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Random House Reorganizes and Consolidates Imprints

I've honestly never understood the huge number of imprints at publishing houses.  It is hard for even the editors to articulate why there are two or more divisions that essentially publish the same type genre of book.  Today, Random House is announcing that it's going to consolidate publishing houses while hoping to maintain imprint identity.  

  • Random House will absorb Bantam Dell, Dial Press, and Doubleday Spiegel& Grau.  This will be led by Gina Centrello.
  • Knopf Publishing will absorb Doubleday and Nan A Talese (originally from Doubleday).  This will be led by Sonny Mehta.
  • Crown Publishing will absorb Broadway, Doubleday Business, Doubleday Religion and WaterBrook Multnomah.  This will be led by Jenny Frost.
The consolidation of publishing imprints eliminates the positions of publishers of Bantam Dell and Doubleday and Irwyn Applebaum and Steve Rubin will be, ah, resigning from those respective positions.  The individual imprints will still have separate editorial departments but reside under one of the above three publishing umbrellas but it appears that marketing and buying decisions will be consolidated. Let me know if I've interpreted the letter on restructuring correctly. 

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3 Comments

  1. Amy @ My Friend Amy
    Dec 03, 2008 @ 16:17:13

    I remember when Thomas Nelson did this about a year ago, Michael Hyatt predicted other publishing companies would soon follow. I guess he was right.

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  2. Nicole
    Dec 03, 2008 @ 20:00:38

    Aww…but if Multnomah/WaterBrook are absorbed, how will I tell just from looking at the spine whether it’s religion or not? Hmph.

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  3. Sherry Thomas
    Dec 04, 2008 @ 10:09:38

    I think you’ve interpreted it correctly.

    Nita Taublib, Bantam’s publisher, will be reporting to Gina Centrello instead of the departing Applebaum. Other than that, since Bantam already shares marketing department w/ RH, and Bantam will remain an entity on its own, it seems–seems–that not much will change at the individual author-editor relationship level.

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