Random House moved to expand its digital publishing program with plans to launch three new digital-only imprints: Alibi, a mystery-thriller line, Flirt, a YA/New Adult list and Hydra, a new digital-only science fiction line; in addition to expanding the reach of the Loveswept digital romance imprint. The digital-only imprints will be directed by Allison Dodson, v-p, digital publishing director, Scott Shannon, senior v-p, publisher, digital content, and Matt Schwartz, v-p, director of digital strategy.
Gina Centrello, president and publisher of the Random House Publishing Group, said the new imprints will each have dedicated support team for editorial, marketing and publicity. In addition the Loveswept imprint, relaunched as a digital-only line in 2011, will expand its list to include works in popular mystery/thriller, new adult and science-fiction/fantasy genres. First titles will be released in early 2013 and will feature original works.
“There are many readers out there looking for exactly what Loveswept offers—compelling characters and great stories published frequently at an affordable price,” said Centrello. “We are thrilled to expand this program.”
The editorial team will be overseen by Gina Wachtel, v-p, associate publisher, with the support of Sue Grimshaw, editor-at-large, romance; Randall Klein, associate editor, mystery and thrillers, and Sarah Reed, associate editor, science-fiction and fantasy.
“As publishing continues to evolve, with more authors finding their first home in digital, our challenge is to create new ways for readers to discover books,” Wachtel said, “This dedicated team understands both the content and medium, and can effectively break out authors in the digital space.”