Penguin Random House Publisher Services (PRHPS) yesterday announced 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.”