By Roger Tagholm
HarperCollins’ UK Chief Executive Charlie Redmayne is positive about the Frankfurt Book Fair’s new layout. “It feels great. I think it flows better across the three floors, and having the rights center just upstairs is excellent. In previous years, you would find yourself having to leave meetings five minutes early to get your next appointment.”
The increasing internationalization of HarperCollins is reaping rewards, he believes, with those titles that had been published simultaneously by its global outposts – which are being rebranded with the HarperCollins name – enjoying sales uplifts of 30%.
However, he cautioned that it was early days yet and the publisher was not trying to enforce a particular approach.
“If an agent wants to sell a title to a local house, then obviously that is fine too. We want to work with agents, but we’ve made it clear that global is key to growth. We’re simply offering this simultaneous approach in multiple territories as an option, as a service.”
The international message is emphasized at this year’s stand where the publisher’s global reach is picked out in sculpted white lettering: “200 years, 4000 people, 18 countries, 17 languages, 120 imprints serving authors.”