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HarperCollins to Move Offices in 2014

HarperCollins has signed a new lease for office space at 195 Broadway. According to short statement from the publisher, they will move in spring of 2014.

The building was the old headquarters for AT&T, built in 1923.

Here’s the complete statement from the publisher: “We are excited to return to the neighborhood where Harper Brothers founded what is now HarperCollins in 1817, and begin our third century of publishing where it began so many years ago.”

HarperCollins Children’s Books Editorial Director Retires

HarperCollins Children’s Books editorial director and SVP Barbara Lalicki will retire at the end of the month after 40 years in publishing.

Rosemary Brosnan will be promoted to replace Lalicki. Editor in chief Kate Jackson broke the news in an internal memo. Here’s more from the EIC:

Barbara began her career at Coward, McCann/Putnam, moved to Four Winds Press/Scholastic, and Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, and then served as Vice-President and Editorial Director at Bradbury Press/Macmillan, National Geographic Society, Morrow Junior Books, and HarperCollins, where she has been Senior Vice- President and Editorial Director since 1999. Barbara has worked on many award-winning books, including the Newbery Honor Books Hatchet by Gary Paulsen and Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun by Rhoda Blumberg, and the Coretta Scott King Award winner Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World and the Coretta Scott King Honor Book Mississippi Challenge, both by Mildred Pitts Walter. She also worked extensively with Beverly Cleary, Dan Gutman and Susan Jeffers.

HarperCollins Canada Creates Video Thank You for Facebook Fans

HarperCollins Canada created a special video to celebrate the 100,000 fans who have “liked” them on Facebook.

We’ve embedded the full video above–what do you think? Using the text from the jackets of their books, the publisher had this message for its readers:

Dear Facebook Fans, Thank you for helping create the greatest community of readers online. One hundred thousand strong and growing every day; made up of awesome, incredible book lovers just like you. We hope you’ll continue to share inspiration, share imagination and share reading.

HarperTeen Impulse Digital Imprint Launched

HarperCollins has created HarperTeen Impulse, an eBook imprint dedicated to publishing short stories and novellas for the young-adult genre.

The imprint will release one to four eBooks on the first Tuesday of every month, a day the publisher has dubbed “Impulse Tuesday.” The prices will range between $0.99 to $2.99. Follow this link to see the upcoming titles.

Here’s more from the release: “The first titles go on sale December 4, 2012, and they include Breathless by Sophie Jordan, a companion novella to her Firelight series; Stupid Perfect World, a future-set novella by bestselling author Scott WesterfeldCruisin’ by Sarah Mlynowski, a short story in which teens take a plunge on the high seas and discover that everything is not as it seems; and Radiant by Cynthia Hand, a novella set in the world of her bestselling Unearthly series…Forthcoming titles include The Prince: A Selection Novella by Kiera Cass, a companion to the New York Times bestseller The Selection; Tags, a one-act play by National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Walter Dean Myers; and One Day More, a prequel novella to bestselling author Aprilynne Pike’s forthcoming novel, Life After Theft.”

News Corp. Interested in Buying Simon & Schuster

The News Corp. owned Wall Street Journal broke the news this afternoon that News Corp. (the corporate parents of HarperCollins) have pondered buying Simon & Schuster.

Check it out: “News Corp, owner of HarperCollins Publishers, has expressed interest to CBS Corp. about acquiring its Simon & Schuster book business, according to people familiar with the talks. The people described the talks as preliminary and cautioned that a deal isn’t imminent.”

At the end of October, Pearson-owned newspaper the Financial Times reported that Random House and Penguin were holding similar talks. Three days later, the companies announced a merger.

RR Donnelley to Warehouse All HarperCollins U.S. Titles

HarperCollins has turned over its U.S. distribution to RR Donnelley. By next summer, a RR Donnelley distribution facility will warehouse and “pick, pack, and ship” all U.S. HarperCollins titles.

UPDATE: According to the Associated Press, 192 jobs will be lost as the publisher closes warehouse in Pennsylvania.

Under the terms of the expanded partnership, all HarperCollins U.S. books will be available to ship from one central facility. The idea is to make it easier to distribute titles to booksellers across the country with more efficiency.

Here’s more from the release: “With this combination, booksellers will be able to order, track, and receive books through a common system; save time and money receiving fewer consignments from HarperCollins divisions; minimize freight costs; and benefit from increased fill rates through on-site manufacturing capabilities. RR Donnelley will balance print runs across offset and digital presses to provide fast delivery of hot titles, thus getting authors’ books into stores faster.”

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Britney Spears May Publish a Novel

HarperCollins may publish a novel by X Factor judge Britney Spears. E! News reported that the pop singer’s representatives have been negotiating with the executives of the It Books imprint.

Spears (pictured, via) has co-written three books. She collaborated with her mother Lynn Spears on Heart-to-Heart (released in 2000) and A Mother’s Gift (released in 2001). Her 2002 title, Britney Spears’ Crossroads Diary, tied in with her Crossroads movie.

Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “A source tells THR Spears would pen a roman a clef for the publisher. The story would incorporate fictionalized versions of her own experiences, much like Lauren Conrad’s 2009 New York Times bestseller L.A. Candy, which was about a girl who moves to Los Angeles and becomes the star of a reality show.”

Molly Melching Memoir Leads New HarperOne Partnership

HarperCollins’ HarperOne imprint will team up with the Skoll Foundation to publish narrative nonfiction books written by Skoll Foundation Social Entrepreneurs–bright minds who received support from former eBay president Jeff Skoll.

This group includes 91 entrepreneurs from around the world, and they will collaborate with writers to share “dramatic first person stories about creating large-scale impact on the world’s most daunting problems.” The series will begin with However Long the Night: One American Woman’s Journey to Help Millions of African Women and Girls Triumph, a book about Tostan founder Molly Melching. Publication has been set for April 2013.

Here’s more about her work: “Through the Tostan program, she has helped these villages address Female Genital Cutting (FGC)—a violation of human rights and a practice which up to three million girls are at risk of undergoing each year in Africa. Because of their work, over 6,000 communities have now publicly declared their abandonment of FGC. Tostan, which means “breakthrough” in the West African Wolof language, now operates in eight countries and twenty African languages and is applying its successful “community-led” social change to address a wide range of Africa’s most pressing issues.”

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Harper Voyager Accepting Unagented Manuscripts for Two Weeks

Harper Voyager, HarperCollins’ science fiction and fantasy imprint, is now accepting complete and unagented manuscripts for two weeks.

From October 1 until October 14, authors from around the world can send their manuscripts through this submission portal. You can find all the submission details at this link. Here’s more from the publisher:

The manuscripts will then be read and those most suited to the global Harper Voyager list will be selected jointly by editors in the USA, UK and Australia.  Accepted submissions will benefit from the full publishing process: accepted manuscripts will be edited; and the finished titles will receive online marketing and sales support in World English markets. Voyager will be seeking an array of adult and young adult speculative fiction for digital publication, but particularly novels written in the epic fantasy, science fiction, urban fantasy, horror, dystopia and supernatural genres.

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The Most Expensive Agency Priced eBooks

Three publishers will drop the agency model that kept eBook prices the same across all marketplaces, and the eBook price wars have already commenced. PaidContent confirmed yesterday that HarperCollins prices have already started to change.

Last week, a federal judge approved a settlement between between Hachette Book Group, Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins and the Department of Justice. Soon eBook marketplaces can sell some digital books at a discount, reigniting the eBook price wars.

Prices on Hachette and Simon & Schuster digital books still contain the “This price was set by the publisher” tag on Amazon, but their price restrictions will also be lifted as part of the agreement. In the meantime, we took a look at the most expensive books from these publishers–a way to track the changes in agency model books.

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