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.
Another update on the digital submissions! As per the previous update post, we received 4500+ entries, and by early March we had responded to 2905 entries.
We have now reviewed all the submissions in our inbox and responded to 3595 submissions that were not right for our list. The remaining 948 are marked for further reading and consideration.
We are continuing to review the remaining entries as quickly as we can, and will update you again in a few weeks. 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.
As promised, an update on our digital submission status. (Please note, numbers are close but not perfectly exact, between repeated entries, etc. Please don’t freak out or obsess over the arithmetic…)
We received slightly over 4500 entries.
We have now responded to approximately 2220 entries that unfortunately were not for our list. This leaves us with roughly entries. Of those, about 543 are to be considered further, and just under 1800 still need to be read. So we are almost halfway through.
We will continue to read the remaining 2300+ entries as quickly as we can without sacrificing due consideration, and will update you again in a few weeks. 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. We will try to update the above numbers every couple of weeks as well, so you have more frequent status updates.
In addition, we are thrilled to announce that Diana Gill has made our first (of hopefully many!) acquisition–a three book deal for world rights to THORN JACK, BRIAR QUEEN and NETTLE KING by Katherine Harbour (via Thao Le at Sandy Dijkstra Agency), which Harper Voyager US will publish in hardcover in May 2014. We fell absolutely in love with this wonderful story and could not put it down (even when we were supposed to put aside to read later), and are beyond excited about our first acquisition from these digital submissions. We look forward to making more acquisitions for digital originals (and possibly print) as well.
ETA: We have received a number of questions about our recent acquisition of Katherine Harbour’s THORN JACK trilogy. To confirm, Katherine submitted THORN JACK to the Harper Voyager submissions herself. She was unagented during the submission. Thao Le at the Sandy Dijkstra Agency had previously worked with Katherine on revisions and has now negotiated the global Harper Voyager deal. She is representing Katherine for all unsold rights and future projects. The Voyager digital submissions are for unagented submissions (we receive many agented submissions that are handled completely independently from these submissions), but potential authors may certainly seek representation if they are offered publication.
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.