HarperCollins has signed a two-book, world-rights deal with author Don Winslow. Under the agreement, HC will publish the forthcoming novels in 12 languages.
The first of the two thrillers will be released in 2021 by William Morrow in the U.S. and HarperFiction in the U.K. The books will also be published directly by HarperCollins in Brazil, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, and in the Spanish language in Spain and the Americas.
The Winslow deal is the latest in HC’s ongoing efforts to publish select major commercial authors in different languages in countries where the publisher has a presence. The program began about two years ago with Karin Slaughter and Daniel Silva and has grown steadily.
“I am really happy with the progress of the program,” Brian Murray, HC CEO, said. He expects foreign-language sales to account for about 10% of all HC revenue in 2017, up from about 1% three years ago.
Murray acknowledged that the worldwide program isn’t for every author, but said Winslow was thrilled to work with HC across the globe. “We have a suite of services that are very compelling,” Murray said, noting that, for Winslow, HC will coordinate not only his U.S. tour but his European tour as well tour for the forthcoming title.
In a statement, Winslow credited HC with helping to make his most recent book, The Force, a bestseller around the world. Movies based on The Force and Winlsow’s The Cartel are currently in the works.
“Don is working at the peak of his considerable powers, and if the publishing success of The Force and The Cartel and the upcoming movies based on them are any indication, his future is going to be very bright indeed. I couldn’t be happier to have the chance to work on more books with him,” said v-p executive editor for Morrow David Highfill, who negotiated the deal with Shane Salerno of The Story Factory.
The second book in the deal will be published in 2022.