Penguin Random House Group
Plaza & Janés
For the upmarket program Ave Fénix Serie Mayor, of a major Spanish publishing house, part of the then Random House Mondadori Group (now Penguin Random House Group), UnderCover establishes an exclusive list of literary writers from Northern and Eastern Europe, including future Nobel Prize Winner Imre Kertész who had never before been translated into Spanish, Norwegian bestselling author Erik Fosnes Hansen and literary award-winning German writer Herta Müller. The first challenge to work on an upmarket level, without losing commercial perspective.
For the prestigious Spanish publisher, in ten years of cooperation, UnderCover contributes to an important Fiction and Non-Fiction list, recovering backlist of authors such as Sebastian Haffner and Luke Rhinehart and including contemporary writers, such as Nobel Prize Winner Elfriede Jelinek, Swedish literary author Per Olov Enquist, Cornelia Funke and bestselling commercial German writer Frank Schätzing. With UnderCover's help, in 2005 one of the most successful international fiction titles of the past twenty years is signed up for Destino's list: the Millennium Trilogy, by Stieg Larsson.
Seeking more space and continuity in national bookstores, the commercial literary Spanish publisher wishes to relaunch his international list and hires UnderCover as counsellors for the restructuring and extension of their international catalogue. In close cooperation with the client, UnderCover realizes research for new successful product lines, such as Landscape Novels (with international bestselling author Sarah Lark, as a flagship), and signs up many more outstanding authors, such as Rolf Dobelli, Ernest Cline, Luca di Fulvio and Keigo Higashino.