Digital submission update

It’s been over two months since the manuscript submission period closed, and we received over 4500 submissions from all over the world, which is amazing! Thank you all for submitting.

We had originally set a January 15, 2013 deadline for responses to potential projects. We’re reading as quickly as we can–and in fact have our eyes on a few submissions already–but we will not make the 1/15/13 response date .  And we do not want to keep you hanging if we have read it and it is not right for us.

So, we are changing our policy and will indeed be responding to each and every submission. The first wave of responses will go out in January. 

If you do not hear anything via email, your submission is still being considered, and is still in consideration until you receive a response. We will also do an update in mid January to let you know how far along we are in the process.

Our sincere thanks for your patience in the meantime, and all best wishes for the holidays and for a wonderful new year.

ETA: If you would like to pull your submission given the longer time for us to read and respond, it is of course your right to do so. Simply email us and we will delete the submission.

ETA: We’ve started sending responses, both status reports for those manuscripts still under consideration and and beginning to respond to those that do not work for our list (sorry). If the wires get crossed and you received a rejection followed by a status report/conflicting email, please email us at voyagersubmissions(at)harpercollins.com. We are trying to prevent any confusion, but if we do, we will clarify, and our apologies.

194 thoughts on “Digital submission update

  1. This has easily been the longest January, ever! Good luck to everyone still biting their nails. What are your goals for February?

    • I’m simply going to check in here once in awhile, and keep on writing and editing my other projects until I hear one way or another. Hopefully, we’ll all know more next month. What are your goals for February, Erin?

      • Just about the same. I’ve been contemplating doing a detective-mystery in my epic fantasy setting, just for a change of pace. Or maybe a good ol’ romance. I have no idea if it’ll be worth the powder to blow it up, but why not, right?

  2. For those wondering how many manuscripts HV may or may not take, I suspect that they will take how many manuscripts they find that work for them and are written wonderfully well, as long as they can market them and make the moolah. If they have, say, 15 equally FANTASTIC manuscripts that they suspect will sell well, it’s doubtful they will narrow it down to only 12–it just wouldn’t make sense economically for them to do that. At least that’s my take as a former businesswoman, but hey, whadda I know? Good luck to those remaining! I am excited for you all!

    • Harper-Voyager (HV) states in their initial submission requirements (and I didn’t catch that, until someone else brought it to my attention, and I researched to verify) they plan on selecting 12 titles, one e-book release each month for the following year. I assume 2014, but I’m not certain. Unless something has changed — we don’t know — HV will accept 12 manuscripts only.

  3. Need an update… Going crazy, lol! @_@ Good luck to everyone that has yet to hear! Also, good luck in the future to any that have gotten bad news. Keep trying and you’ll get there!

  4. I find it interesting that people are guessing at odds of HV publishing any of us. Do we know how many manuscripts they plan to accept? One? Five? Fifty? Without that information, we do not know. The truth is, most of us will be rejected, while a lucky one or few will be chosen. Also…we have no way of knowing when the selection process is going to be complete. With 4,500 plus submissions, could take a good long while, perhaps many months. I’m spending my waiting time writing another book, and searching for an agent (since mine retired!) for a different project. What are you all doing while we are on-hold (I mean, besides nail biting?) Just curious. Best of luck to all of us.

    • Well… all I can say is, right at the beginning, they did say that they wanted to pick up enough manuscripts to publish a new eBook every month. If we go by 12 as a percentage of 4563, that equates to a 0.26% chance of being picked up. If you go by 50, that’s pretty much exactly a 1% chance of being picked up. Yes, we don’t know how many Harper are going to decide they want, but you have to bear in mind what they were originally looking for. I suspect and hope that they’ll try to take up all the manuscripts that they want to but that it’s feasible to work with. That could be twelve or it could be a hundred. Either way, whoever gets selected has done phenomenally well and I shall look forward to reading their work.

      Of course, I’m still hoping to be selected myself, but good luck to absolutely everybody still in the running.

      While we’re on hold, I’m recovering from being ill and trying to catch up on my university work. When that’s done, I shall continuing writing the three books I’m currently working on and start editing them.

      • I totally missed that they wanted to have enough for an e-book every month. Cool!! But…do we know for how many months? 12 or 24 or, or, or, or…? I’m also hoping that our books will be printed as well. Does anyone know? They were to update us mid-January and so hopefully we’ll know more soon.

        • From what I remember, they said something about it being a new title every month for the coming year. Then again, there’s so much going through my head at the moment that I’m not totally sure I trust my memory on the fine details.

          P.S. January has fifty-eight days this year. :D

    • Writing, writing, writing, writing. It’s all we can really do. Besides, the book I submitted is part of a series, so currently in the first phase of rewrites/ editing for the second book. Then it’ll be on the 3rd, 4th, 5th…..etc. LOL.

      • Mine is also part of a series. I’ve already completed the second book, but needs a lot of rewriting. The book I’m working on now is the second of a trilogy in a completely diff genre. I’m already quering agents for that one. Best of luck.

  5. FREAKING OUT!! I go from super excited to shaking nervous. My whole family thinks I will get published but I’m not as confident. This is my first try to get published and I know that there is a small chance.

    Good Luck Everyone! *fingers crossed*

    • It’s a first for me, too. I’m hoping for the best, and preparing for the worst. To take this sort of a step, for the first time in my life is both liberating and daunting in the same breath. But what is life without a few risks? Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Best of luck Stasia and to everyone else chomping at the bit.

      • We are all chompin’ for sure…and many of us are first time novelists. Are you all working on finding agents, too? I had one, but she retired!! Looking for another to rep a different manuscript. It’s look pulling teeth. It could turn out that it may be more difficult to find another agent then to get a book published! Just be patient, and write something else while waiting, or spend time researching good agents.

  6. I haven’t received a letter letter just yet, but that doesn’t make me any less nervous. I submitted on day one, and unfortunately, I do not recall seeing any automated response. I have seen sporadic posts about a potential glitch in the system that day. I can only hope!

      • I submitted on Day 1 as well. I didn’t get a response, so I resubmitted. The second submission received a reply, “Your submission has been received! Due to the volume of submissions, we will not be able to respond to every one. Thank you for your interest!”
        Hopefully, your submission was received. Good luck.
        CK

  7. I, too, have received a rejection today. Best of luck to those still in the running.

    I have been at this for over ELEVEN YEARS. I quit graduate school to write my first book in 2002, and since then I’ve written four novels, tons of short stories, as well as poetry. I’ve received awards and honorable mentions for my work, yet I have yet to receive the illusive ‘yes’ from the traditional publishing industry.
    It usually takes a big name such as Harper the better part of a year to respond to unagented submissions, so several months is a drop in the bucket.

    I appreciate the opportunity HV provided, and I wish everyone here the best of luck in getting your book published. Don’t lose hope! Keep up your passion for the craft and keep writing– no matter what.
    As for me..I will never, ever, ever give up. Ever. And I hope you don’t either.
    Please keep me posted on your progress.

    Keeping my fingers crossed for you.

    C

    • C, I know how you feel. I’ve been writing for over 30 years. I’m 58 years old. I was a tech writer for a lot of years, and have published non-fiction articles and poetry, and have even won some impressive awards, plus I have an M.A. in Creative Writing, and while at UCLA, was one of 12 students selected to study with Robert Pinsky (look him up. He’s terrific). I currently lead a writing workshop and taught creative writing, and I’m editor for an online lit magazine. I had a great agent from The Ashley Grayson agency, but she retired!! No luck yet replacing her, either. I’ve been writing fiction full-time for a year and a half, and I’ve completed two fiction manuscripts, and have started a new one. We are all in the same boat, veterans and newbies alike. Best of luck to all of us.

  8. Good luck to those who haven’t yet got the long awaited “We are sorry to say that at this time we don’t feel it is right for the Harper Voyager list.” message.

    Yippee I have my first rejection. So, back the coal face: write better, edit harder, submit elsewhere.

  9. Hello everyone,

    I just wanted to wish all of you the best of luck and offer heartfelt condolences to those who weren’t selected. I haven’t received a response yet so I’m still in limbo, but I thought I’d share some tips I use to survive “the dreaded wait.”

    Waiting to hear back on a submission can be stressful, but instead of biting your nails and spiralling into a pit of despair, try focusing on something else. Draft an outline for a new project, read the new releases in your genre, or do some research for your next story. I know I’ve said it before (I swear they’re not paying me to do this) but Absolute Write Forum is a great place to learn more about the publishing world and hone your talent.

    Unfortunately, rejection is part of being an author. You will probably hear “no” ten, twenty, maybe even thirty times before you finally hear a “yes.” Just remember, you only need ONE “yes” to get published. So while you’re waiting for an answer, spend the time improving yourself as a writer. Not only will it increase your odds of being accepted in future, it will help you stay sane.

    Eileen

    • Thank you for the update. I had a snafu on my Yahoo e-mail account (cleared up now) but during the evening of Jan 15 and most of the day on Jan 16. No way Yahoo is able to retrieve my e-mails for that time period, although they did restore my contact list. I was wondering who I can contact to see if Harper sent an e-mail to me during that time when I was unable to receive them? My incoming e-mail was routed by a hacker to an alternate e-mail, which is now deactivated. The name of my project is “Lady Beautimus.” Thank you.

    • Good words, Eileen. Thanks, and best of luck to you, and everyone. I’m still waiting (hoping) to hear good news, like so many. It’s a heck of a job they’ve taken on, so maybe it’s still a while yet before any of us know anything for sure. Let’s go disco.

    • You are so right Eileen. The paranormal romance I submitted was the 1st book in a series I am writing. I completed the book just prior to submission. I have the basic outline for the remaining books on paper, so I have been using my sleepless nights working on writing the second book. It will be done soon.

    • Peggy – I can’t help you as I don’t work for Harper Voyager. I wish!

      Jim – I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you. I’m sure they’ll get back to us as soon as they can, but it really is a huge undertaking to wade through over 4500 manuscripts.

      Rhylee – It’s awesome that you’re channelling your energy into writing the second book! Wouldn’t it be great if your book got selected and you had the sequel in the bag ready to go? I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you as well.

      • Thanks Eileen. Wishing you the best as well. Also, I really like your website. It made me call in a favor and get someone to work on designing a new blog that’s more clean and streamlined for me.

    • Thank you, I’m glad you like my website. I’ll let you in on a secret – I created it myself using a template from one of those free website hosting providers. I paid extra to upgrade to the ad-free package and bought the domain name http://www.eileenmcilwain.com. I’m not a web designer, but I just kept it really simple and made sure everything was formatted the same.

  10. I submitted 2 days in and got my confirmation of receipt and ever since I have been watching my email daily to see a reject or not see one and celebrate another day that someone at Harper-collins is reading my manuscript and I just might make the accepted pile. Each day without a reject is a GOOD day.

    • Good and nail-bitingly intense! Based on what others have said about receiving updates and rejections, I’m guessing if we haven’t gotten one they haven’t read our stuff yet.

      Either way, I’m hoping to hear something soon.

    • In this instance, no news is certainly good news. I’m guessing with 4,500 submissions in the slushpile, and most likely a limited number of Harper-Voyager agents and assistance sifting through them, it could take many months to hear anything. In the mean time, I focus on my other projects and keep my fingers crossed. I guess that’s the best any of us can do.

  11. I have my confirmation from October 14 and no other email saying rejected or still considering. Are they still sending out emails?

    • I have an email saying mine was received on Oct 8, and haven’t heard. I’m not sure they’re sending out in order of receipt. I think that was someone reading a little much into it. But unsure. I’m just hoping if I did get a notice, it didn’t get accidentally deleted in a fury of “junking the junk mail.” Maybe this was the original inspiration for “Waiting for Godot”.

  12. Just received my response and unfortunately it was not my time. Best of luck to all those who are still in the running. I would be very interest to see exactly how many they actually intend to take on.

    • I’m concerned only because on January 15, a hacker accessed my yahoo mail account. The issue is cleared up now, but if I received a rejection on the 15th or 16th, I won’t know because the hacker diverted all my incoming e-mail to a defunct hotmail account. Yahoo was unable to retrieve them! I have NO idea what came in via my e-mail during the evening of the 15th or most of the day of the 16th, and I do not know who in Harper-Voyager I can contact to find out! I might be floundering for months not knowing. I’m biting at the bit to start querying agents and other publishers if it’s “no go” with Harper, but I don’t know. Anyway, chances are slim for any of us to get in this round. With over 4,500 submissions worldwide, and not knowing how many Harper is going to accept, it’s a long shot for any of us. Best to you, best to me, best to all of us. Fingers crossed tightly.

      • Peggy,

        What genre/sub genre is your book? I’ve noticed a lot of Paranormal & Urban Fantasy are still waiting. Also, did you try sending them an email at the email address at the bottom of their last update?

  13. I’m curious about this middle of the month update we will be getting.

    And for those who were declined there is another site that is offering up something else. I would hate to do a little plugging for them, I have never personally used them before and hold no allegiance whatsoever (a friend gave me the info) so I will not even attempt to put their name, but do some internet snooping. Their deadline is January 27th. I’m not about to pull my submission here because I feel quite loyal to HV at this point.

    • I believe you can pull your submission from the other opportunity until April, so I don’t know if there is harm in submitting to it even for the rest of us who know nothing about our status in Harper Voyager’s plans.

      • I thought the rules were to give exclusivity to HV during their decision making, since they haven’t sent out all the emails or the announcement. I most definitely do not want to pull my manuscript from here, but it may be an interest for those who already got their letters.

  14. Haven’t heard anything yet. Really hope the submission worked. At least I’ll know now as I should hear from them if they accept or reject but hear nothing at all if it didn’t work.

    Ahhhh! So anxious now. I don’t want to get my hopes up to high.

    • You should have received a confirmation email after submitting. If you didn’t, then it could be possible your submission wasn’t received. Otherwise, I don’t think you should worry :) Hopefully, they’ll get to us soon so the suspense will end!

      • I was getting a bit panicked for a moment as I couldn’t find my confirmation email but I found it in one of my other email accounts. Phew!

        • Good, I’m glad you found the email!
          That would be such a nightmare for your submission to not have been received.
          And, thank you! Good luck to you, as well.
          Mine was epic fantasy. What did you submit?

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  16. Well I have my rejection now so it’s onto pastures new. Very best of luck to those of you who are still in the hunt, even those who don’t share my ironic sense of humour x

  17. To be honest, this is getting boring now – they should be clearing this up much faster than this. I’m going to be marking about 500 English exam scripts in three weeks, surely they could work faster than me?

    • Ian,

      HV was very upfront in their submission guidelines of needing 3 months. If this schedule did not meet your expectations, then perhaps you should not have submitted.

      500 English exams in three weeks? That is only 10% of what HV got in submissions, and I suspect a majority of these submissions are a bit longer than the English Exams. So based on your timeline, you would need 30 weeks without a break.

      HV is moving as quickly as they can and to be honest, I would rather they take their time and make fair decissions on the merits of the manuscript than trying to adhere to a deadline.

      If you think HV is slow, submitting to Daw can take 6 months to a year, and they do not have to respond if they don’t buy…

      Relax, take a deep breath, breath in, breath out. Repeat as often as necessary.

      • If you think this is boring it must be your first rodeo, so to speak. LOL Writing is more of a waiting game than anything else.
        I don’t intend to be rude when I say this, but the truth is what it is. You either have to get used to waiting on publishers, agents, editors, ect; or (unless you self publish) or you get a new hobby.
        It is a miracle HV is even giving updates at all! You don’t get that from 90% of Agents.

    • Waiting is always difficult, but I find the timeline kind of amazing. Most publishers, in my experience, take between 3 and 6 months to respond to a routine query which will generally have only a short sample (first three chapters perhaps). Then, if they ask for a full manuscript, expect another 3 to 6 months. I have seen publishers who post that they take up to 9 months to respond. All of this is without a flood of open submissions. Strong work HV. Focus on your next project and enjoy the surprise when you get your resonse.

  18. I’ve been impressed with Harper Voyager from the time I heard the call for submissions in October. It’s a very innovative approach that gives writers who have poured their souls into something they love and need to share with the world. It shows so much respect for these authors, and a great love for the world of literature at large. Whatever the outcome, I, for one, am grateful for the experience.

  19. Do we know if “under review” means it is still being considered or if the manuscript has not been read yet?

    And for those keeping track, I submitted on 10/14 and have not heard anything as of yet. ::fingers crossed!::

    • I submitted on 11th Oct and haven’t heard anything either. I’m thinking that if they’re going through the entries from first to last we’d be further down the list so maybe we won’t hear for a while. *she says while trying not to hold her breath every time she checks her email*

      • That’s what I thought too, but I have heard of people who submitted the second week getting responses on other threads. Just trying to figure out the process to keep myself sane during the waiting game lol. But I guess all any of us can do is guess at this point.

        On a side note, I still think it’s FANTASTIC that Harper Voyager decided to send everyone an update regardless of the results of the submission. So considerate and professional!

        • I submitted on Oct. 6th and I haven’t gotten anything one way or the other. I actually thought that maybe I gave them the wrong email address, but I looked back in my inbox and found the sumission confirmation sent from HV so they must have it.

      • I would guess that they’ve split them up by subgenre as people who submitted at the beginning and the end of the process have heard back. Methinks certain subgenres got more entries and thus those might take longer to sift through. Paranormal romance may have received thousands while steampunk received hundreds or vice versa.

    • It is possible that the first wave of responses will be to those who sent in manuscripts that are obvious no-gos…cookbooks, romances and the like that don’t fit the “speculative fiction” nature of what they are looking for. Almost hearbreaking really, because there is probably awesome stuff in there, but, if they want “red” and someone sends “blue” it gets sifted out of the stack fairly quickly, and could be found in a first glance-through of the query letters and synopses.
      The same first glance through would also net everyone hoping even more hope…the synopsis and query would give a *lot* of information…good spelling, snappy style, rockets, robots, vampires, elves, hobgoblins and dragons…yep…put that aside to actually read later once we wade through the deluge.
      It isn’t comforting to know that the first wave of “still under considerations” means more nailbiting for everyone.
      That said, here’s hoping to read some of your books, and here’s hoping that when they are published, they are announced as one of the 4516 that were sent in :) Good luck everyone :)

  20. Are the responses coming under the same email and name as the confirmation did? I’ve been diligently checking both my inbox and junk box because that’s where my confirmation was sent and I can’t remember if I was given the opportunity to mark it as “not junk” or if it was one of those emails that wouldn’t allow it so if I received anything from the same email again it would go right to my inbox. But if it’s not being sent under that same name and email, what should we be looking for?

    ~Megan

    • Megan, I checked my e-mails, and the e-mail address is the same.

      Just to add to the statistical confusion, I submitted on both October 6th and 15th. The reply I received on January 8th indicated they were still reviewing my entry, but I’m not sure if that refers to one or both of my submissions.

      Can’t quite figure out what, if any, sorting method is being used by the editorial team. I’m also wondering how the submissions are being divided among the three houses of Harper Voyager (if they even are being divided).

      Bill

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  22. I am chuckling right now because I haven’t returned to the website since I submitted on October 14th, figuring that since I hadn’t heard anything, it was a no-go. I was okay with that. But my little Muse Angel told me to take a peeky and today I find out that HV will actually be sending out emails to everyone, one way or the other. Now, that is gracious and classy! And I am tickled! Thanks, HV! One way or the other, you’ve made my day.

    • Me too! I’m gob smacked that Hv is taking this much trouble. Makes it worth persevering even if this one doesn’t fly. How terrific to know our words are being read by someone, however it all turns out.

  23. I had the submissions form book marked as a favorite from October and I see it is active again? Any thoughts on this? Before it used to say it is closed.

  24. I submitted on the first day, within an hour of the portal opening, and no rejection as or yet, so either they are not going in order, or I am still in the running.

    • I was wondering if they were going in order or not. Maybe is split up into genre’s and each doing their own thing? I haven’t gotten anything either and boy is it driving me nuts……but then I think about it and I really don’t want an email

  25. Are they sending out rejections/updates in order by when people submitted? I ask because I submitted on the very first day, within the first hour of being open for submissions. I got a confirmation email saying the submission was received. But I haven’t received a rejection or a status update.

    To those who have replies to their submissions: what dates were your submissions made?

  26. I received an email (a rejection, sadly, but c’est la vie) – but I submitted two typescripts and I don’t know which of those the email is referring to; the title wasn’t mentioned. I replied to the email to point this out and ask, but I got a bounceback saying that the return email address was bad. I also replied to the tweet but there’s been no response and I don’t know if that message was seen.

  27. I don’t envy their task. As noted above, going through 4500 manuscripts in 90 days requires a consistent rate of 50 per day (including weekends), so even with an extension, they’re going to be rejecting an awful lot of manuscripts every day. It’s got to be hard for them to spend any real time on anything that doesn’t immediately grab their attention.

    There will inevitably be a high rejection rate. If they’re after 10 new writers, assuming there were an avg of 2 submissions per writer, then 99.5% of us are going to be disappointed, so I’m not holding my breath.

    • I remember calculating at the beginning that there was less than a 1% chance of being accepted. My odds for getting into university were better. But I agree: I really don’t envy their task at all. I admire them for all they’re doing. All I can do is wait and hope.

      • the waiting will be the tough part. And most of us are probably set up for that rejection letter while deep down hoping we are that special someone. The heart and the head are more than likely going in two separate direction. My curiosity is how they are deciding what letters go out and when. Date they received, then declined/moved to next “level” or how quick they didn’t fit what they were looking for

  28. I noticed on the Absolute Write site thread for this contest, that a few of the very early submissions have received their rejection letters this morning. More than likely HV is sending them out in batches starting with the earliest submissions that did not make it past the initial round. The letters are pretty generic, but at lease the recipients know something instead of the no news is no news syndrome…

    Good luck to everyone. I suspect the next week is going to see a lot of cyber blood letting on the Internet as writers open their emails…

        • Ahem… Rhylee… heartless, much?

          sympathy to all who’ve already had their rejection letters. Remember, it doesn’t mean you’re not good enough, just that this time you weren’t the perfect match…

          • I’m not sure they meant to be insensitive. They were curious, like most of us, if they may be going in submission order. We all hope we won’t get rejected and all have a soft spot in our heart for those who have already got the letter. I have not gotten either and I sent it in on the 8th.

        • Wow Juno, heartless is a bit extreme don’t ya think? Of course I feel for everyone, whether they have already heard and received bad news or are biting their nails still waiting. I really was just curious to find out about how far they are through the process at the 3 month mark, and I didn’t offer my sympathy at the time to the 1 poster because I didn’t want it to upset them. That may sound weird, but I just lost my Mom Dec 5th and every time someone says “I’m sorry” it upsets me all over again.

    • I’m sorry. I’ve been turned down by literally dozens of agents over the last year, so I feel for you both; but remember how subjective this all is and don’t give up. I wish you every success in the future, we’ve all got to keep banging our heads against the brick wall until it falls down xx

    • I sent two in, one on the 7th and one on the 12th or 13th. I got an email on Jan 8th saying “Thank you once again for submitting to Harper Voyager! We would like you to know that we are still reviewing your entry and will respond as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience. “

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  30. Thanks for doing this! I’ve been busy of late prepping another novel for self-publishing. Now that that’s nearly done, I decided to check in here to see if I should think about doing that with the one I submitted. Guess I’ll wait a little while longer before I go pinging my editor and cover artist again!

  31. Thank you for the update HV. I for one am prepared to wait a little longer to hear from you, and if I am in the first waves of ‘NO’s’ then at least I shall know and can move on.
    It is not a task I envy you, reading that lot and deciding on the best!
    Good luck in your mammoth task guys.
    ‘Read And Recuperate’ I know I always do. ;)

  32. Thanks very much for the update HV and well done for the decision to contact us all personally: a courtesy seldom seen these days. Not that I want you to contact me just yet you understand…

  33. I think what they are doing is very gracious, notifying those who are not currently in the running to be picked up and giving those who want to look into other options instead of waiting the opportunity to pull their manuscripts if they do not want to wait any longer. As for me, I personally do not mind waiting longer to hear from them if it means my manuscript is still being considered.

  34. I suspect that when HV originally set the three-month deadline they did not anticipate receiving over 4500 submissions. Do the math: to process that many submissions in 90 days means dealing with 50 submissions *every day*, including weekends, where each and every submission is a manuscript of at least 70,000 words. Given that, I for one am prepared to wait another three months, or six, or nine, if it means my ‘script gets consideration from a world-class publishing house.

  35. Dear HV,

    Your consideration, professionalism, and class throughout this entire process has been extraordinary. As a writer, I would consider it a true delight and privilege to be able to work with you, if not from this endeavor, then hopefully from one in the future. Regardless of your acceptance or rejection of my ms, this has been a positive experience for me, and I thank you for that.

    JLR

  36. That is WONDERFUL news. It means I know to move on or to wait just a tad longer before jumping out into the world again. :) This is a big change from their original message, so obviously they took to heart what was said on these boards.

    Thank You HV

  37. Wouldn’t it be better to send emails to everyone, rather than leaving those under consideration in a state of limbo? It would be a little more work, but then you would be able to explicitly extend the agreed period of exclusivity with the authors you might want to publish? Granted, it’s easy to understand that the scale of things demands additional time, but patience is easier granted when asked for, rather than when we assume it.

    It’s fair to expect that quite a few submitters have been making plans for what to do with their work if they didn’t hear back after the agreed three month period. That three months was too little to successfully process the submissions is immaterial – it was the boundary set and (in the process of submission) agreed upon. It seems disingenuous to apply an unlimited extension and expect tacit agreement from all submitters.

    • I think there are many of us who do not mind waiting however long it takes. Since the first wave of responses will go out in January, PLUS there will be an update in mid January, I think we can be patient. If you can not be patient, then why not just withdraw your submission and move on? However, I highly doubt you will find any more professional or accommodating publisher.

      • I’ve kept an active eye on the HV site since my submission, and have avoided commenting, but now I just can’t keep quiet any longer.

        I concur whole heartedly with Margaret. The fact that HV amended their original policy to afford the rest of us an answer at all, in lieu of this extension, is more than I could have hoped for. That, along with the mid-January update, I feel is more than enough to compensate for Lisa’s perceived inconveience of a ‘longer’ wait time.

        I am shocked and surprised that so many are behaving childishly with their inability to simply be patient (re: comments posted from as far back as November to present). HV opened their door to unagented authors with unsolicited manuscripts for the first time in a decade! Please, no more complaining lest you spoil it for the rest of us and HV decide it’s not worth the agro to do it again in future.

        For those who are impatient and believe an extended delay is too inconvenient to their ‘plans’, pull out of the running and get on with it instead of complaining openly here.

        To the hardworking staff at HV – from those of us who are sincerely grateful, I thank you for your time, effort and consideration.

        …and apologize for any papercuts. ;)

        • Agreed!! Im actually appalled that people are still finding ways to complain. Im very excited to not get a response in January lol Best of luck to us all!!

    • HV – thanks for the clarification!

      To responders – it’s not so much about patience as it is about the terms. While it is a fantastic opportunity, I don’t see that as a reason to be any less professional in having – and raising! – concerns about what *was* agreed and what is *potentially* being agreed.

      Or, in the parlance of what young folks might call, “the street”: you don’t ask, you don’t get.

  38. Thank you so much! I’m sure that this has got to be very time-intensive, especially considering the holidays, and it’s more than many of us who’ve been around the block a while have come to expect, even if we do understand how hard it can be for publishers to respond. And thanks again for the opportunity!

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  40. So excited by this news. Thank you so much for the extra work and courtesy that this means! Here is hoping 2013 is a prosperous one for all of us!

    Happy New Year!

    Maria & Heather

  41. Thank you Harper Voyager!!! You guys are the best!!! First, thank you for this wonderful opportunity. Second, thank you for reopening the submission portal on that last day of submissions. Lastly, thank you much for taking the time to respond to all submitters, regardless of the outcome, so that we’ll at least know for sure what’s happening with our manuscripts!!!

    • This helps so much to squelch the guessing game and give a timeline to work with. Thank you Harper Voyager for all you have done for us and I hope others will take your example and run with it!!!

  42. Well done, Voyager, that’s very fair of you. While I think most writers understand the current market saturation, that we can relax (a little!) knowing we will get a response, is not a bad Christmas present.
    Merry Christmas!

  43. Wow this is amazing news! Thank you SO much for taking the time to respond to all of us! Im sure we all appreciate it and look forward to hearing from you!!

  44. I am joining Margaret Cutter in expressing my appreciation for this announcement. Good show. Good show indeed. I hate being left hanging almost as much as I hate finding a tea bag in the bottom of my tea. It’s so strong. Yuk.

  45. Realizing the monumental task you have undertaken, I am sure all writers who submitted their manuscripts will join me in expressing appreciation for this announcement.

    • Agreed! While responding to over 4500 people can be no easy task, it shows that you see it as 4500 anxious writers rather than simply that many emails. Hats off to you all.

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