JollyFish Press: Now Accepting Book Manuscript Queries

Written by Emily Harstone

Updated December 2019

In February 2018 we added a strong note of caution with this review, because Authors had been reporting unfair practices on Twitter here (you can learn more here).

Since then we have heard no reports of unethical or bad behavior. Now that a significant period of time has passed, we think it’s still worth knowing about the incident, but the issue seems to be resolved.

JollyFish Press was started in 2012. They are based out of Provo, Utah. Jollyfish has a major distributor and a large staff for a relatively new press. Their authors have won numerous awards. They initially published a wide range of genres for adults, children, and young adults.

However in the past year or so they have started to focus only on middle-grade and young adult books. They especially want books showcasing strong voices, unique stories, and diverse characters. The reason they stopped publishing adult books appears to be that North Star Editions bought them out around a year ago.

Their covers are well designed and appealing. It is easy to get a better idea of what they publish by browsing their titles. Their website is well organized and easy to navigate. It is oriented more towards selling books than recruiting authors.

You can learn more about the press and their staff, on the about us page. The information included in the acquisitions editors bios are particularly helpful to help you know more about what they are interested in specifically.

To query them about a manuscript please send one a one page query letter, a one page synopsis that includes spoilers, and the first three chapters. Your manuscript must already be complete.

To learn more or to submit, visit their website here.


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