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!
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.”
Hello, I’m Nick Cole and I write books about the end of the world. Or at least, the end of the world as we know it. Worlds end all the time. Elementary school leads, eventually, to college, and each time we advance in our world, the one we’ve lived in for a few years and think we know so well, it ends. Chaos. Change. And then, like Columbus, we arrive in a new world and meet new people. The new world becomes our world. We readers know this. Worlds end and begin all the time, each time we pick up a book. Continue reading
A very special event is coming up at the end of October, for this year’s World Fantasy Convention is being held in Brighton where over 2000 fans of fantasy, science fiction and horror will gather from all over the world for a wild weekend of panel discussions, book signings, parties and Hallowe’en bar-crawling.
This year’s guests of honour include Alan Lee, illustrator of The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit and lead conceptual artist for Peter Jackson’s film trilogies of the two books; and veteran sf writer Brian Aldiss, alongside Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat, Susan Cooper, the creator of The Dark is Rising; Tanith Lee, Tessa Farmer and Joe Hill. There will be a special appearance by Sir Terry Pratchett on Friday 1st November.
Also guesting is our own Robin Hobb, on a rare visit from the US, and we are very excited to see her and really looking forward to her tour and learning more about the new novel she has just delivered. Joe Abercrombie, whose brilliant Half a King we launch next June, is also coming along, so we’ll be looking forward to buying him a beer or two.
Other writers attending the convention include Tad Williams, Stephen Baxter, Pat Cadigan, Trudi Canavan, Juliet Marillier, Graham Joyce, Michael Marshall Smith, Garth Nix, James Oswald, Sarah Pinborough and Patrick Rothfuss.
Voyager are having a party, I’ll be interviewing Guest of Honour Alan Lee on stage and we’ll all be appearing on or heckling at panel discussions. Let the good times roll!
Jane Johnson, Publishing Director, HarperVoyager UK
The first book in Lauren DeStefano’s new series, The Internment Chronicles, is published today in the UK and is already getting some fantastic reviews! Scroll down to read what it’s all about…
Morgan Stockhour knows getting too close to the edge of Internment, the floating city in the clouds where she lives, can lead to madness. Even though her older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. If she ever wonders about the ground, and why it is forbidden, she takes solace in her best friend, Pen, and in Basil, the boy she’s engaged to marry.
Then a murder, the first in a generation, rocks the city. With whispers swirling and fear on the wind, Morgan can no longer stop herself from investigating, especially once she meets Judas. Betrothed to the victim, he is the boy being blamed for the murder, but Morgan is convinced of his innocence. Secrets lay at the heart of Internment, but nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will find – or whom she will lose.
Click on the link below to start reading Robin Hobb’s fantastic new novella, The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince, featuring illustrations by Jackie Morris.
Jackie Morris has been illustrating Robin Hobb’s covers for many years. With Robin’s next book, The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince, due out next month, with another beautiful Jackie Morris illustration on the front, we thought you might enjoy to hear a bit more about the woman behind the art…
How did you come to read Robin Hobb’s work in the first place?
Someone recommended the Liveships series to me, because of the dragons I think. I started reading them and was gripped straight away. It was like finding an old friend I hadn’t seen for ages. I lost myself in the stories in a way I hadn’t since I was a child.
What was it that you loved about it so?
I love her characters and the way that they change and develop as things happen to them. I love that although they are only made from letters of the alphabet on paper they seem to live and breath. They aren’t perfect. They have flaws. But they grow and learn. I also love the characters of the animals and the dragons.
And how did you come to be commissioned to create the covers for her books?
I was reading the second of the Liveships books while busy working when I had an email from Jane Johnson. It seemed that Jo Fletcher, then of Orion, had sent Jane a Christmas card of mine that I had designed for the Musicians Benevolent Fun, now known as Help Musicians. She wondered if there were prints of the image and bought one. She then said that she had a series of books that she was looking to re-jacket and wondered if i would be interested. I was busy. I said I would, in theory, but only if they were by Robin Hobb. It was like a strange kind of Rainwilds magic was working because they were indeed, so I then had to read all of the books, in order. Imagine!
Do you have a favourite character or set of characters?
I always think the answer to this would be easy. Obviously it’s Fitz and the Fool. But then I begin to think again and I love all the characters in the Liveships too, and Nighteyes. Even Chade. Molly is wonderful. And Heeby and Sintara. I think my favorite literary landscape is The Rainwilds. They intrigue me with their memory stones, and the wizard wood and the dragons and elderlings. I love to travel there.
Like Robin, you have a strong emotional and spiritual connection with animals. We’ve heard that she raised a wolf cub when she was a youngster in Alaska. Do you have similar stories to tell?
I wish I had raised a wolf cub. The best moments of my life have been when out walking meeting the wild, the creatures that care nothing for our stupid games of politics. Coming face to face with wild foxes, weasels, seals, badgers, watching birds fly. I live with cats and dogs and the cats are wonderful companions for writing with. They also walk with me to the hill tops where I write and also, when i am searching for cover ideas, where i read.
Can you describe how you go about capturing the perfect cover image for one of her novels? How do you decide what to illustrate? And do you share your ideas and/or roughs with Robin Hobb herself?
All jobs are different. With Robin’s books Jane Johnson had sent me A Song of Ice and Fire. She wanted a similar ‘clean’ look. One image on a wash background. I had been working with gold leaf and suggested this instead and so a ‘look’ grew. With each book it was finding then the ‘emblem’ that would grace the cover. I suppose it wasn’t necessary to read the whole book, but I always have when designing a jacket. I think that it is important to do so.
And at first I didn’t ‘bother’ Robin with my doodlings, but now I include her in conversations about the covers. I have got to know her over the years and welcome her thoughts. And how I love it when a new book is ready and searching for something to wrap around it to make it stand out on a shelf in a crowded bookshop.
You’ve just illustrated her novella, The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince. Did you enjoy having the chance to illustrate an entire story, to have the freedom to choose to create a visual flow to enhance the narrative?
I love books. Given the chance to paint for an entire book is such a gift. If I could I would have done more. I do hesitate to illustrate characters. I think that everyone who reads a book like Royal Assassin has their own idea of what Fitz looks like, but would love to describe the landscape of the Duchies in paint. And The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince is a great story to illustrate. I also love working in black and white.
Tell us about creating the spectacular endpapers: how did you come up with the idea and how long did they take you?
I was asked to do folios for the book, and in doodling for these I came up with patterns that I thought would suit the endpapers. I could have painted a few diamonds and then worked in photoshop to make them into a pattern but I love pushing paint around. I was working large on this piece, but in the end I only did the one side. It was then flipped by the wonderful art dept and reduced. I do love a book with endpapers.
I do. I live in quite a remote place, well, not really remote but a long way from publishers and publishers’ parties and the likes. As a writer and illustrator I worked most of my life in isolation. Facebook and Twitter allow me direct contact with many other authors and illustrators as well as bookshops and most importantly readers.
You do sometimes have to be careful of what you look at. I still sting a little from someone who said on some forum somewhere that the covers I design for Robin’s books look like poorly executed school projects. But I do think it isn’t bad to get criticism as well as praise. I find so many beautiful things online that people show me, meet some amazing people. It has changed some of the way that I work. The only problem is that sometimes as I wander through its labyrinths I forget where I am and time passes. Time when I should be writing, or painting.
Tell us about your own work. What are your influences and your most recent book?
I have 5 books out this year, including The Wilful Princess.
The first, East of the Sun, West of the Moon is a retelling of a traditional tale. As with all storytelling it took on a life of its own, and has an unexpected ending that perhaps is really a new beginning. It’s small. You can read it almost like watching a film. And it has pictures.
Then there is Little Evie in the Wild Wood that was written by me and illustrated by Catherine Hyde. It was a wonderful experience for me to have my words taken and flesh put onto the bones of them.
The next book is a re issue of Starlight Sailor, written by James Mayhew and illustrated by me and i have been having wonderful fun playing with paperboats for this book. You can read more about this on my blog, and join in the fun.
Last but not least is Song of the Golden Hare which came into my head early last year and pushed its way into the schedule of work. It’s about hares, song, finding your voice, courage. It is filled with hares and birds and dogs and a journey and seals. It is very much set in the landscape of Wales, though sadly few hares are found here.
And now I am working on a book of bears and I am hoping that soon I will have another manuscript from Robin, and that HarperCollins will always allow me to decorate her beautiful books with intricate endpapers.
Jackie Morris lives in a small house on the Welsh coast. She wanted to be an artist from the earliest she could remember. After studying art at Hereford and Bath Academy she went on to illustrate for magazines and newspapers. She began her first book for children the week after her first child, Thomas was born and has gone on to illustrate and write many books.
You can find out more about Jackie and her books on her website at jackiemorris.co.uk.
The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince is available for pre-order now.
Published in the UK this Christmas, The Wit & Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister showcases the best and most humorous quotes from George R.R. Martin’s favourite character Tyrion Lannister, the worldly, jaded, funny, highly intelligent, cynical, womanizing star of the books. A perfect stocking-filler for every fan of the books, and of HBO’s award-winning television series. Get a sneak peek inside the book, with these sample spreads below.
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 550 submissions.
As before, if you have a question as to your status or would like to pull your submission, please email us at voyagersubmissions(at)harpercollins.com.