HarperCollins has unveiled a new international outpost: HarperCollins Hungary. The unit is being built out of an existing company created by Harlequin (which HC acquired in 2014) called Harlequin Hungary Ltd. The move also follows a growth model HC has established of aggressively growing its business outside the U.S. by broadening the publishing operations of Harlequin divisions in different countries.
The newly named HC Hungary will expand the operations of Harlequin Hungary Ltd. and its longtime joint venture partner Vinton Kft. The latter has been operating in Hungary for more than 25 years under the direction of Jozsef Bayer, who is managing director and co-owner of the company.
As HC Hungary, the joint venture will continue to publish romance titles, while increasing its commercial trade output with titles from HarperCollins and Harlequin. HC Hungary will also continue to publish local authors.
Beatrix Vaskó, editor-in-chief of Harlequin Hungary said the move "provides a solid framework for us to grow our publishing program and expand into new genres.” She added that it give her team " the opportunity to represent bestselling New York Times authors like Daniel Silva, Karin Slaughter, Don Winslow and Nora Roberts in the Hungarian market."