HarperCollins is shifting all nonfiction titles acquired by Harlequin for publication in August 2015 and beyond to the William Morrow list. The move, which was announced by Michael Morrison, president and publisher of U.S. general books and Canada, comes three months after HarperCollins' parent company News Corp. completed its purchase of Harlequin on August 1.
"Since the acquisition of Harlequin, we have been looking at ways we can work together in order to be most effective and provide the greatest benefit to our authors," said Morrison. "As a result, the one area we have decided to align is nonfiction. We feel that our longstanding expertise and strength in nonfiction publishing will benefit the Harlequin nonfiction authors and titles."
As a result of the change, Morrison announced the move of three Harlequin staffers into the William Morrow team. Deborah Brody, who joined Harlequin in 2007 to launch and oversee the nonfiction program, will become executive editor at William Morrow on December 1. She will report to Cassie Jones.
Also moving to Morrow on December 1 is Cara Bedick, who will be a senior editor, reporting to Brody. Rebecca Hunt will join the Harper design group on November 10 as senior editor reporting to Marta Schooler. All three editors will be moving from the Harlequin New York City offices to HC's headquarters on lower Broadway.