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Part two of the number 1 bestselling book A Girl Behind Dark Glasses. Jessica returns home after four years in hospital to a world changed beyond recognition. Her friends have grown up and gone to university, her baby sister is now 16. Everyone has moved on, but her battle with the M.E. Monster is far from over. Jessica faces new challenges daily but she wants to experience life as a young adult, and refuses to let her M.E keep her in hospital for years again. Jessica wants to show the world that she is more than what they see... and this time they will see her.





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Our books have been featured in VogueMarie Claire, Loose Women, Cosmopolitan UK, Glamour, NY Times, BBC News, OK!, HuffPost, Female First, ITV, Channel 4, Closer Magazine, Daily Express, Daily Mail, The Sun & more



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Directors of Hashtag Press: Helen Lewis and Abiola Bello

Commissioning Editor Luisa Martinez Negret 

The idea of a book publishing house promoting new voices came about in April 2016. Our first book was published in 2017.  Fast forward and Hashtag Press is an award winning indie publishing house and has published bestselling, award-winning books. Created by award-winning book PR Helen Lewis and award-winning children's/ young adults author Abiola Bello (co-founders of The Author School) building on decades of combined experience in publishing, PR, writing, research, media and journalism. 

We publish everything from commercial children's, middle-grade, YA, adult fiction and inspiring non-fiction books. We are passionate about books with strong female characters, diversity and inclusion and when we read your book, we want to fall in love with the characters, laugh or cry (or both!). We have different tastes. Helen is a more non-fiction, psychological thriller kind of girl and Abiola is obsessed with YA/ middle-grade, children's and chick lit, so we both need to love your book.


 Our Commissioning Editor Luisa Martinez Negret reads all the submissions that come in. She passes on manuscripts to the co-directors Abiola and Helen if she believes it's a good fit for Hashtag. Please note that we only publish 6-8 books a year. 

Submission guidelines can be found here but if it's a no, don't give up! Consider joining us at The Author School for more help and guidance, maybe publish through INK! Or invest in a good edit and then re-send back to us. We won't just leave you stranded. 

We are not just looking for great books, we are also looking for fantastic, lovely authors who will work hard to push their book. We are very passionate about bringing new voices into the publishing world.

We can't wait to hear from you! If you have any questions please do email us at

Hashtag Press was awarded Publisher of the Year from The People's Book Prize on July 23rd 2020.

Hashtag BLAK is a new imprint from Hashtag Press that will showcase the best under-represented voices.


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For general enquiries, please contact Helen or Abiola at 

To order books, please email


South Africa:

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To contact our Rights department, please email

For Translation Rights for Hashtag Press books please contact

World Rights:

Hashtag Press

Europe, Asia, Canada, US, Brazil

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Download are Winter/Spring 2020/2021 catalogue

To submit a manuscript for consideration, please email

To enter Hashtag Press 2020, please email

For PR and media enquiries 

We are looking for Black British authors to publish at our new imprint Hashtag BLAK

We have different platforms that can help you with your writing career for all ages!

And our new book competition that celebrates diversity The Diverse Book Awards

Company number: 10434017

Please note there are no refunds on digital goods

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