Harlequin Helping HarperCollins Open German Branch
In its first foray into foreign-language publishing, HarperCollins is creating HarperCollins Germany; its first list of about 50 books, including The Heist by Daniel Silva, will appear next year.
The new operation is an expansion of the Harlequin publishing program in Hamburg, which will provide the resources to support the HarperCollins titles. HarperCollins English-language publishers and local German editorial, marketing and sales staff will select titles for publication from HarperCollins divisions around the world. HarperCollins plans to expand its foreign-language publishing with the opening of programs in Japan, Sweden, the Netherlands and Spain in the coming months. In August, HarperCollins completed the acquisition of Harlequin, which has more than a dozen international offices.
HarperCollins president and CEO Brian Murray commented: "HarperCollins has been a successful English-language publisher for nearly 200 years, and we are excited to take our company in a new direction by broadening our publishing operations through foreign language publishing. Harlequin has long had a prosperous German publishing program and we are thrilled to be able to build on its resources to expand the reach of our authors around the world and to grow our business."
Thomas Beckmann, Harlequin Germany managing director, said: "Harlequin Germany has been highly successful, with a strong local presence in all press channels and supermarkets, as well as in traditional bookstores for more than 12 years.