It is with much sadness that we have to tell you our wonderful Voyager Associate Publisher Stephanie Smith is resigning. During her 20 years working at HarperCollins, Steph has been instrumental in growing the Voyager imprint into the leading Australian speculative fiction list, publishing such bestselling authors as Sara Douglass, Fiona McIntosh, Kylie Chan, Traci Harding and Jennifer Fallon. She has also played a vital role in establishing the Global Voyager list, and has been closely involved in the success of key brand authors such as George RR Martin, Raymond E Feist and Peter V Brett.
Her brilliant editorial skills, respect and support for her authors and understanding of the speculative fiction genre have stood Steph apart from her publishing peers around the world. She has worked outside her brief many times, including nurturing developing writers via the Varuna Program.
Steph’s “tree change” will take her to Tasmania where she will be closer to her family. She has been a dream to work with and we will miss her very much.
We are thrilled, therefore, that Deonie Fiford will be taking over when Steph leaves us at the end of the week. Deonie has over 15 years publishing experience, having worked both in-house and freelance as an editor for Hachette (where she helped to establish the Orbit list), Simon and Schuster and HarperCollins. She is very well respected in the speculative fiction community and has been on the judging panel of the Aurealis Awards.
Upon hearing of Deonie’s appointment, Steph had this to say: “Great choice! Deonie loves sff and has good connections in the genre community already. She has the talent and people skills to take Voyager’s premier position into the future.”
Farewell Stephanie! You are truly the Voyager Queen and we wouldn’t be where we are without you.