Quercus, the UK-based trade publisher of fiction, nonfiction and children's books, including the MacLehose Press, Jo Fletcher Books and Heron Books imprints, announced today that it is establishing a New York office in preparation for the launch of its North American publishing programme in Fall 2013. Quercus also announced that it has agreed a multi-year sales and distribution partnership with Random House Publisher Services (RHPS), a division of Random House, Inc.
Quercus’ Fall 2013 launch will include a diverse mix of 40 titles ranging from commercial and literary fiction to science fiction, fantasy, horror, children’s, nonfiction and gift books. RHPS will provide exclusive sales and distribution for all physical and digital titles in the US and Canada. Highlights from the launch season include Roberto Costantini's international bestseller The Deliverance of Evil and Philip Ziegler's definitive biography of Laurence Olivier. Other notable titles are Mikhail Shishkin's literary masterpiece The Light and the Dark, Frank Schätzing's epic thriller Limit and Gregory Hughes’ highly acclaimed children’s book Unhooking the Moon.
Mark Smith, Chief Executive of Quercus, said, “We have been planning this move into the US for some time now and see great opportunities in this most vibrant of markets. This is a startup operation and we plan to take things one step at a time to organically grow our offering and learn, alongside our partners RHPS, what we as a company can bring to such an exciting marketplace. Our team will focus on publishing commercial titles with broad appeal and giving each title and author the marketing, publicity and outreach support they will need to maximize their potential. We could not have a better partner than Jeff and his team at Random House and we look forward to a long and successful partnership.”
Jeff Abraham, President of RHPS, said, “We have followed Quercus’ dramatic growth and success over the last few years and are impressed with their aggressive plans to expand into North America. The quality and breadth of their publishing program nicely complement those of our robust roster of clients. We look forward to working on this exciting new venture as Quercus’ trusted full-service distribution partner.”
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(October 11, 2012, London)
Quercus Publishing announced today that it has acquired World English Language rights in two new novels by internationally bestselling author Richard North Patterson. The first book, Loss of Innocence, will publish simultaneously in the UK and the US in Fall 2013. The second novel, Eden in Winter, is scheduled for publication in 2014.
Quercus will launch its North American publishing programme with Richard North Patterson’s new book, which represents a very significant step forward in the company’s international objectives. Mark Smith, Chief Executive of Quercus, said, “We are thrilled that Ric has chosen to join Quercus in North America. It signals our ambition to publish the very best writers and emphasizes our determination to build a stable of bestselling authors in the US. We look forward to working closely with Ric to advance his career on both sides of the Atlantic.”
David North, Executive Director and Publisher, negotiated the deal in the run up to the Frankfurt Book Fair through Cullen Stanley at Janklow & Nesbit in New York. North said, “Loss of Innocence takes us deeper into the background of the families and characters we were introduced to in Fall from Grace, with all of the intriguing twists, family secrets and suspense you would anticipate from a North Patterson novel.”
Richard North Patterson said, “I’m delighted to join Quercus in its exciting new venture as an American publisher, and to expand my long and happy relationship with David and his colleagues. It’s especially pleasing that Quercus’ commitment to me matches my confidence in its programme for the future.”
Quercus announced yesterday that it has agreed a multi-year sales and distribution partnership with Random House Publisher Services (RHPS) and is establishing a New York office in preparation for a Fall 2013 launch.
Richard North Patterson’s twenty novels include sixteen New York Times bestsellers. Formerly a trial lawyer, Patterson was the SEC’s liaison to the Watergate Special Prosecutor. He has served on the boards of several Washington DC-based advocacy groups and has received numerous awards for his literary career and public activities. He lives in Martha's Vineyard, San Francisco and Cabo San Lucas with his wife, Dr Nancy Clair.
Quercus found widespread success with the publication of the English-language translations of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest. Quercus has published numerous other international bestsellers including Speeches That Changed the World, Peter Temple’s The Broken Shore, Stef Penney’s The Tenderness of Wolves, Peter May’s The Black House and Mark Logue and Peter Conradi’s The King’s Speech. Other high-profile titles include Universe and Three Seconds by Roslund and Hellström.
Random House Publisher Services, a division of Random House, Inc., is the book industry’s leading provider of sales and distribution services to premium third-party publishers. Its wide range of service offerings includes sales, warehousing, physical and digital distribution, credit and collection, marketing, and information technology. In addition to Quercus, its portfolio of clients includes National Geographic Society, Beacon Press, DC Comics, Rizzoli, Melville House, New York Review Books, Candlewick Press and many others.