10 October 2012
Quercus Publishing Plc
("Quercus" or the "Company")
QUERCUS LAUNCHES NEW NORTH AMERICAN BUSINESS AND PARTNERSHIP WITH RANDOM HOUSE
Quercus Publishing Plc, the UK-listed 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
Speaking at the Frankfurt Book Fair, Quercus' co-founder and Chief Executive Mark Smith 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 grow our offering organically 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 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."
About Quercus Publishing
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. In 2014, the first full year of the new partnership with Random House, Quercus expects to
publish 125 titles, rising to 200 during 2016.
About Random House Publisher Services
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.
The Directors of the Company are responsible for the contents of this announcement.
QUERCUS PUBLISHING PLC
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