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Harper Voyager to Launch ‘Impulse’ Digital Publishing Program

Harper Voyager LogoHarperCollins 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.

Kiera Cass on Publishing, Social Media, & Ending ‘The Selection’ Trilogy

Kiera CassYoung adult writer Kiera Cass has spent the last few years in the dystopic world of The Selection. The final book, The One, will be released on May 6th. We sat down with Cass to discuss the differences between self-publishing and working with a traditional publisher, writing, and more. Check out the highlights from our interview below…

Q: How does self-publishing differ from working with a traditional publishing house?
A: Self-publishing and traditional publishing differ in three main ways: control, timing, and (to an extent) effort. In traditional publishing, all I can really control are the words on the paper, and sometimes, even those have to be changed. It also takes years to make a book happen. In self-publishing, your cover, your story, and the general vibe around your book is completely yours. And, if you happen to be writing something time sensitive, a book can be produced in months, maybe even less if you choose to do e-book only.

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News Corp to Acquire Harlequin

harpercollins-304News 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.

The 2014 Winter Tour Story Crush Authors Talk Self-Editing & Future Projects

storycrushHow often can you meet five young adult authors at the same event?

The 2014 Winter Story Crush Tour features Robyn Schneider, Katie Cotugno, Melissa Kantor, Courtney C. Stevens, and Lauren Oliver. Follow this link to check out their tour dates.

We caught up with all five writers for advice on writing, getting published, and more. Highlights from the interview follows below.

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HarperCollins to Release ‘The Giving Tree’ in eBook Format

9780060256654HarperCollins 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?

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Crown Publishing Group Names Four New VPs

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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Lauren Oliver Reveals Cover for ‘Panic’

Lauren Oliver revealed the cover for her new young adult novel on Goodreads this morning. What do you think?

Oliver recorded two videos of herself reading the first three chapters of this book. During her introduction in the first video, the author explains that this book deals with the theme of fear.

Panic will come out in March 2014. The Wrap reports that Universal Pictures recently won a bidding war for the film rights to the book in a seven-figure deal.

HarperCollins & Autography Partner for Author Signings

HarperCollins and Autography will team up for virtual signing events.

The technology behind Autography will allow eReader users to add a unique signed page to their eBooks.

The first event will take place at this year’s Romance Writers of America conference. This kickoff signing is scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 20th at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Atlanta. Twenty authors from the Avon Impulse imprint will participate including Eloisa JamesRachel Gibson, and Kerrelyn Sparks.

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Charlie Redmayne To Serve as CEO at HarperCollins UK

After 13 years as CEO of HarperCollins UK,  Victoria Barnsley is leaving. Pottermore CEO and former HarperCollins chief digital officer Charlie Redmayne will serve as  CEO of HarperCollins UK, starting August 5th.

As part of this restructuring, HarperCollins Worldwide CEO Brian Murray will now manage HarperCollins Australia,  HarperCollins New Zealand and HarperCollins India. Here’s more about Redmayne’s career, from the release:

Redmayne left HarperCollins in 2011 to serve as CEO of J.K. Rowling’s revolutionary digital publishing business, Pottermore. Prior to that, he held several roles at HarperCollins Publishers, including EVP, Chief Digital Officer, and Group Digital Director of HarperCollins UK. He joined HarperCollins from News Corp’s BSkyB, where he was Head of Commercial Partnerships for the Sky Online Business Unit.

Do Authors Deserve a Higher eBook Royalty Rate?

Publishers Marketplace covered an “investor day” report at News Corp. (subscription only link) where investors got a closer look at the profit margin for digital books at HarperCollins.

Over at the AARdvark blog, DeFiore and Company founder Brian DeFiore shared the most important stats (chart embedded above): a “$27.99 hardcover generates $5.67 profit to publisher and $4.20 royalty to author” and a “$14.99 agency priced e-book generates $7.87 profit to publisher and $2.62 royalty to author.”

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