Faber has launched a new publishing partnership with the Perseus Books Group in the US, and will now publish in the US directly, beginning in spring 2016.
In February, the publisher announced it was ending its affiliation with American publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux, which published Faber titles in the US through its Faber & Faber Inc imprint. Faber will now hire dedicated marketing and publicity resources in the US, and look to release 60 titles a year in music, film, drama, poetry, crime and children’s, as well as its backlist of more than 1,000 titles. Faber titles will be released in print and digital, and represented by Perseus division Publishers Group West. Faber will continue to sell US rights in some titles.
The partnership will also offer a model to other UK indie publishers, building on Faber Factory Powered by Constellation, a digital joint venture between Faber and Perseus which serves 130 publishers in the UK and 300 in the US.
Faber chief executive Stephen Page said: “Digital publishing and marketing has given independent publishers the power to reach consumers and sell books more effectively and affordably all over the world. The US is the largest English-language market and, while complex, it certainly offers opportunities to the UK’s excellent independent publishers. What we are building is a marketing and selling model for publishers with no editorial resource in the US. It’s a substantial opportunity and a response to global alignments for independents.”
David Steinberger, chief executive of the Perseus Books Group, added: “The dream of integrated global print and electronic publishing is finally a reality. We are gratified to be building on the success of our joint venture to bring Faber’s extraordinary books to the United States and to offer this new global model to UK publishers.”