Manatee Books was set up in 2017, by best-selling author Lisa Hall in conjunction with blogger turned freelance publishing guru Liz Barnsley.  Our aim is to bring top quality fiction to the digital market. We are a small outfit, intent on publishing only the best of crime and women’s fiction. Our focus is on building the author brand, ensuring that all of our authors receive bestseller treatment through a strong marketing strategy and the knowledge that the Manatee Books team are there to support them through the entire publication journey.

Lisa Hall

Lisa Hall is a number one best selling author in the UK. Her debut novel, Between You and Me hit the number one spot on Kindle within an month of release and was named in the Kindle UK top ten books of 2016. Both Between You and Me and her second novel, Tell Me No Lies, were featured in the Kobo UK top books of 2016. Her novels have been translated into several different languages. Her third novel, The Party, is due for release in July 2018. Lisa is currently working on her fourth novel. 

Liz Barnsley

Liz Barnsley  is an active and vibrant member of the publishing community, best known for her infamous and influential Liz Loves Books blog. She’s a beta-reader and book-fixer for a number of bestselling authors, and reads submissions for Orenda Books, acting as ‘first filter’ for the slush pile. An experienced proofreader and copyeditor, Liz also has experience in marketing and PR, which she currently undertakes on an informal basis for a variety of authors and publishers. 

‘Liz has a keen eye for brilliant books and she literally bursts with exciting ideas for marketing and PR. I’m certain that she’ll rise to the challenge of her new job and produce a host of bestsellers for Manatee’ (Karen Sullivan, Publisher, Orenda Books)

Tracy is responsible for organising most aspects of publicity for Manatee Books. She is also the founder of TBC, an online book club with over 8600 members, including over 1300 author members, and currently organises blog tour packages for a number of publishers.  

Tracy Fenton
Abby Fairbrother

Abby joins Manatee Books as our submissions reader, responsible for taking a first glance over the manuscripts received. She is an avid reader, who has read over 800+  book in the last 3 years. 
She is a huge fan of debut novels and also enjoys reading multiple genres. She can usually be found at home or down at the beach with a book.