Press Release: Harlequin TEEN & Hearst's Seventeen Partner On Young Adult Book Publishing Program
NEW YORK and TORONTO, March 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Seventeen, the largest monthly teen magazine, and Harlequin TEEN today announced a book publishing partnership that will debut in 2016. Under the agreement, the Harlequin TEEN imprint will publish four original Seventeen novels in hard cover and eBook formats. Seventeen Books from Harlequin Teen will focus on multi-dimensional and empowered fictional female characters and explore topics and situations that authentically reflect the challenges and joys of being a teenager today, just like Seventeen does in its print and digital editorial.
"Seventeen has always been a huge supporter of great fiction that speaks to our teenage readers," said Michelle Tan, editor in chief, Seventeen. "The magazine published early stories by incredible and wide-ranging authors like Sylvia Plath and Jennifer Weiner and has always celebrated books that resonate with each new generation of girls. We're excited to expand on this rich heritage by partnering with Harlequin TEEN, because they share our commitment to strong writing, showcasing complex and charismatic female characters, and exploring all aspects of what it means to be a teenager today. Our readers are going to love these books, relate to them and, hopefully, be inspired by them too."
"We are thrilled to be expanding our publishing partnership portfolio, and to join forces with Seventeen," said Craig Swinwood, Publisher and CEO of Harlequin Enterprises. "Harlequin TEEN and Seventeen have much in common-they are home to a global teen audience that returns month after month for meaningful reading experiences-and we believe the combination of our two brands will bring something new and unique to the young adult reading market."
Seventeen Books from Harlequin TEEN will be the first branded fiction novels for the magazine, which also produces branded guide books, tip books and nonfiction eBooks. Seventeen, the first magazine ever published for teens, remains the most widely read magazine for adolescent girls. The magazine reaches more than 12 million readers in print every month and millions more access content via the brand's website and social media platforms. In addition to its U.S. flagship, Seventeen publishes seven international print editions.