HC signs global deal for Neal Stephenson

HC signs global deal for Neal Stephenson

HarperCollins has signed a global deal for two books by science/historical fiction writer Neal Stephenson.

In the UK, Australia and New Zealand, the books will be published by HarperCollins imprint Borough Press. In the US and Canada, the novels will be published by William Morrow.

Stephenson has published a number of books with William Morrow in the US, but in the UK he has been published by Arrow for the three-volume history The Baroque Cycle, and Crypotonomicon, but with Atlantic Books for Reamde and Anathem, and Penguin for The Diamond Age and Snow Crash.

The latest deal now brings Stephenson’s new work under one global publisher in HarperCollins. 

Stephenson’s agent, Liz Darhansoff of Darhansoff & Verrill, negotiated the contract with Stephenson’s longtime editor, Jennifer Brehl at William Morrow in the US and Katie Espiner at Borough Press in the UK.

The first book, Seveneves, will be published in May 2015, and tells a story of global disaster, the near-extinction of all life on earth, and seven valiant survivors who “battle against all odds to save the human race.” 

The second book, slated for publication in 2017, will be written in conjunction with author Nicole Galland. Stephenson and Galland have collaborated previously on the serialized adventure fiction narrative, The Mongoliad.

Stephenson said: “I’ve published a number of novels with Morrow in the US and Canada, and am looking forward to extending the publishing relationship to the UK, Australia, and New Zealand with these two new books.” 

Liate Stehlik, publisher at William Morrow, said: “We are thrilled to continue our long standing partnership with Neal and now expand that to include our sister company HarperUK and Borough Press. We look forward to being able to work collaboratively to grow Neal’s English speaking audience around the world.”

Katie Espiner, publisher at The Borough Press added: “It is such a privilege to be publishing Neal Stephenson alongside our colleagues at William Morrow. Neal is a true original — a singular talent whose work has captivated millions of readers. Seveneves is the ingenious work of a master writer at the top of his game and we're thrilled to be publishing it at The Borough Press.”

Stephenson has sold 295,568 copies of his books (including co-written works) through Nielsen BookScan in the UK since 1998. In that time his books have been worth nearly £2.6m.

His bestseller on record is Quicksilver: The Baroque Cylce (Arrow) published in 2003, which has sold 60,736 copies across print editions in the UK. His most recent novel is Reamde, which has sold 12,159 copies across print editions.