HarperCollins Australia has unveiled an exciting opportunity for unearthed writers with a new direct-to-digital publishing list. Harper Impulse ebooks are fun, fast-paced reads in all commercial genres from epic fantasy to erotica. The first tranche of titles will be released internationally on June 1.
The foundation authors include an ex police dog-handler, a mother of twin baby boys, a corporate trainer, a Lonely Planet writer and a university academic. Impulse Editor Kate Steinweg says, ‘it’s exciting to have a digital channel through which to introduce new talent we believe in. We’re looking for writers who know how to tell a grippingly good story and have already found many wonderful authors through our newly launched manuscript portal, The Wednesday Post.’
HarperCollins Publishing Director Shona Martyn says ‘with the closure of many bricks-and-mortar bookstores, sadly it has become harder for publishers to launch new authors into print because of simple economies of scale. Fortunately the ability to publish direct-to-digital means we can give even more authors opportunities to find their market. While some may eventually become print book authors too, the sales we are now seeing for ebooks in commercial and genre fiction mean that we can connect authors with readers fast and effectively. We can also respond to reader demand and new publishing trends faster than we can in conventional publishing timelines.’
Impulse ebooks will be released on the first of each month through all major e-retailers worldwide.
Watch for them on the ebook bestseller lists!