In this time of accelerated evolution in the field of digital publishing, the editorial leaders of Harper Voyager in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia have announced an exciting joint venture that will offer talented aspiring writers the chance to join the global science fiction and fantasy imprint.
For the first time in over a decade, Harper Voyager is offering writers the chance to submit full, unagented manuscripts for a limited two-week period. The publisher is seeking new authors with fresh voices, strong storytelling abilities, original ideas and compelling storylines. Harper Voyager is home to some of the biggest names in science fiction and fantasy, including George R. R. Martin, Kim Harrison, Raymond E. Feist, Robin Hobb, Richard Kadrey, Sara Douglass, Peter V. Brett and Kylie Chan, among others.
The submission portal, Harper Voyager Submissions, will be open from the 1st to the 14th of October 2012. The manuscripts will then be read and those most suited to the global Harper Voyager list will be selected jointly by editors in the USA, UK and Australia. Accepted submissions will benefit from the full publishing process: accepted manuscripts will be edited; and the finished titles will receive online marketing and sales support in World English markets.
Voyager will be seeking an array of adult and young adult speculative fiction for digital publication, but particularly novels written in the epic fantasy, science fiction, urban fantasy, horror, dystopia and supernatural genres. Submission guidelines and key information can be found at Harper Voyager Submissions.
The submissions and digital publications are a joint, global effort by Harper Voyager, spearheaded by Deputy Publisher Director Emma Coode in the United Kingdom, Associate Publisher Deonie Fiford in Australia, and Executive Editor Diana Gill in the United States. The three editors note that: “No other publishing company has done a coordinated submission period for unagented authors across three continents, and all of us at Harper Voyager and at HarperCollins Publishers are absolutely thrilled to be launching this huge opportunity. We look forward to discovering and digitally publishing many new exciting voices globally at Harper Voyager.”
Harper Voyager Guidelines for Digital Submission
Keen to become a Harper Voyager author? Here’s your chance to join the imprint that publishes some of the biggest names in fantastic fiction – George R. R. Martin, Kim Harrison, Raymond E. Feist, Robin Hobb, Richard Kadrey, Sara Douglass, Peter V. Brett and Kylie Chan – to name but a few.
For the first time in over a decade, Harper Voyager is opening the doors to unsolicited submissions in order to seek new authors with fresh voices, strong storytelling abilities, original ideas and compelling storylines. So, if you believe your manuscript has these qualities, then we want to read it!
They’re seeking all kinds of adult and young adult speculative fiction for digital publication, but particularly epic fantasy, science fiction, urban fantasy, horror, dystopia and supernatural. For more ideas of the type of books they love to read and publish, check out their authors and titles at Haper Voyager Books.
Submissions for digital originals will be open for a limited two-week period from 1st to the 14th of October.
So, follow these easy guidelines and move one step closer to making your dreams come true…
How To Submit A Manuscript
To submit, go to Harper Voyager Submissions and follow the instructions to fill out the form and upload your manuscript.
Due to time constraints, they will not be able to respond to every query. If you do not receive a response after three months, unfortunately that means your story is not right for Harper Voyager this time.
How long does my book need to be?
We are looking for full-length manuscripts only. A full-length manuscript needs to be more than 70,000 words, and ideally we are looking for manuscripts between 80,000–120,000 words.
Can I submit a manuscript that I am still working on?
No. Please only submit full-length manuscripts that are completed and polished.
What font/margin/size should I use?
Your formatting choices are up to you. As long as your manuscript is double-spaced and readable, it’s acceptable. We prefer Word or RTF, and legible, sans-serif fonts.
Can I submit more than one manuscript?
Yes, you can enter more than one manuscript but you will need to fill out a new form for each submission separately. If your work is a trilogy or series, please only submit the first manuscript.
Can I submit someone else’s material?
No. The manuscript must be your own original work.
Will you accept a manuscript even if the subgenre isn’t listed?
Yes, on the submission form, choose “other” and write in your subgenre.
I’m an agent. Should I use this to submit my client’s manuscript?
No, this submission form is for authors only. Agents should pitch and submit projects in the usual fashion.
Can I submit if my manuscript is under consideration with another publisher?
No. Manuscripts that are being considered by other publishers are not eligible for submission.
Do you accept manuscripts that have been previously published, including self-published?
Yes, we will consider work that has been previously published if the author has retained full volume rights or had full volume rights revert to them. Please provide the publication details.
I have submitted my book to Harper Voyager in the past and it has been declined. Can I resubmit?
If a manuscript has previously been submitted and declined for Harper Voyager, please do not resubmit unless it has been extensively rewritten. You are welcome to submit other works, however.
Which editor should I address my submission to?
There is no need to specify an editor. Your submission will be read by the global Voyager team in Australia, UK and US.
Will I be notified when my manuscript is submitted?
Yes, you will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your submission. Please check your junk email filter for this automated email. If you do not receive an automatic response, please email us at [email protected] with the title and date of your submission.
How long will you take to respond?
Due to the volume of submissions, we will only be able to contact you if your project is the right fit. If you have not received a response in three months time, unfortunately your project wasn’t right for our current list.
Will there be any feedback?
Unfortunately due to the volume of submissions we will not be able to provide individual feedback or comments on submissions.
Can I submit my manuscript after the deadline?
We will be accepting submissions between 1st to the 14th of October, 2012. Unfortunately at the moment we cannot accept any late or early submissions outside of these times.
Will you publish my book into print?
We are looking primarily for e-only titles. There is the possibility that submissions will be published in print as well.
Why is Harper Voyager embarking upon a digital publishing program? Why now?
We believe the timing is perfect for Harper Voyager to publish digitally. We’ve already been publishing digital originals from our existing Harper Voyager authors, and are thrilled to expand this wider to welcome new authors and voices to Harper Voyager. The growth of eReaders and e-books has created an exciting new opportunity that allows us to begin increasing the number and diversity of our speculative fiction list. And speculative fiction readers are the most savvy early adopters so we’re keen to provide our readers with the best ebooks possible.
How is the Harper Voyager digital list different from Harper Voyager Books?
Harper Voyager has a long history of publishing fantastic speculative fiction, including authors like Robin Hobb, Ray Feist, George R.R. Martin, Kim Harrison, Kylie Chan, Richard Kadrey, Fiona McIntosh, Peter Brett and Sara Douglass: our editorial staff and sales/marketing/publicity force are highly respected, and Harper Voyager authors benefit from those existing talents, platforms, and relationships.
The Voyager digital list is growing from our existing publishing program. We’re always looking for ways to grow our authors in a marketplace rife with new opportunity. We see the digital list as a fantastic opportunity to find exciting new writers and reach more readers than ever before.
Our enthusiastic editorial team acquires content for both our print and digital lists and we are passionate genre fans. The Harper Voyager digital lists offer similar benefits to authors as the print list: each Harper Voyager e-book will receive a distinctive cover treatment. Authors will receive the benefit of editorial structural and copyediting advice from experienced editors. During the publication cycle, the books will receive support from Harper Voyager’s marketing and publicity professionals; and the e-books will benefit from our proven, strong relationships with all e-book channels and online retailers.
How many titles per month will you release?
Currently, we are looking to acquire enough content to release a new Harper Voyager digital title each month.
Where will Harper Voyager’s digital titles be sold? Will Harper Voyager e-books be distributed globally?
Every Harper Voyager digital contract will include World English language distribution, so we can deliver these e-books everywhere around the world where English-language novels are sold. Our Harper Voyager e-books will be available at every e-retailer, and readers will be able to download them onto every portable reading device and platform sold today…and tomorrow, too.
What types of submissions is Harper Voyager interested in?
Voyager is looking for authors with a fresh voice, strong storytelling abilities, original ideas and a compelling storyline. If you believe your manuscript has these qualities, then we want to see it! We’re actively seeking speculative fiction genres, especially epic fantasy, science fiction, urban fantasy, horror, dystopia, supernatural and YA.
Can existing Harper Voyager authors also submit to Harper Voyager digital?
If a debut author is published under the Harper Voyager digital imprint; is there a chance to be published in print as well?
Yes, there is the possibility that submissions will be published in print as well.
Is Harper Voyager publishing fiction only?
Yes, we are only looking for speculative fiction manuscripts.
Is Digital Harper Voyager a Custom/Vanity Publisher?
No. In acquiring for Harper Voyager digital, we carefully curate submissions and edit accepted manuscripts in the same fashion as all of our Harper Voyager titles. The digital list will benefit from Voyager’s editorial, marketing, publicity and sales platforms. And getting all these services at no cost to the author is the benefit of publishing with Harper Voyager.