Building on Harlequin’s overseas publishing programs in the Netherlands, Japan, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, HarperCollins launches four new international lines: HarperCollins Holland, HarperCollins Japan, HarperCollins Nordic and HarperCollins Polska.
Harlequin’s existing operations in those regions will continue as HarperCollins introduces an additional 30–50-title list tailored to each new division beginning this fall. Leading off the new lines are translated editions of some of HarperCollins’s best-selling titles.
Speaking earlier this year at Digital Book World 2015, CEO Brian Murray confirmed HarperCollins would build on its experience acquiring Harlequin in August 2014 in order to grow its international footprint. Since then, the publisher has rolled out divisions focused on Germany, Spain and Latin America.
HarperCollins Publishers Expands Rebranding of Foreign Language Offices
Forms HarperCollins Holland, HarperCollins Japan, HarperCollins Nordic, and HarperCollins Polska
Announces Additional Authors in Translation Program
London Book Fair (April 14, 2015) – HarperCollins Publishers today announced the expansion of its foreign language publishing program with the formation of HarperCollins Holland, HarperCollins Japan, HarperCollins Nordic (comprised of Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Denmark), and HarperCollins Polska (comprised of Poland, Czech Republic, and Slovakia), an extension of the existing Harlequin publishing programs in those locations. Each market will publish a list of 30-50 HarperCollins books starting in Fall 2015. The existing Harlequin programs will continue.
The programs will initially launch with several #1 internationally bestselling authors including Karin Slaughter and Daniel Silva, as well as Faye Kellerman, Stephanie Laurens, and Alyson Noel, all to be published in 15 foreign language markets. Each local list will be further curated with titles tailored to the individual markets.
“The growth of our foreign language publishing program is proceeding as we had envisioned and we are thrilled to be expanding into these new regions with such an outstanding list of authors,” said Brian Murray, President and CEO of HarperCollins Publishers. “We have seen great success in coordinated global publishing in the English language – lining up marketing, sales, and publicity in multiple markets simultaneously. Now, we are able to extend the effort even further to these foreign language markets.”
In August 2014, HarperCollins completed the acquisition of Harlequin, adding more than a dozen international publishing offices to the company’s operations. Over the last year it has formed HarperCollins Germany, HarperCollins Iberica, and HarperCollins Español, in addition to those announced today.
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