Random House is launching three new digital-only imprints for mystery, “new adult” and science fiction titles, and is revamping a fourth digital imprint focused on romance. The publisher appears to be reaching out to authors who were previously self-published and do not have literary agents.

Publishers are increasingly experimenting with digital-only imprints, where a book is published as an ebook first and may never appear in print. Earlier this week, HarperCollins launched a digital YA (young adult) imprint. Now Random House is launching three new digital-only imprints and revamping a fourth.

The new imprints, which fall under the Random House Publishing Group division, are called Alibi, which will publish mysteries and thrillers; Hydra, which will publish science fiction; and Flirt, which will publish new adult titles. (The “new adult” genre, also growing in popularity, aims at college students and recent college grads.) RHPG will also relaunch a fourth digital-only imprint, Loveswept, which focuses on romance.

“There are many readers out there looking for exactly what Loveswept offers—compelling characters and great stories published frequently at an affordable price,” Gina Centrello, RHPG president and publisher, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to expand this program.”

On the website for the new digital-only imprints, RHPG seems to be trying to reach authors who have previously self-published their books and don’t have literary agents. The company explains that “we offer writers a complete publishing package” and “each title will be assigned to an individual Random House editor.” Authors can submit proposals through a web form, where they are asked to provide a 1,500-word excerpt and a brief description of the title. RHPG also says it is “open to previously-published manuscripts as long as the submitting author now controls all electronic and print publishing rights.”

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  1. chellappa chandrasekaran Friday, November 30, 2012

    Very Interesting to know that Random is tapping self published authors.
    chellappa chandrasekaran
    author – science and scripture based books

  2. Sharon Lippincott Saturday, December 8, 2012

    I wait to see what sort of rapacious deal they’ll offer these indie authors who are currently in control of their personal product and profit, and how it stacks up against similar Big Six plundering author schemes.

  3. Sharon Lippincott Saturday, December 8, 2012

    I’ll wait to see what sort of rapacious offer is made to these unrepresented Indie authors who currently control all process and profits for the fruits of their efforts, and how this offer stacks up against similar ones from Big Six profiteers.

  4. Rosanne Dingli Monday, December 10, 2012

    Can you imagine the inundation? Or do I have it completely wrong?

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