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William Morrow Opens Digital Original Mystery, Suspense & Thriller Line

HarperCollins’ William Morrow imprint has unveiled  a “digital-original mystery, suspense and thriller line” called Witness Impulse. The imprint will release its first digital titles in October, already stocked with 100 books acquired by editors.

William Morrow executive editor Dan Mallory will lead the new line. The launch will include classic Agatha Christie short stories, releasing digital singles of the Hercule Poirot stories and an omnibus edition. Here’s more about the imprint:

Witness will feature the same royalty structure as William Morrow/Avon’s other digital-first imprints: authors receive a 50% royalty once their book sells 10,000 copies (initial royalties start at 25%). They will not receive an advance … Even though these books are digital-first, the HarperCollins sales group is always seeking out opportunities in print, working with key retail accounts to execute tailored promotions in physical stores. To date, more than 60 percent of Impulse titles have a print format, with thousands of printed copies sold for each of those books.

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Cody Simpson Lands Book Deal with HarperCollins

HarperCollins will publish the first official book by 16-year-old YouTube pop singer Cody Simpson, a book entitled Welcome to Paradise: My Journey. Above, we’ve embedded a copy of Simpson’s most popular video–viewed  23.7 million times on YouTube.

Publication is set for October 22, 2013. The book will contain never-before-scene photographs as well as exclusive gossipy tidbits about the Australian singer’s personal and professional life. Matt Graham at Scooter Braun Projects, Primary Wave and CAA negotiated the deal for world rights with Harper nonfiction publishing director Anna Valentine and executive editor David Linker.

Here’s more from the release: “Cody Simpson gained notoriety in 2009 when he began uploading songs to YouTube and quickly became a viral hit. He was signed by Atlantic Records and, by 2010, had released the massive chart-topping single ‘iYiYi’ featuring Flo Rida, which has over 23 million views on YouTube … Now his YouTube channel has more than 155 million views, he has over 4.2 million Twitter and Facebook followers, has released two bestselling albums and has embarked on a global arena tour supporting Justin Bieber.” (via Yahoo! News)

Randi Zuckerberg Signs Two-Book Deal with HarperCollins

Randi Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg‘s sister, has landed a two-book deal with HarperCollins.

Zuckerberg will write a memoir called Dot Complicated and an as yet untitled children’s story.

According to USA Today, the publisher plans to release the memoir on November 5th. It will profile Zuckerberg’s time serving as a marketing director for Facebook. She will also include insights from her experiences with motherhood.

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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.”

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