HarperColllins expands digital-first publishing, launching 31 Harper Voyager Impulse e-book original titles to be followed by short-run paperback editions; publisher says expanded sci-fi, fantacy genres appeal to dedicated digital reader demographic
June 12, 2014
– U.S. Arm of Global Science Fiction / Fantasy Publisher Launches Extensive eBook Offerings, Growing HarperCollins' Dynamic "Impulse" Program
Harper Voyager, one of America's leading science fiction and fantasy imprints and a global leader in genre publishing, is expanding its footprint in the digital-first publishing space with the launch 31 Harper Voyager Impulse eBook original titles. The books will be published starting this summer, continuing through Winter 2015, and beyond. The novels and novellas will comprise a wide range of SFF genres and subgenres from urban fantasy and military science fiction to fairy tale remixes and horror; and from superhero fiction to epic fantasy. These digital-first publications will be followed by short-run paperback editions, making them available everywhere eBooks are sold, as well as at bricks-and-mortar booksellers.
"It's incredibly exciting to expand our digital-first imprint," says Jennifer Brehl, Senior Vice President, Executive Editor, and Director of Editorial Development of William Morrow and Voyager. "Voyager Impulse gives us the opportunity to expand our frontlist in new directions and offer a more diverse selection of imaginative fiction to readers. I for one am energized by the vast potential opened up by digital publishing. Onward, Voyager!"
"Impulse is a chance for Voyager to establish an even more dedicated digital readership with works that should particularly appeal to that fan-base: fast-paced, action-packed, and—above all—great storytelling," attests David Pomerico, Executive Editor of Harper Voyager. "The authors that we are launching will fit in perfectly with the vision for Voyager, while bringing unique voices to the genre. In return, they'll have the same level of support from the marketing, publicity, and sales team as all of our titles as we look to build their audience through dedicated digital targeting as well as physical distribution."
The vast majority of titles for the digital publishing push were acquired from an open "call" for submissions hosted globally by Harper Voyager in 2012. The editors received more than 4,500 submissions.
Harper Voyager's first U.S. acquisition from this digital call was THORN JACK by Katherine Harbour, a Florida bookseller. The U.S. editorial director was so enthralled by this modern retelling of "Tam Lin" that it is being published in hardcover, on-sale in July 2014.
The first of Harper Voyager's digital-first publications is THE STOLEN by Bishop O'Connell (o/s 7/22/14), a compelling urban fantasy with a strong female protagonist. It will be quickly followed by GLORY MAIN by Henry V. O'Neil (o/s 7/29/14), military science fiction set in space; and THE GOD HUNTER by Tim Lees (o/s 8/5/14), a humor-laced paranormal thriller.
Other forthcoming Harper Voyager eBook originals include:
More titles will be released digitally every month. Pomerico is excited by the opportunities that lie ahead for the imprint: "One of the exciting opportunities for authors who publish through Impulse is our ability to provide the same suite of services any Voyager title would receive, and a speedy production process, meaning readers will be able to have the books on their devices not long after we announce them."
For more information about the publisher, please visit: www.harpervoyagerbooks.com.