New American Library
New American Library (NAL) publishes a wide selection of fiction and nonfiction—from bestselling novels to literary classics; from celebrity memoirs to military history; from romance to mystery to science fiction/fantasy.
The NAL imprints—Signet, Accent, Obsidian, Signet Eclipse, Signet Classics, Roc, and NAL Trade Paperbacks and Hardcovers—publish books in all formats, including hardcover, trade paperback, mass market, and ebook.
NAL publishes a large list of bestselling authors, including Ken Follett, J.R. Ward, Jen Lancaster and Karen White, among others. Signet is NAL’s bestselling line of mass market paperbacks, and has published such acclaimed authors as Lisa Gardner, Tami Hoag, Sara Paretsky and Catherine Anderson, among many others. Signet Eclipse is a leading publisher of romance fiction, and Obsidian publishes many bestselling mystery titles. Signet Classics is the premier publisher of mass market classic titles. The Roc science fiction program includes New York Times bestsellers Jim Butcher, S.M. Stirling and Karen Chance. Caliber publishes highly regarded titles in military nonfiction. The New American Library hardcover and trade paperback list includes a wide range of voices such as New York Times bestselling authors Jen Lancaster, Eric Jerome Dickey, Terry McMillan, Karen White, and J.R. Ward.
Founded more than fifty years ago on the principle of “good reading for the millions,” NAL still aims to fulfill that promise of reaching readers around the world.
In the fifteen years immediately following World War II, paperback publishing came of age in the United States, with a handful of companies leading the way. Ten years after conceiving of the British based Penguin imprint in 1935, Allen Lane established an American branch called Penguin Books, Inc. (PBI). The two men that Lane hired to run PBI—Kurt Enoch and Victor Weybright—decided to separate from their British counterpart in 1948 and founded New American Library (NAL). Introducing Signet and Mentor as leading imprints, NAL began with titles such as William Faulkner‘s Sanctuary, D. H. Lawrence‘s Lady Chatterley’s Lover, and John Steinbeck‘s Tortilla Flat. After selling at least 3 million copies of James Jones’s From Here to Eternity in its first year of publication, NAL was quick to publish the popular fiction of Ian Fleming and Mickey Spillane.
The Nobel Prize
- 1936: Eugene O’Neill, U.S. [Signet Classics]
- 1934: Luigi Pirandello, Italy [Signet Classics]
- 1930: Sinclair Lewis, U.S. [Signet Classics]
- 1929: Thomas Mann, Germany [Signet Classics]
- 1925: George Bernard Shaw, England [Signet Classics]
- 1923: William Butler Yeats, Ireland [Signet Classics]
- 1907: Rudyard Kipling, England [Signet Classics]
The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
Vice President, Publisher
Kara Welsh joined Penguin in September 2001 as Vice President, Publisher of New American Library. Prior to that, she held a number of positions at Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, rising to Vice President, Deputy Publisher in 1999. Since joining NAL, Ms. Welsh has published many #1 bestsellers, including books by Harlan Coben, Ken Follett, Jim Butcher, and J.R. Ward, whom she personally edits. In addition, through the multiple formats of New American Library, Signet and InterMix, she has published such New York Times bestselling authors as Karen White, Lisa Gardner, Catherine Anderson, Jen Lancaster, Stuart Woods, Karen Rose, Tami Hoag, and Julie Garwood. Ms. Welsh also oversees bestselling imprints Celebra Books and InkLit.
Vice President, Editorial Director
Claire Zion joined Penguin in 2002 as the Editorial Director of New American Library and was appointed Vice President in 2009. Prior to joining NAL, she was the Editorial Director at iPublish.com, the early ebook company launched by AOL/Time Warner; the Editorial Director of mass market titles at Grand Central (then Warner Books); and an Editor at Pocket Books. She started her career right out of college at New American Library. Over the years, Claire acquired many romance authors who launched successful mainstream careers, including New York Times bestsellers Linda Howard, Sandra Brown, Barbara Delinsky, Jayne Ann Krentz, Susan Wiggs, Carla Neggers and Susan Elizabeth Phillips. At NAL she has worked with New York Times bestselling paperback original authors Karen Rose, Jo Beverley, Mary Balogh, and Tara Sue Me, as well as the bestselling reprint authors Elizabeth George, Martha Grimes, Sara Paretsky, Frederick Forsyth and Raymond Khoury.
Vice President, Executive Director of Publicity
Craig Burke is the Vice President, Executive Director of Publicity for The Berkley Publishing Group, New American Library, and Celebra. He oversees publicity campaigns for the entire Berkley/NAL list and has worked with many bestselling authors, including Nora Roberts, J.R. Ward, Charlaine Harris, Laurell K. Hamilton, Jen Lancaster, A. Scott Berg, and Karen White, among others. He oversaw the publicity campaigns for a number of high-profile, bestselling books, including Ricky Martin’s Me, Joan Rivers’s I Hate Everyone…Starting with Me, and True Love by Jennifer Lopez. After beginning his career at Alfred A. Knopf, he joined Berkley Books in 1995 and has been the lead publicist on books published by Berkley, NAL, Perigee, and Riverhead Trade Paperbacks, including the international bestsellers The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, The Color of Water by James McBride, and Kathryn Stockett’s The Help.
Vice President, Director of Marketing
Jeanne-Marie Hudson is the Vice President, Director of Marketing for the Berkley/NAL Publishing Group. Prior to joining Berkley/NAL, she was Senior Director of Marketing Communications & Audience Development at St. Martin’s Press, where she worked with bestselling authors Kristin Hannah, Emily Giffin, Louise Penny, Lisa Scottoline, Mary Kay Andrews, Janet Evanovich, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Augusten Burroughs, among others. After beginning her career as a bookseller in Atlanta, she went on to publishing positions in sales and marketing in both print and audiobooks at major houses and was privileged to work with authors like James Patterson, David Baldacci, Danielle Steel, Michael Connelly, Maeve Binchy, and many more.
Deadline Hollywood reported that NBC bought the rights to #1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward’s bestselling novel The Bourbon Kings (NAL Hardcover). NBC acquired the project—planned to be an ongoing 1-hour drama series—from Endemol Shine Studios. Empire co-executive producer David Rambo will write the adaptation. The show will center on the Bradfords, a […]Read more >
May 26 marked the release of Among Heroes: A U.S. Navy SEAL’s True Story of Friendship, Heroism, and the Ultimate Sacrifice (New American Library Hardcover) by New York Times bestselling author Brandon Webb, with John David Mann. Among Heroes spotlights eight of Brandon’s Navy SEAL brothers-in-arms who gave the ultimate sacrifice in serving the country. Brandon kicked […]Read more >
Tuesday marked the release of the latest novel by New York Times bestselling author Karen White, The Sound of Glass (New American Library Hardcover). The “queen of southern women’s fiction” (The Huffington Post) kicked off her three-week tour last weekend with a pre-party in Marietta, GA where she sold over 50 books followed by events […]Read more >