Author: Sherry Helms
Publishers are the pillars on which the success stories of writers or books lie. It is the publisher who offers platform to a well-compiled manuscript, who brings you the best of literature. We cherish a well-written book and applause its author, but we forget to acknowledge their base — the publisher. So, don’t you want to know about the names that brought life to your favorite novels; that let you enjoy more than one life?
Presented below the names of the top 5 Publishers who lead the Fiction market, along with the brief descriptions of the companies’ profile. Check ‘em out:
Random House, Inc. – Random House, Inc. is one of the largest general-interest trade book publishers in the world that brings the best in fiction genre. Owned by Bertelsmann AG, one of the world’s foremost media companies, RH has its head quarter in New York, U.S.A. This number one publishing house has the honor of publishing authors like Christopher Paolini, Dan Brown, E. L. James, Laura Hillenbrand, Jane Austen, Paul Auster, John Grisham, Maya Angelou, Stieg Larsson, Abraham Verghese, Barack Obama, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, James Frey, etc.
With the possession of publishing groups like Crown Publishing Group, the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, the Random House Publishing Group and Random House Children’s Books, and their huge number of imprints, the company has spread its wings across the globe.
Hachette Book Group – Resulted from the acquisition of Time Warner Book Group by Hachette Livre, a global publishing company based in France, the Hachette Book Group publishes each year around 650 adult books, 125 young adult and children’s books and 100 audio books. With imprints like Little, Brown and Company, Grand Central Publishing, 5-Spot, Forever, Mulholland Books, Poppy, and Orbit Books, HBG has a strong hold on fiction genre.
Some of the bestselling authors associated with HBG are Stephenie Meyer, James Patterson, Douglas Preston, Steve Martin, Nicholas Sparks, Anita Shreve, Malcolm Gladwell, Chelsea Handler, Lisi Harrison, Christopher Hitchens and Michael Connelly.
HarperCollins Publishers – Founded in 1817 by the brothers James and John Harper, the company has its headquarter in New York City, and is now a subsidiary of News Corporation. The name HarperCollins is a combination of Harper & Row, an American publishing company acquired by News Corporation in 1987, and the British publisher William Collins, Sons (founded 1819), acquired in 1990 by the News Corporation.
Having a broad-base in book publishing business with more than 30 imprints, HarperCollins leads the fiction books market in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and India.
In the span of 200 years of its existence, HarperCollins has taken home the pride of publishing some of the foremost classic writers, with authors published originally by Harper are Mark Twain, the Brontë sisters and William Makepeace Thackeray, and that by Collins are H. G. Wells, Agatha Christie and J. R. R. Tolkien.
Penguin Group – Known for its high quality, inexpensive paperback editions, Penguin Group boasts an enormous backlist of fictions from classic era. Owned by Pearson, an international media company with market-leading businesses in education, business information, and consumer publishing, this leading book publishing brand is functional in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa and China,.
Founded in London in 1935 by Allen Lane, who wanted to make fiction more readily available to the public, Penguin Book is now considered among one of the world’s best publishers of fictional books. Among the first authors the company published were Ernest Hemingway, André Maurois, and Agatha Christie. The Penguin Group takes in a number of other publishing companies, including Viking, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, Riverhead Books, Dutton, Berkley Books, and Puffin.
Simon & Schuster, Inc. – A division of CBS Corporation, Simon & Schuster, Inc. is next in the line of the top 5 publishers of fiction books. Set up by Richard L. Simon and M. Lincoln Schuster in 1924 in New York City, it currently publishes over two thousand titles annually under 35 different imprints consisting of names like Gallery Books, Howard Books, Pocket Books, Scribner, Touchstone, Free Press, Atria, Fireside, Simon Pulse, and Simon Spotlight.
In 2010, Simon & Schuster sited 154 titles on the New York Times bestseller list, including fourteen Number 1 bestsellers, which are Broke by Glenn Beck, Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King, Spoken from the Heart by Laura Bush, House Rules by Jodi Picoult, Obama’s Wars by Bob Woodward, The Shadow of Your Smile by Mary Higgins Clark, Women Food and God by Geneen Roth, American Assassin by Vince Flynn, The Power by Rhonda Byrne, and Little Bee by Chris Cleave.