Dear Friends,

After eight successful years of independent publishing, MANIFOLD PRESS will be scaling back its operations in May 2018. Our regular publishing schedule will continue until then, with the last set of books being published on 1 May 2018, but most of our titles will still be available to buy at least until May 2019 – and some very possibly longer than that. Our two charity anthologies, A PRIDE OF POPPIES and CALL TO ARMS, will be for sale as long as there is demand for them and money to be channeled to the causes they support.

We intend to maintain the same conscientious service we have always provided to our authors and readers; our newsletter will still be circulated, and in particular all royalties will continue to paid in full and on time. Rights reversions will be managed on an individual basis; we’re very happy to work with our authors towards a timetable that suits them.

This decision has not been an easy one to reach, and is largely the result of changing family circumstances. The Press requires a massive commitment of time and energy which would be impossible to sustain indefinitely, and rather than allow the quality of our product to suffer we feel the sensible option is to retire in good order while we can.

Our plan is to keep everybody fully informed throughout the winding-down process, but we’ll be glad to answer any questions you may have about it; please feel free to get in touch with us either on Facebook or via e-mail.

We’re more grateful than we can adequately express for all the support and encouragement we’ve received throughout our adventure in independent publishing. Our experience in this community has been wholly positive and – although incredibly hard work – thoroughly enjoyable, and we wouldn’t have missed any of it for the world!

We’re actively planning QUEER COMPANY 3, and an announcement about that will be made later this summer. Please keep an eye on our website and our Facebook page for further details.

Thank you for everything, and we’ll miss you terribly!

Julie, Morgan and Fiona


  1. So very sorry to hear your news. Family must come first. Your commitment to your Authors & Readers has always been and remains exceptional.

    Best regards

  2. Although I knew, I am still very sad to see the announcement. A press of such considered, high quality closing is a sad thing for all who enjoy quality books. I wish you and your families all the very best for the future.

  3. I’m sorry to hear this, as I’ve been a constant devourer of your output from the start, but all the trends in publishing seem to be against you and your decision is entirely understandable. I wish everyone connected with the Press all the best in the future. And thank you for managing an orderly wind-up – I will take the opportunity to check for anything I’ve missed!9

    1. Thank you, Allie. Earning the loyalty of insightful readers such as you means we have succeeded in what we tried to do. Publishing is a tough business, as you’re obviously aware, but at least it feels good to go out on a high! Thank you for being part of the Manifold story.

  4. Thank you, Manifold Press, for being a beacon of light, offering outstanding, quality, first-class stories. So many of my favorite stories have come from your authors, and I will treasure all of their “heart work.” Best thoughts for the Manifold Press family. You will be sorely missed.

    1. Thank you very much, Rachel, for all you say here. It is wonderful to know you will continue to treasure the ‘heart work’ of our authors – and the fact that you use such a term for their stories really means we have achieved our main goals. Thank you for being such a generous part of it all!

  5. So sad to hear this news. Manifold Press will be missed by readers. It is heartening though to see what a class act this press is, even under these circumstances. I wish you and your family all the best.

  6. I’m sorry to hear this news and understand the reason for the decision. Please know you all will be missed and we wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

    1. Thank you, H.B., but we’re glad you understand – it’s a sad day but we’re very grateful for everyone’s support and reassurance.

    1. Thank you very much, Bev. It is sad news indeed, especially in light of the current circumstances! But we feel it was the right decision for us to have made. Thank you for all your support along the way! You’ve been much appreciated.

  7. I’m late to learn this and so sorry to hear it. Will your authors join other houses or self-publish? I would so sad to never have another Adam Fitzroy or Jay Lewis Taylor novel! You have done such great work bringing out thoughtful, character- and story-driven books to readers. You’ll be missed!

    1. Thank you, Nikki. It may not be quite as bleak as all that – Adam and Jay certainly intend to continue writing, although what they’ll publish and where remains undecided. They both have short stories in our new anthology, which will be announced on 1 April, and there’s another Jay Lewis Taylor project in the pipeline too!

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