Last night was our first #FiercePitch event and it was awesome! Penelope Jackson (editor extraordinaire) and Colleen McKie (Fierce Ink Press publisher) got to listen to eight Canadian young adult authors as they talked up their books. Folks, there are some amazing young adult novels being written in Canada, which makes us all giggly and happy.

The pitches were all as diverse as the books being presented and everyone did a wonderful job. It was really, really hard for us to decide who did the best pitch. In fact, it was so hard that we ended up with a tie! So we’re asking for two of the #FiercePitch authors to send us their full manuscript, skipping the initial submission process.

The first author who tied for best pitch is Kate Blair for her dystopian, Sick. We loved the premise of criminals receiving an illness that is transferred from an innocent person as part of their sentence. Kate knows her book inside out, and hit all the high points during her pitch.

The second full manuscript that we’re requesting for consideration is Venturing North by Noah Hollis. Featuring human-created angels that end up turning on their makers, this novel has a super cool premise and Noah did an excellent job of pitching it.

Colleen will be in contact with both authors and to everyone else who pitched, thank you so, so much! And keep writing.


Fierce Ink Press is currently open to submissions and details can be found on our website. While our guidelines are thorough and outline quite clearly what we’re looking for, we thought it might be helpful for all Canadian young adult authors out there to know the specific type of manuscripts we’re currently jonesing for.

If you think that you have something we’ve love to check out, you can sign up for our #FiercePitch event taking place on Google+ Hangout August 21, 6 to 8 p.m. AST


Tear-jerker — I’m looking for a book that will make me cry my head off. I’m talking sobbing, gasping, boogers-coming-out-of-my-nose kind of crying. I want to feel a knife in my heart and the need to take a three-hour nap once I finish reading it. (I’m looking at you Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr and Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler.)

Quirky characters — On the flip side, I’d love to find a book that has quirky, weird, laugh-out-loud funny characters. Think Alice in Susan Juby’s books. Or Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Greene. And I’m not necessarily looking for a likeable character as much as one who’s relatable.

The goosebump factor — I’d love to find a good old-fashioned scary novel. I grew up on horror novels, quickly moving from R.L. Stine to Stephen King and John Saul and it’d be cool to be able to introduce the world to a new creepy, scary read. I’ve read a few in the past couple of years that I loved like The Devouring by Simon Holt and The Fury Trilogy by Elizabeth Miles.


High fantasy (with a twist) — I was a voracious fantasy reader as a young adult and went through every Lloyd Alexander, David Eddings, Dragonlance series book you can name. Now that The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones have been accepted into the mainstream, I’m looking for high fantasy that isn’t set in an alternate age of knights and dragons. Build me a world, populate it with new creatures, make it your own.

Genre mashups — No, I’m not talking about inserting a paranormal creature into a classic à la Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. I’d love to read something that takes risks without being confined to a specific genre whether it’s alternate history, speculative fiction, romantic suspense, or fill-in-the-blank. Think along the lines of the popular Assassin’s Creed video game (and book tie-ins) or the Sherlock and Holmes series by Colleen Gleason.

Modern classic — As a young adult I also read quite a lot of the classics. Austen, Brontë sisters, Dickens and Victor Hugo were all faves. What I’d love to see is a historical fiction that’s in line with those stories much like The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein series by Kenneth Oppel.

So there you have it! A breakdown of what kinds of books we’re dying to get our hands on. Maybe you’ve already written the perfect book for Fierce Ink Press. If so we’d love for you to submit to us! If you’re still thinking of writing that kick-ass young adult novel, what are you waiting for? Take paper to pen, or fingers to keyboard, and write!


If you haven’t read the awesomeness that is The Magdeburg Trilogy yet, we’re giving you the chance to read the first book for free on Wattpad! Starting today chapter-by-chapter installments of The Night Has Teeth will be available twice a week (on Tuesdays and Thursdays). You’ll delve into the world of seventeen-year-old Connor Lewis, where born and bitten werewolves exist and pretty much hate each other.

If you’re a fan of urban fantasy, sci-fi, or both, you’ll love The Night Has Teeth. Kruger bases her lore in real science, making The Magdeburg Trilogy an awesome mash-up of the two genres.

Once you start reading, you’ll totes be jonesing for the next installment, trust us. The Night Has Teeth is definitely of addictive!


Jewel of the Thames author Angela Misri is taking time out of her Princeton book tour to appear as one of the panelists at GRIDLock DC, a fan-based Holmesian convention held in Alexandria, Virginia. Taking place August 16, this day-long event focuses on all things Sherlock, including a Q&A with Misri at 3 p.m. Fans will get the chance to ask Misri anything they want to know about Jewel of the Thames, writing a mystery novel and, of course, paying homage to Sherlock Holmes.

Jewel of the Thames, book one in the Portia Adams Adventure Series, focuses on the granddaughter of Dr. Watson and was published March 2014 by Fierce Ink Press. The second book in the series, Thrice Burned, will be available in Canada March, 2015.

“This time between books one and two is especially sweet because it’s the time I get to meet the fans!” says Misri. “At launches, talks, Q&A sessions and this August at the Sherlock Convention: GRIDLock DC.”

Misri will also spend a few days in Princeton, New Jersey promoting Jewel of the Thames.

Tour Schedule
Princeton, New Jersey
August 13: Reading and signing, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, Princeton
August 13: Reading and Signing, 6 to 7 p.m. at Chocolate Lovers Princeton
August 15: Reading and Signing, 6 to 7:30 at Infini-T Café

Alexandria, Virginia
August 16: Q&A, 3 to 4 p.m. at GRIDLock DC convention
August 16: Signing in vendor’s area, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at GRIDLock DC convention

JeweloftheThames finalcover 200x300 Jewel of the Thames Author Angela Misri Appearing at GRIDLock DC During Princeton Book Tour








What is it about?
Recently orphaned Portia Adams inherits 221 Baker Street, the former offices of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

Who will read it?
Anyone who loves young adult mystery, historical fiction, Sherlock Holmes or Downton Abbey.

When did it release?
March 25, 2014


About the Author
Angela Misri is a Toronto journalist, writer and mom who has spent most of her working life making CBC Radio extraterrestrial through podcasts, live streams and websites. These days she’s focusing on her writing but taking on freelance and digital projects along the side.


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On the heels of the success of Jewel of the Thames, the first book in Angela Misri’s Portia Adams Adventure series, Fierce Ink Press has obtained the Canadian English rights to the next two books in the series. Thrice Burned will be published March 2015, with No Matter How Improbable coming out March 2016. The deal was brokered by Beverley Slopen of Beverley Slopen Literary Agency.

“I feel so lucky to have Fierce Ink Press by my side for the next two Portia books,” says Misri. “I cannot imagine exploring London without Colleen and Kimberly, and am so excited to follow Portia Adams as she grows into the incredible detective I have always believed she would become.”

Thrice Burned and No Matter How Improbable will see Portia tackle more challenging cases while continuing to deal with the repercussions of her complicated lineage.

“We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve picked up the next two books in the Portia Adams Adventure,” says Kimberly Walsh, publishing label executive with Fierce Ink Press. “With the success of the first book in the series, we’re confident that readers will continue to enjoy the next six cases of the new consulting detective at 221 Baker Street. Angela has created a strong, female protagonist who will give the wiliest of criminals a run for their money for a long time to come. Fierce Ink Press is happy to be publishing such a fine series.”

Misri will be at The Word on the Street Toronto as a featured author.

About the Author
Angela Misri is a Toronto journalist, writer and mom who has spent most of her working life making CBC Radio extraterrestrial through podcasts, live streams and websites. These days she’s focusing on her writing but taking on freelance and digital projects along the side.

Social Media Links

About Fierce Ink Press
Fierce Ink Press Co-op Ltd. is a publishing label dedicated to producing high quality books of fiction and short non-fiction pieces by Canadian authors who write for young adults.




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