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PUBLISHERS are the companies that employ editors, produce books, have books printed, arrange to distribute books, market books, and ultimately ensure that the works of your favorite writers end up in your hands. For other key definitions in the romance industry, see: Romance Definitions. Collectively, publishers in the North American market (USA plus Canada) published 2,523 Romance book titles in 1999 (originals plus reprints); 2,289 titles in 2000; and 2,143 titles in 2001. I'll add the numbers for 2002 and 2003 when I confirm them. Romance Writers of America, Inc., is the primary source of the data on this web page. Not all publishers are created equal. Romance Writers of America, for instance, focusses on those publishers whose books and authors are eligible for RITA Awards. "A RITA-eligible publisher is defined as a non-subsidy, non-vanity publisher that has released books on a regular basis via national distribution for a minimum of one year and has sold a minimum of 1,500 hardcover/trade paperback copies or 5,000 copies of any other format of a single fiction book or a novella or collection of novellas in book form." The 11 major publishing houses and their imprints [with number of titles released in 2000/2001] include:
  1. Bertlesmann: 139/107: Ballantine, Bantam, Dell, Delacorte, Doubleday, Fawcett, Ivy, Westerbrook
  2. BET: 59/60: BET, Arabesque
  3. Bethany: 10/21
  4. Dorchester: 116/111: Leisure, Lovespell
  5. Kensington: 274/204: Kensington, Pinnacle, Bouquet, Brava, Precious Gems, Zebra
  6. Pearson: 161/138: Berkley, NAL, Dutton, Jove, Onyx, Putnam, Signet, Topaz, Viking
  7. Pocket: 57/56: Pocket, Sonnet
  8. Questar Multnomah: Not Applicable/13
  9. St.Martins: 30/54
  10. Torstar: 982/1067: Harlequin, Mills & Boon, MIRA, Red Dress, Silhouette, Steeple Hill
  11. Warner: 15/25
Additionally, these 3 medium-sized publishing houses each released between 1 and 9 Romance titles in 2001:
  1. GenesisPress/Indigo
  2. Tor/Forge
  3. FiveStar
As of August 2003, these publishers [number of Romance releases in 2000/ number of Romance releases in 2001] and their imprints are RITA-Eligible:
  1. Avalon Books: 36/33
  2. Avon Books: combined with HarperCollins 108/100
  3. (Avon and Harper merged in 2000)
  4. Baker Book House
  5. Ballantine Books
  6. Bantam Books
  7. Barbour Publishing
  8. BelleBooks
  9. Berkley
  10. BET Books
  11. Bethany House
  12. Brilliance AudioBooks
  13. Broadman & Holman
  14. Chariot Victor 
  15. Crossings Book Club
  16. Dell
  17. Delacorte
  18. Dorchester Publishing
  19. Doubleday
  20. Dutton
  21. Fawcett
  22. Five Star Publishing
  23. Genesis Press
  24. G.P. Putnam’s Sons
  25. Granite Publishing & Distribution, L.L.C.
  26. Harlequin Books
  27. Harper
  28. HarperCollins Children's Books/Avon
  29. Harvest House
  30. Hawk Publishing Group
  31. HeartQuest
  32. ImaJinn Books
  33. Jove
  34. Kensington Publishing Corp.
  35. Leisure
  36. Literary Guild/Doubleday Book Club
  37. Macmillan
  38. Mills & Boon LTD
  39. MIRA Books
  40. Multnomah Publishing Inc.
  41. NAL [New American Library]
  42. Onyx
  43. Palisades Publishers
  44. Penguin/Putnam
  45. Pocket Books
  46. Rainbow Books, Inc.
  47. Red Sage Publishing, Inc.  
  48. Revell Publishing
  49. Severn House
  50. Signet
  51. Silhouette Books
  52. St. Martin’s Press
  53. Simon & Schuster
  54. Steeple Hill
  55. Thorndike Press
  56. Topaz
  57. Tor/Forge
  58. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
  59. Viking
  60. W Publishing Group
  61. Warner Books
  62. WaterBrook Press
  63. Zebra
  64. Zondervan
{to be done}: * add number of releases in 2000,2002,2003 * indicate membership in groups

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