an eBook edition of The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein on February 18th.
This release marks the first time a Silverstein title was released as a digital book. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Silverstein “never allowed paperback editions of his books.”
The publisher organized this to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the publication of this iconic children’s book. How will you be celebrating this momentous occasion?
The Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, has named four publicity directors as vice presidents.
Here are the directors, with their new titles: VP, director of publicity Tammy Blake (Crown Archetype, Harmony, Crown Forum, and Three Rivers Press imprints), VP, director of marketing & publicity Tara Gilbride (Crown Business imprint), VP, director of publicity Annsley Rosner (Crown Publishers, Hogarth, and Broadway Books imprints) and VP, director of publicity Kate Tyler (Clarkson Potter imprint).
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