Navigating the publishing world has never come with so many options: traditional publishing houses, self-publishing, small press. Choosing can be difficult. Why not opt for something different*? With Fierce Ink Press you’ll get a professional team specializing in editing and marketing (along with wicked organization skills) and a group of like-minded people ready to jump in and help when needed. We’ll also help you with social media training and support.

Right now we’re looking for authors who currently live in Canada. This isn’t to say we won’t be expanding in the future, but for now we’re all about the Canadian authors.

Genres: Young Adult (13+)

We’re fans of pretty much all YA genres (contemporary, speculative fiction, fantasy, romance, paranormal…). Basically, if it’s about teens, then we’re interested. We’re looking for books with broad national and international appeal, something that readers can dig into. Don’t get us wrong, it doesn’t mean we’re not looking for stories about the East Coast. We love living here and value the storytelling tradition of the Atlantic provinces. But if you’re looking to capitalize on the gift/tourist market you may want to look at some of the other East Coast publishers in the area who specialize in that.

If you’re writing in a genre that’s trending now that’s cool, but you’ve got to bring something new to the table. It’s said quite often that all the good stories have been told. It’s how you tell it that really makes yours stand out. And don’t be afraid of challenging conventions because we’re not looking for formulaic fiction. We want new, fun, weird, unique, kick-ass fiction. We’ll embrace diverse faces on our covers and varied voices within each book. Nothing cookie-cutter about us.

And we’re interested in young adult stories about older teens (fifteen and up). If your book is about about a younger teen, you should look for a publisher who publishes middle grade novels and ‘tween books.

Start by sending us a query letter with a one page synopsis and the first three chapters in the body of your email. (We will not open attachments.)  Bonus points if you include a pitch via YouTube in under 2 minutes.

Your query/pitch should include:

  • genre
  • approximate word count of your completed novel (50,000-80,000)
  • title
  • elevator pitch: in under five sentences (email) or thirty seconds (YouTube) tell us what your book is about
  • tell us about you (previous publishing experience, what makes you stand out)
  • detailed synopsis (check out this handy how-to by the lovely Hélène Boudreau and these fun samples from Writers Digest)
  • social media links*

Send all submissions to

PLEASE NOTE: while we do accept simultaneous submissions we would ask that you mention this in your query/pitch. We also aren’t accepting submissions that have been published previously.

*A word about social media and why we require it.

In this ever-changing digital landscape you need to be a savvy self-promoter. Not the kind who shouts “BUY MY BOOKS!” from the rooftops but the kind who understands the value of building relationships with your readers. While we’re willing and able to help you on this front, we need to know that you’re a committed learner and there’s no time like the present to get started. So sign up for Twitter, take a boo at Tumblr, or register a Facebook account. Learn the basics and we’ll help you from there.

What do you get out of this besides a beautiful book distributed through major and indie retailers? A bigger cut of the pie. That’s right, we know we wouldn’t be able to publish books without authors and we’re offering you more than the 10% net royalties that most traditional publishers negotiate. We’re able to do this because we don’t have a lot of overhead and because our focus is on Print On Demand and eBooks. Traditional print books are just plain expensive to make and distribute, so while we have to follow the standard royalty model there, that doesn’t mean we can’t offer you more elsewhere.

Turnaround time

It’s currently taking us 2-3 months to respond to submissions. If you haven’t heard back from us within that timeframe, feel free to send us a friendly email reminder.

Words of advice
Getting published is a long process so don’t rush it. If you’ve finished the first draft of your novel, that’s wonderful! Go out and celebrate. Eat a cupcake. When you’re done, realize that there’s still a long road ahead of you. Draft one is not the draft to send out to a publisher. You need feedback, so find a writing group or critique partner(s) that you trust. But be aware that not all readers are created equal and individual reading interests are varied as are opinions. You need to make judgement calls on what you’re going to take away from the process. Don’t take any comments personally but think objectively about them.

Fierce shorts
If you’ve got a short creative non-fiction piece you’d like to tell, check out our digital imprint where we give back to local youth-related charities.

* Unlike other co-operatives, we do not ask our authors to cover ANY production costs. We are registered as a business co-operative for the purpose of working together with a collective of authors for mutual benefit.

{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

David T Procter August 4, 2012 at 11:04 am

Hi I know you are a Canadian publisher looking for Canadian authors but your name came up via Carleton Place Forum where i have been a contributor for some years.

I have written and self published my novel Dead Men Lie and while sales in England are good in Canada via the forum the book is just beginning to sell. I was wondering if you would look at it and perhaps take a chance on an English author.

Many thanks
David T procter


FierceInkPress August 5, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Hi David. Thank you so much for your interest in Fierce Ink Press. While we may branch out to other regions in the future, we are currently only publishing works by authors in the four Atlantic provinces.


Heddy Johannesen September 21, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Hello Fierce Ink Press:

I would like to know if your company focuses solely on YA stories or adult fiction too. I think my story could appeal to both, but I am asking to make sure.

Heddy Johannesen


FierceInkPress September 22, 2012 at 10:44 am

Hiya Heddy! We only publish YA stories. (And it was great to chat with you about writing and such at the book launch.)


Amy September 22, 2012 at 7:27 pm

I was wondering if you only publish novels between 50000 and 80000 words long. I have a novel that is about 130000 words.



FierceInkPress September 26, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Hi Amy,
Thanks for your interest in Fierce Ink Press. Yes, you can send your submission our way. You can find our guidelines on our submissions page.


Lucas November 19, 2012 at 9:36 am

If we have multiple books, sholud we do them in separate comment/posts? Do you want book covers, as well, or only descriptions. I didn’t know if it’s possible to post pics of the covers here or not.


FierceInkPress November 19, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Lucas, please send all submissions to following the instructions above.


Aedon Young November 15, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Dear Fierce Ink Press,
I co-published my first YA novel out of the States. I plan for a trilogy and have the other two books planned. Could you please have a brief look at “Mara Roams”? I would be quite happy to publish locally this time instead of having to deal with US.
kind regards,
Aedon Young.


FierceInkPress November 15, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Thanks for getting in touch with us, Aedon. We’re happy to take a look at submissions if you follow the guidelines above. Please do note that we’re currently only accepting submissions from East Coast Canadian authors.


Judith Benson March 25, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Hello, My historical fiction YA manuscript, Emma’s War, is set in New Brunswick and the Eastern States, but I live in BC. When published, I am prepared to finance promotion of my book in Atlantic Canada; Flint, Michigan; Shuswap, BC; and Saskatoon, SK. Please contact me when you begin accepting mss from authors not living on the East Coast. I’ll continue to check your website, as well. I like your mandate and spirit. Judith Benson, Salmon Arm.


FierceInkPress March 27, 2013 at 10:52 am

Thank you Judith! If we open submissions up to other areas of Canada, we will be sure to contact you. ~Colleen


Denise LeBlanc March 30, 2013 at 5:34 pm

While I understand the commitment the e-books and print on demand, I am curious as to what extent books will be in bricks and mortar locations. I am just a little confused. The press sounds wonderful and I look forward to submitting my work once I am through with a few final edits.


FierceInkPress April 2, 2013 at 11:35 am

Denise, we approach brick and mortar locations that we feel are best-suited to sales for a particular title/author. Distribution is certainly more of a challenge for a smaller press but we believe that working together with retailers on a book-by-book scenario to minimize returns is our best chance for success in this area. ~Kimberly


Denise LeBlanc April 2, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Thank you so much for your quick response. I will be sending my novel along following a few final tweaks. I hope you think it is a great fit!


FierceInkPress April 2, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Wonderful! Looking forward to receiving your submission! ~Kimberly


Darlene Buckingham April 25, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Would you consider a finished sci-fi manuscript for young adults from a country-living Ontarian? It’s difficult to find a publisher that is looking for “new, fun, weird, unique, kick-ass fiction.”


FierceInkPress May 4, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Hi Darlene,

Thank you so much for your interest in Fierce Ink Press. We may, in the near future, open up submissions to the rest of Canada. If we do, we will post it here, so keep checking back! ~ Colleen


HEIDI PATULLO (BUNDSCHUH) July 8, 2013 at 8:01 pm


So glad that Sheree is a FB friend. So glad to read about her courage to write her latest -her creative NF for your publishing team/house. All sounds wonderful and a great read..not that it will be fun, nor light. But important! (I get that: did my own part this year as a HS teacher in SJ, NB …and last year, acting in The VM!)

Sheree has liked my work in the past, and supports my writing endeavours: I have yet to have my “break-through” LOL. It is coming. (Yep another LOL, but really, just a courageous, “I believe in me and my writerliness” smile! :)

I am working on a book–self-published, at present. Have, however, several ideas for YA fiction/creative NF. Seems like you might be the place to turn!? … But no shorts wanted at present, eh? You sure?? … the working title is “Those Little Pricks”… and no, it is not what you think…well, maybe a little… what do you think?

Heidi (all decked out and writing) in Saint John. Which is on the east coast. Which does mean I qualify (last LOL)


Noah July 13, 2013 at 12:13 pm

I’m not quite sure I’m fully understanding how the distribution process works. Do you focus more on producing eBooks or will books be sent to distributors such as Chapters? What I’m basically saying is: is this an ePublisher or a traditional publisher and will I have to pay for any “packages” that would come from a vanity press? Thanks a lot!


Noah July 13, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Oh never mind, I should have looked at the About page first! Can’t wait to submit to your company, I’ll be sending it in the next few days!


FierceInkPress July 13, 2013 at 1:10 pm

No worries, Noah! Please do let us know if you have other questions in the meantime.


FierceInkPress July 13, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Saw your other comment on the page where we’ve got the answers but just to clarify for anyone else: we’re a new kind of hybrid between the two publishing models. So while we focus on eBooks and Print on Demand, we still place our books (strategically) with brick-and-mortar bookstores. And, no, we DEFINITELY are not a vanity press. We don’t require money from the authors to publish our titles. ~Kimberly


Noah July 13, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Thanks for all of the quick replies, you seem like a very good publisher! I will definitely be submitting as soon as I finish this youtube video. Thank you once again!


Caroline July 13, 2013 at 3:27 pm

When submitting, should I include a one page synopsis & the first three chapters, along with the genre, word count, etc. or just the stuff listed above that are bulleted?


FierceInkPress July 16, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Caroline: Yes, we’d like all of that in the submission. It gives us a well-rounded picture of what your manuscript is about and helps us to make an informed decision before asking for a full manuscript. ~Kimberly


Judy Hilgemann July 29, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Hello, are you accepting submissions from Illustrators for covers and illustrations of your exciting new books? I am a west coast artist, and published illustrator, always looking for new projects, especially in the Canadian publishing world. Thank you for any information, sincerely,
Judy Hilgemann


FierceInkPress July 29, 2013 at 8:47 pm

Thank you for your interest in Fierce Ink Press, Judy. We’re always looking for new cover designers to work with. Feel free to email your portfolio or a link to your website to ~ Colleen


Noah Hollis August 16, 2013 at 10:33 am

Hi again! I’m just finishing up some last minute editing before submitting my manuscript and I was wondering if you accept multiple submissions? I am interested in sending both of my manuscripts to your company, they are both young adult. If not, would I be able to mention the other manuscript in my submission in case all goes well with the first or would you prefer to wait until a later stage?

Thanks for all of your help, I am very excited to be sending this in soon!


FierceInkPress August 19, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Hello Noah,

Yes, we do accept multiple submissions. But they will need to be sent to us separately and not all in one email.
~ Colleen


Elizabeth Dobyns February 27, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Do you charge to have books published?


FierceInkPress March 10, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Hello Elizabeth. No we do not charge our authors a fee to publish with us. ~ Colleen


Sawyer Bailly July 22, 2014 at 9:48 pm

Will we hear back from you whether it is a yes/no? Also, are you open to submissions from teen authors?


FierceInkPress July 23, 2014 at 12:47 pm


Yes, when an author submits to us, we let them know if we want the full manuscript of it we’re passing. And if we request the full manuscript and decide it isn’t the right fit for Fierce Ink Press, we also let the author know. And we are def open to submissions from teen authors! ~Colleen


Sawyer Bailly July 22, 2014 at 9:53 pm

I am a teen author and I have been working on my novel for a year… I hope to be published and hope that my book is a good fit!


FierceInkPress July 23, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Hello again!

Once you’re ready, please feel free to submit according to our submissions guidelines. ~ Colleen


Sophie Rymill August 4, 2014 at 2:25 pm

I am an aspiring Canadian teen author, and I just wanted to know if you are accepting novels from anywhere in Canada or just specific provinces/territories.


FierceInkPress August 5, 2014 at 8:59 am

Hello Sophie. We’re open to all authors who live in any of the Canadian provinces or territories. Looking forward to reading your submission! ~Kimberly


FierceInkPress August 11, 2014 at 7:49 am

Hi Sophie!

We are opened to submissions from anywhere in Canada.


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