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Magical March Special

March 9, 2017—Beauty and the Beast is returning to the big screen this month, and it's putting us in the mood for our own brand of fairy tales. Jenniffer Wardell's modern twists on classic fairy tales are the perfect companion to the movie release. For the month of March only, the paperback version of each charming title is 40% off when ordering through our website.

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North Star Editions Acquires Jolly Fish Press

October 28, 2016—North Star Editions, Inc. (NSE) has acquired the assets of Jolly Fish Press, a Utah-based publisher of young adult, middle-grade fiction, and adult fiction. Under the purchase agreement, the acquisition includes the Jolly Fish Press imprint name and all copyrights to backlist and forthcoming titles. NSE also assumes all partnership agreements.“It’s with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to five wonderful years at the helm of JFP, but I’m grateful that the books—and the mission we set out to achieve—will live on under the North Star Editions brand,” said Christopher Loke, Publisher of JFP.

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Jolly Fish Press partners with Tapas Media

September 1, 2016—Jolly Fish Press (JFP) has officially partnered with Tapas Media, a new and trending content delivery app specializing in providing books and comics to readers in "bite size" portions. With this partnership,Tapas readers can now read selected titles from our catalogs in a "pay as you go" platform. JFP is thrilled to be on the cutting edge of this new and innovative way of delivering content to its readers.

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Jolly Fish Press acquires book set against the backdrop of current and past racial tensions in America

July 21, 2016—Jolly Fish Press (JFP) has acquired the World English publication and sub rights to Donna Hill’s They Call This Place Here, an epistolary novel spanning three generations that tells the story of a family whose lives are played against the struggle of the Civil Rights movement, the race riots of the 90s, and the racial tension of the twenty-first century. McKelle George, acquisitions editor at Jolly Fish Press, headed the deal. They Call This Place Here is scheduled to be released Winter of 2018.

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Jolly Fish Press to Join Effort with You Can Play in Support of Inclusivity for LGBTQ Athletes in All Sports

June 21, 2016—In an effort to help create inclusivity for LGBTQ athletes in all sports, Jolly Fish Press (JFP) has partnered with You Can Play in an unprecedented sale event starting from June 21 through June 30, 2016; in this event, Mia Siegert’s highly-acclaimed debut, Jerkbait, will be placed on sale at a 30% discount. For every copy of the book sold via this event, JFP will contribute $1 to You Can Play’s much-needed cause.

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The Consider Fan Art Contest Winners Announced

April 11, 2016—The winners of the Consider Fan Art Contest have been announced mid last week, congratulations! The entries have been amazing and showcase the creative talents of our readers and fans of Kristy Acevedo's award-winning Consider. Needless to say, the decision-making process was not easy. The winners are as follows:

FIRST PLACE: Cat M. Scully


THIRD PLACE: Anissa Basanayake

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Melia LaFleur & Shannen Mills

The winning entires will be featured on our website within the next 2 weeks.

Jolly Fish Press Acquires Sci-Fi Trilogy by NYT Bestselling Author

Jolly Fish Press acquires sci-fi trilogy The Blue Dominion by NYT bestselling author Sam York in a three-book deal. The trilogy was sold to TJ da Roza (JFP) by Lane Heymont of The Seymour Agency. The first installment of the trilogy, The Viridian Convict, is scheduled for release in spring of 2017

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JFP Acquires Seeking Mansfield by Kate Watson

Jolly Fish Press has successfully acquired Kate Watson’s Seeking Mansfield, a contemporary YA novel based on Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park. Seeking Mansfield is scheduled for a Spring 2017 release. The deal was sold to acquisition editor McKelle George by Bree Ogden of Red Sofa Literary Agency.

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Jolly Fish Press Acquires Its First Anthology on the Subject of Adoption

Jolly Fish Press has successfully acquired Welcome Home, a collection of short stories centered around the theme of adoption, written by over two dozen contemporary Young Adult authors, including author, Eric Smith. Welcome Home, curated by Eric, is sold to McKelle George (JFP) by Dawn Frederick of Red Sofa Literary Agency.

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JFP Acquires Elana Johnson’s New YA Sci-Fi Series

Jolly Fish Press has successfully acquired The Rift Walkers series in a two-book deal from popular YA author Elana Johnson. Rift, the series’ first installment, is scheduled for a Fall 2016 release followed by Mend, the final book in the series the following Spring. The deal was sold to acquisition editor Kenna Blaylock.

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JFP Acquires YA Thriller That Addresses Social Issues Among Teenagers

Jolly Fish Press has acquired the World English publication and media rights to Mia Siegert’s Jerkbait, a YA thriller that explores the relationship between two brothers. Jerkbait is scheduled to be released Spring of 2016. The deal was headed by McKelle George at JFP and Travis Pennington at The Knight Agency.

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JFP Acquires First YA Epic Fantasy Series for 2016

Jolly Fish Press has signed a three-book deal with debut author Dan Allen, acquiring world English rights to the complete Forgotten Heirs Trilogy; the first installment in the trilogy, Fall of the Dragon Prince, is set to be released Spring 2016. Fall of the Dragon Prince marks JFP’s first epic fantasy title geared toward YA readers for 2016.

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JFP Acquires YA Fantasy That Takes Gaming and Questing to New Heights

Jolly Fish Press has successfully signed a two-book deal with author Jeri Baird, acquiring the adventurous and engrossing Tokens and Omens series. The first installment of the series, Tokens and Omens, will be released Spring of 2016. The deal was headed by acquisition editor Reece Hanzon.

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JFP Acquires a New YA Contemporary Based on the Siren Myth

Jolly Fish Press is pleased to announced the acquisition of Songbyrd, from author Anna Silver, a YA contemporary novel with a touch of magic inspired by the Siren myth. The deal was headed by editor McKelle George and Thao Le of the Sandra Dijkstra Agency, set to release in Summer 2016.

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JFP Acquires “Monster or Die” Middle-Grade Series

Jolly Fish Press (JFP) has acquired the Monster or Die middle-grade series in a two-book deal from Cynthia Reeg, an award-winning author. From the Grave, the series’ first installment is set to release in Fall 2016. The deal was headed by acquisition editor TJ da Roza, who had also previously acquired the award-winning novel, Consider (Spring 2016), from Kristy Acevedo.

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Double Jeopardy for “Gabriel's Daughters”

Janet Jensen's Gabriel's Daughters has been officially nominated for the 2015 Whitney Awards. The Whitneys are an awards program for novels written by LDS authors.

Finalists will be announced in early February, and the winners at the Whitney Awards gala on May 7, 2015. Visit the Whitney Awards official website for more information about the gala andhow the Whitney Awards program works.

On a separate note, Gabriel's Daughters also won in the South West Book Design and Production Awards under the Body, Mind, and Spirit category. Download the press release here.

“The Holo Series” Gets a Two-Book Audiobook Deal

Kristy Acevedo's The Holo Series has been catching fire since we first acquired it. Now, it has gained the attention of Blackstone Audio, one of the nation's biggest independent audiobook publishers; The Holo Series will be published simultaneously in audiobook format by Blackstone Audio upon the books' release.

The first book of the series, Consider, will be release Spring of 2016 followed by its final installment the following Fall.

JFP Acquires 2015 PEN Award Winner

Jolly Fish Press (JFP) has signed a two-book deal with YA author Kristy Acevedo, acquiring her explosive debut, Consider, winner of the 2015 PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award. Consider is currently scheduled to be released May of 2016 followed immediately with the audiobook release by Blackstone Audio; its second and final installment will be released in the Fall of the same year. The deal was headed by JFP editorial director TJ da Roza.

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Johnny Worthen Awarded 2014 Writer of the Year

Johnny Worthen, award-winning author of The Unseen series, has yet another award to add to his list of accolades and successes. He has been officially named the League of Utah Writers 2014 Writer of the Year.

Johnny's Celeste was just released this July, and his new adult mystery-thriller will be released November of 2015.