Exclusive Excerpt of THE ECHO by James Smythe!

  • Posted by admin on Jan 06 2014

From the author of The Explorer, a new haunting novel about two brothers on a mission. It’s not out until 1/28/13 but we have an exclusive sneak peek right here!

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Digital Submissions Update

  • Posted by admin on Dec 19 2013

Thank you for your continuing patience as we make our way through the digital submissions. We have been truly astounded by the quality and breadth of the submissions we received, and are taking each one into careful consideration – often by multiple editors. We realize that this has resulted in an exceptionally long waiting period for you, but please rest assured that we are working through the remaining manuscripts as quickly as possible, while still giving each a thorough assessment.

We are currently at 295 submissions (from 550 at our last update), and have begun to make a few offers as well.

We will respond to every remaining submission by the end of January 31, 2014.

As before, if you would like to pull your submission, please email us at voyagersubmissions(at)harpercollins.com.

Thank you, and all best wishes for the holiday season and for the new year.

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The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince

  • Posted by admin on Oct 23 2013

 We at Voyager are so excited to be welcoming Robin Hobb to the UK this weekend. The timing is marvellously auspicious, coinciding as it does with the publication of her fabulous novella, The Wilful Princess And The Piebald Prince (sumptuously illustrated by Jackie Morris); with the announcement of her new 3-book deal with us — the long-awaited return to pick up the threads of the story of our favourite characters, Fitz and the Fool (beginning with Fool’s Assassin in August 2014); and also with the rare arrival of the World Fantasy Convention in the UK, this year in Brighton, where she will be appearing on several panels, meeting with fans and guesting at the Voyager party.

But for me the nicest coincidence of all is that this year marks a quarter of a century since Robin — or as I know her, Megan — and I have been working together. Our first correspondence is dated 1988, when as an editor at the small independent publisher Unwin Hyman I bought the UK rights to The Reindeer People and Wolf’s Brother by a certain little-known American fantasy writer working quietly under the name ‘Megan Lindholm’. ‘Robin Hobb’ was some years away from being even a twinkle in anyone’s eye, and by the time it came into existence Unwin Hyman had been swallowed up by HarperCollins and the Voyager list was in the process of being formed.

Assassin’s Apprentice, the first of the Farseer books to which The Wilful Princess And The Piebald Prince forms a sort of prequel, was published in 1995 as part of the launch of Voyager, became a worldwide bestseller and kicked off one of the most beautifully written and passionately loved fantasy series in the history of the genre. We can’t wait to see her and to celebrate her remarkable achievements in style.

Jane Johnson, Publisher, HarperVoyager UK 

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Brand new series from Robin Hobb!

  • Posted by admin on Oct 17 2013

HarperVoyager is thrilled to announce that the new trilogy of epic fantasy novels we have acquired from international bestseller Robin Hobb (‘a remarkable storyteller: a diamond in a field of zircons’ — George RR Martin) via agent Chris Lotts in a major 7-figure deal, will mark a return to her most beloved characters, Fitz and the Fool.

UK Publishing Director Jane Johnson, who made the acquisition and has been publishing the author since 1987, says: “Fitz (FitzChivalry Farseer) and the Fool are my two all-time favourite characters in fantasy literature. The friendship between them is the most passionate, poignant and elusive relationship I can think of in the field. There are 9 bestselling novels in which the pair feature, starting with ASSASSIN’S APPRENTICE and ending with FOOL’S FATE, and it’s been over a decade since Robin Hobb revisited them. I was so excited when Chris submitted the mystery novel and by the end of reading the first volume was in floods of tears, to such an extent that a woman travelling opposite me offered me a hankie and asked if I was OK. Anyone who knows me will tell you that’s a rare occurrence, but that demonstrates the emotional power Robin Hobb wields over her readers. Her fans, who learned of the long-awaited return by a pair of humorously oblique videos posted on YouTube and on social media, are ecstatic at the prospect.”

Video one: Waking up to text messages
Video two: Fitz and Fool

HarperFiction Publisher Kate Elton says: “A new Robin Hobb hardback is always a highly anticipated event, but a new episode in Fitz and the Fool’s story is particularly momentous. Hobb’s powerful storytelling and effortless world building have won her a worldwide following, who will no doubt be as excited as we are about the publication of Fool’s Assassin next year.”

Agent Chris Lotts says “It has been nearly eighteen years since ASSASSIN’S APPRENTICE first turned up in book shops and achieved the status of a modern fantasy classic, launching a trilogy that went on to sell over a million copies in the UK and US. The first instalment of Hobb’s new trilogy brings Fitz gloriously back to life, in a novel full of dazzling twists and turns. It will be happily embraced by her long-time, dedicated fans. I am also really gratified to see Hobb’s audience grow and grow, not just in the UK but throughout the world. She is that rare fantasy writer whose works are now eagerly read by people who do not normally read fantasy, and HarperVoyager and I feel there is super potential going forward.”

Voyager UK will publish the first volume in the series, FOOL’S ASSASSIN when Robin Hobb will be Guest of Honour for the London WorldCon. It will be simultaneously published by HarperVoyager Australia.

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Brand new series for Raymond Feist

  • Posted by admin on Oct 10 2013

Jane Johnson, Publishing Director at HarperVoyager, has acquired world rights for six new novels from Sunday Times bestselling author Raymond E. Feist.

This deal will start a stunning new epic fantasy series, THE WAR OF FIVE CROWNS, which will draw influences from medieval history and Arthurian legend. HarperVoyager will publish the first in that series, KING OF ASHES, in May 2014.

Raymond E. Feist said: “I’ve enjoyed a wonderful relationship with HarperCollins spanning the entirety of my career and couldn’t be more pleased to be continuing it. The HC team are friends and allies, and I deeply appreciate their dedication and hard work.”

Jane Johnson said: “I’ve been working with Ray for over 20 years now and he is one of my very favourite authors, and people, so I’m thrilled to have done a deal that means we will be working with one another for many years to come, bringing his magical adventures to an ever-wider audience across all formats and platforms.”

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