UPDATE: Harper Voyager U.S. – Open Submission

  • Posted by David Pomerico on Feb 26 2016

Happy February, everyone!

I know a few of you have contacted us on Twitter and Facebook to ask about the status of the manuscripts that were submitted to the Harper Voyager US open call we had last November. And so here’s a quick update:

We aren’t quite done yet. But we are working on it, and plan to have the first round of responses out to all you writers by the end of April. Ultimately, we hope to have gotten to everyone by the beginning of June.

So while a sloth is our unofficial mascot, rest assured we’re working as fast as we can—there were quite a number of submissions we need to go through. Too, we’re not that big of an editorial team, so it takes us some time (in between, you know, all the other things we have to do as editors).

But the good news is you should be hearing from us pretty soon, and in the meantime, apologies for the delay.

Onward, Voyager!

The HVUS Editorial Team

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An excerpt from Dissension by Stacey Berg

  • Posted by Nova on Feb 25 2016

Dissension by Stacey BergFor four hundred years, the Church has led the remnants of humanity as they struggle for survival in the last inhabited city. Echo Hunter 367 is exactly what the Church created her to be: loyal, obedient, lethal. A clone who shouldn’t care about anything but her duty. Who shouldn’t be able to.

When rebellious citizens challenge the Church’s authority, it is Echo’s duty to hunt them down before civil war can tumble the city back into the dark. But Echo hides a deadly secret: doubt. And when Echo’s mission leads her to Lia, a rebel leader who has a secret of her own, Echo is forced to face that doubt. For Lia holds the key to the city’s survival, and Echo must choose between the woman she loves and the purpose she was born to fulfill.

Continue reading an excerpt from Dissension by Stacey Berg, the first book in the Echo Hunter 367 duology.

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True Fantasy Sports

  • Posted by Dana Trombley on Feb 11 2016

By David Pomerico, Executive Editor – Harper Voyager

So…a long, long time ago, this happened at New York Comic Con, and I meant to do a write-up, but things got nuts, and…

Anyway, on Thursday afternoon at New York Comic Con (2015, if you’re wondering), I somehow convinced six authors to combine two things I love: Fantasy books and fantasy sports. Combining ideas that I had brainstormed years ago with colleagues at Del Rey (Kaitlin Heller, who co-founded “Cage Match” on Suvudu, and David Yoo, who brainstormed with me the feasibility of a Fantasy fantasy league), the concept was pretty simple:

Four authors would draft a dream team questing party…and two other authors would mock their choices.

Each author would have to pick at least one of each:

A warrior/fighter
A cleric/druid/mystic
A magic user/sorcerer/witch
A rogue/thief
And a Wild Card (so, basically, anyone)

With those parameters in mind—and really not much other criteria—we were ready to draft!

The teams were being picked by four fantasy authors, in this order:

Bradley Beaulieu (whose name I unfortunately mangled even after practicing it in front of him in the hall—sorry, Brad!): Author of the TWELVE KINGS IN SHARAKHAI, as well as the Lays of Anuskaya series.

Sarah Beth Durst: Middle grade, YA, and adult author of many books, including THE GIRL WHO COULD NOT DREAM. Has a new adult fantasy series with Harper Voyager in Fall 2016, starting with THE QUEEN OF BLOOD.

Zac Brewer: New York Times bestselling author (under the pseudonym Heather Brewer) of the Slayer Chronicles, the Vladimir Tod books, and his most recent, THE CEMETARY BOYS.

Eleanor Herman: New York Times bestselling author of SEX WITH KINGS and SEX WITH QUEENS, and LEGACY OF KINGS: BLOOD OF GODS AND ROYALS, the first book in a YA series about Alexander the Great.

Starting things off, Bradley chose his magic user: The Lady, from Glen Cook’s Black Company books, setting the tone for a draft that was going to not simply be chock full of “who you expect.”

Sarah followed with her cleric, picking Sephrenia from David Edding’s Elenium and Tamuli series.

Zac, with the third pick, chose his magic user, Raistlin from the Dragonlance series (to much applause), and Eleanor ended the first round with her warrior, Katsa from Kristin Cashore’s GRACELING.

With those picks, our two judges—Bestselling author of Temeraire and UPROOTED, Naomi Novik, and author of THE CITY STAINED RED, Sam Sykes, stepped to the plate.

To be fair: there was commentary during the picks (including particular interest in killing ten-year-olds and poop—don’t ask), but here the analysis really started to shine—like the golden skin of Raistlin, who seemed to be the consensus “best pick” that round.

What followed was a snake format—so that meant Eleanor picked first in the second round, Bradley in the third round, and so on.

It was a fairly smooth process (despite none of the panelists having ever drafted in fantasy sports before), but we did hit a snag early in the second round when Zac picked his cleric:

Voldemort.

Immediately the question was: is Voldemort technically a cleric (the best kind of cleric)? When polling the judges, Sam was swayed by Zac’s arguments, but to say that Naomi was not would be a bit of an understatement.

Cult leader? Dark Lord? Went to wizard school?

There was definitely controversy. So we asked the fans…and by a fairly large margin, the audience decided to let it stand.

Meaning Zac now had two of the most evil magic users on his team, in Raistlin and Voldemort (I didn’t think of it at the time, but I do wonder if he could have just switched the two, since Raistlin was—at least for a moment—a god. Oh, well).

Ultimately, the rounds ended up looking like this:

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Brad was going for an all-ego team; Sarah for balance/multi-taskers; Zac wanted to put together an all-evil team; and Eleanor for balance as well.

With that in mind, this is how their teams looked:

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Which meant Naomi and Sam had some tough choices.

I’ll admit here that part of the problem was one of criteria: what necessarily made the best team? Was it ability to work with each other? If so, Zac’s crew was definitely out, and Bradley’s team probably wasn’t going to work. Was it power? Then maybe Sarah or Eleanor had the advantage, although Zac’s team was very strong.

Or was it simply the ability to beat up another’s team?

In the end, the judges had mixed feelings, but tended towards Sarah and Eleanor’s team. And when the audience was asked, it was clear that Eleanor’s first pick in the fourth round, Hermione Granger, carried an awful lot of weight.

By round of applause (the most accurate barometer of popular opinion), Eleanor’s team was acclaimed the best!

Fantasy Draft winner

(The winner hoisting a victory cup; picture courtesy of Siena Koncsol)

But what do you think? Which author do you think drafted the best overall fantasy team? Again, the criteria is vague, but the stakes are very real.*

Check out the poll at the bottom, and make sure to make your voice heard in the comments.

And hopefully we’ll be able to have the same fun again next year!

*not really

Who Drafted the Best Fantasy Team?

Bradley
Sarah
Zac
Eleanor

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Awards, Nominations, Harper Voyager US, and You!

  • Posted by Dana Trombley on Feb 08 2016

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So earlier this year, the Harper Voyager team talked about our year in review, specifically, all the great books we did in 2015. You can read it, here.

With award nomination season upon us, we felt it might be helpful to clarify that list a bit, just so you know what might be eligible for what: in other words, what original works did we publish in 2015, and what formats do they fall under.

This may seem a bit crass—letting you know what is eligible for awards—because we’re essentially saying: Nominate these books and stories! And, in a way, we are…and it is.

But the fact is, with so many great things being published, it’s easy to forget a book you loved in the early part of last year when you’re considering something for this year, and so we figure it just helps our authors—and you—when you’re filling out any and all ballots you might be looking at.

To be clear, too: we are not endorsing or advocating any of our books over another—we think they are all award-worthy. Nor do we necessarily say Harper Voyager titles are better than other publishers’ titles.

Necessarily say. :p

Seriously, though, we just want to provide voters with a comprehensive list of what is eligible from our imprint, in hopes they get the recognition they deserve. And, also, because it’s a great reminder of all the wonderful books you might not have read yet!

Note: some of these on this list are from our authors, but not published by HV—in case you were wondering!

Novel:

Novellas:

Novellette:

Best Related Work:

  • “Is it Grimdark, or is it Horror?” – T. Frohock
    Read at Tor.Com
  • “We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Romance” – T. Frohock
    Read at Michael R. Fletcher’s site
  • “Science in Sci-fi, Fact in Fantasy” series – Dan Koboldt
    Read here

The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (First published 2014-2015)

  • Brooke Johnson
  • Auston Habershaw
  • Kelley Grant
  • Becky Chambers
  • Viola Carr
  • Katherine Harbour
  • Nathan Garrison
  • Lexie Dunne
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Blood of Innocents is on sale now!

  • Posted by Dana Trombley on Feb 02 2016

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Blood of Innocents by Mitchell Hogan is on sale today!

A novice sorcerer may hold the key to saving his world—or be the instrument of its destruction—in this second book in The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, a mesmerizing saga of high fantasy that combines magic, malevolence, and mystery.

Anasoma, jewel of the Mahruse Empire, has fallen.

As orphaned, monk-raised Caldan and his companions flee the city, leaving behind their hopes for a new beginning, horrors from the time of the Shattering begin to close in.

With Miranda’s mind broken by forbidden sorcery, Caldan does the unthinkable to save her: he breaks the most sacrosanct laws of the Protectors. But when the emperor’s warlocks arrive to capture him, Caldan realizes that his burgeoning powers may be more of a curse than a blessing, and the enemies assailing the empire may be rivaled by more sinister forces within.

And soon, the blood of innocents may be on Caldan’s own hands.

Buy Blood of Innocents, the second book in the Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, now!

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