Random House in biz with Sierra Club

Pact launches co-publishing arm

NEW YORK — Random House and the Sierra Club have inked a deal to become co-publishers of Sierra Club Books, building upon a distribution arrangement that the two companies have had since 1982.

“This agreement will enable Sierra Club Books to concentrate on the things it does best, while making fuller use of Random House’s publishing resources and experience,” said Helen Sweetland, Sierra Club publisher.

According to the terms of the deal, Sierra Club Books will handle acquisitions and editorial development from its San Francisco offices. Random House will continue to be responsible for selling and fulfillment, which it handled under the old distribution agreement, while assuming additional responsibility for manufacturing and marketing. Random House will also acquire titles for Sierra Club.

Roughly 35 new titles are planned for 1999, according to Sweetland.

A new editor will be added to the Sierra Club acquisitions team.

Beth Gibson, formerly the director biz affairs for Random House Adult Trade, will join the Random House Information Group as publishing director for books and calendars published under the Sierra Club imprint.