In an effort to increase its international sales, Sourcebooks has signed agreements with four distribution partners.

The independent publisher is one of four houses to sign on with Baker & Taylor’s new Global Publishers Services that provides publishers with international sales and marketing services.

GPS will be representing Sourcebooks in all territories outside of North America and the U. K. Commenting on the deal, Chris Bauerle, Sourcebooks director of sales and marketing, said, “The program will deliver our books to customers anywhere in the world within just a few days, allow for simultaneous pub dates in international markets, and bring a highly experienced sales force that will represent our books in all major markets.”

Taking over Sourcebooks’s distribution in the U.K. starting in December is Melia Publishing Services, which provides sales and distribution to English language publishers. Melia provides specialist distribution through Grantham Book Services, and its publisher clients include Workman, Macmillan, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Penguin U.S. Children’s.

"Melia’s reputation for quality sales and distribution in the U.K., particularly in the areas of our greatest growth—children’s and young adult—make them the ideal partner for providing a highly efficient and effective UK-based operation for Sourcebooks, and an integral piece to our global expansion,” said Sara Hartman-Seeskin, rights and exports manager.

To help grow its international digital business, Sourcebooks has signed deals with Copia to distribute its e-books in Australia and with Vearsa to provide its titles to e-tailers in South Africa (Snapplify), Germany (Libri), and Poland (Legimi).

Commenting on the new agreements, Sourcebooks CEO Dominique Raccah said: “What I find incredibly exciting is that we are only at the beginning of this expansion. These new relationships will open up a world of opportunity around the globe to better serve our authors and their readers.”