HarperCollins’s HarperOne division has launched a new digital-first imprint, HarperLegend. The new line, said HarperOne, “seeks to discover and publish new authors of visionary and transformational fiction in the digital-first format.”
As part of its program, HarperLegend will accept un-agented manuscripts. “We take a lot of manuscripts from agents currently. That won’t change,” HarperOne publisher Mark Tauber told PW. “We want to open ourselves to a wider group of potential authors in the [fiction] space, including un-agented.” Authors can submit manuscripts online via HarperLegend.com starting today.
According to HarperOne, online submissions will be reviewed by HarperLegend’s editorial team. If accepted, authors will receive royalties for the e-book publication of their novels, access to HarperCollins’s individualized editorial direction, and custom marketing and publicity guidance. Titles that do well in digital will be released in print.
HarperOne expects to release HarperLegend’s first title in the first part of 2016. The number of titles to be published annually under the imprint has not yet been determined.