PRHPS' newest client: Wattpad WEBTOON Book Group
Penguin Random House Publisher Services (PRHPS) announced on January 23, 2024, a multi-year sales and distribution agreement with Wattpad WEBTOON Book Group (WWBG), the publishing company encompassing the diverse fiction imprints of Wattpad Books, W by Wattpad Books, and Frayed Pages x Wattpad Books, plus the electrifying graphic novels of WEBTOON Unscrolled. Beginning September 1, 2024, PRHPS will sell and distribute the entire WWBG frontlist and backlist across all sales channels worldwide.
Formed in 2019 as Wattpad Books before evolving into the Wattpad WEBTOON Book Group with the launch of Wattpad WEBTOON Studios, WWBG publishes over 40 new titles a year and has quickly developed a stellar backlist. From hits like True Beauty by Yaongyi, The Falling by Anna Todd, Night Shift by Annie Crown, Float by Kate Marchant, and Everything Is Fine by Mike Birchall, the breadth of WWBG’s catalog has won over fans across the globe.
Tina McIntyre, SVP and Head of Global Publishing at Wattpad WEBTOON Studios, said, “Fans around the world have proven time and again that they will follow their favorite webcomics and webnovels to print format, so we are thrilled to be starting the next chapter in our publishing journey with Penguin Random House Publisher Services. Their enthusiasm and proven success in building brands is unmatched, and we can’t wait to see what we will do together for our titles and creators.”
Rachel Goldstein, EVP of Penguin Random House Publisher Services, said, “Wattpad WEBTOON Book Group has stood out from the pack in discovering and publishing the most exciting and engaging stories across genres in both prose and graphic storytelling. We’re invigorated to bring the full suite of PRHPS and Penguin Random House resources to deliver their books to even more readers throughout the world.”
ABOUT WATTPAD WEBTOON BOOK GROUP
The Wattpad WEBTOON Book Group has redefined the publishing industry by breaking down barriers, allowing fan-driven stories from diverse voices to find a home on bookshelves everywhere. Leveraging the combined audiences of 175 million people on WEBTOON and Wattpad (as of the quarter ended September 30, 2023), we publish stories the world wants to read.
Part of Wattpad WEBTOON Studios, WWBG is made up of leading YA imprint Wattpad Books (launched in 2019), contemporary adult fiction imprint W by Wattpad Books, graphic novel imprint WEBTOON Unscrolled, and the co-publishing imprint Frayed Pages x Wattpad Books, led by bestselling author and entrepreneur Anna Todd.
Visit books.wattpad.com for more information.
ABOUT PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE PUBLISHER SERVICES
Penguin Random House Publisher Services, a Penguin Random House company, is the book industry’s leading provider of sales and distribution services to exceptional third-party publishers. Its wide range of service offerings includes sales, warehousing, physical and digital distribution, credit and collection, marketing, and information technology. Its portfolio of clients includes Marvel, DC Comics, Rizzoli, Kodansha Comics, New York Review Books, Disney, and many others.
Visit www.prhpublisherservices.com for more information.
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