Amazon Starts New Crime Fiction Imprint in Germany

In News by Ingrid Süßmann

Edition M, a new imprint for crime fiction, is the latest addition to Amazon Publishing in Germany. It launched with a star-studded party in Munich.
Author Hendrik Falkenberg with Tatort actor Richy Müller at the launch party for Edition M in Munich ( Image © Michael Tinnefeld, courtesy of Amazon Publishing)

Author Hendrik Falkenberg with Tatort actor Richy Müller at the launch party for Edition M in Munich ( Image © Michael Tinnefeld, courtesy of Amazon Publishing)

By Ingrid Süßmann

Amazon Publishing continues to expand its footprint in Germany with the launch of a new crime fiction imprint called Edition M. This announcement comes just months after the German launch of its Montlake Romance imprint in March 2016.

Edition M will focus on German-language crime titles, and Amazon Publishing will continue to sell English-language crime fiction from its American imprint, Thomas & Mercer, in Germany as well.

Franz Edlmayr, Senior Editor responsible for Edition M, said in a prepared statement, “Building on the successful crime and thriller titles we’ve already published under the Amazon Publishing brand, we are excited to present established and, above all, our brand new titles under Edition M.”

Amazon Publishing launched in Germany in 2014, and the company has since released 130 titles in Germany so far. By the holiday season of 2016, Edition M plans to publish an additional 60 titles, by both debut and established crime writers.

The first five titles from Edition M, announced this week, will be published in July and August:

  • Ulrike Busch: Jaspers letzter Flirt (Jaspers Last Flirt)
  • Bernadette Calonego: Die Fremde auf dem Eis (The Stranger on the Ice)
  • Leonie Haubrich: Je schwärzer die Nacht (The Darker the Night)
  • Hendrik Falkenberg: Die Bühne des Sterbens (The Stage of Dying)
  • Dirk Trost: Hundstage für Greetsiel (Dog Days for Greetsiel)

At the launch party for Edition M on July 5 in Munich, actor Richy Müller—who appears on the popular German crime show, Tatort—read from Hendrick Falkenberg’s latest book, Die Bühne des Sterbens (The Stage of Dying). Falkenberg’s bestselling debut hit number one on the German Kindle list, and his first two books were translated into English by AmazonCrossing.

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About the Author

Ingrid Süßmann

Ingrid Süßmann is an IT Project Manager at Droemer Knaur in Munich, Germany. She previously worked as Author Relations Manager for neobooks, and has held various positions at Random House Germany and Carlsen Verlag. In addition to her work in book publishing, Ingrid is also a certified beekeeper and fan of baby donkeys.