Scorpius Books is a new, independent, dynamic and innovative fiction publishing house based in Essex, UK. We aim to dynamically challenge and improve the way publishing works, with one very important belief: great literature is for everyone. We believe a story should be available to all, and we produce dyslexia-friendly versions of all the books we publish, for any age.

We promise to treat all our authors with respect and courtesy, no matter their experience, and we promise to keep our submissions policy wide open to all, as well as being kind to the environment (no wasteful printed copies wanted here, thank you very much).


The origins of Scorpius Books trace back to when a five-year-old Jacqui Kibby first stuck some note-pad pages together to form a six-page book about her pet. She continued to create small books throughout her childhood, both at home and at school, adding binding and cover designs, spending hours on their creation.

Her love of the supernatural and paranormal evolved in her teenage years and she wrote her first full length novel at the age of 15.

In 2012, she took the plunge and published her first novel, Darkness Forbidden, the first in the Dark Trilogy, under the banners J.M. Rankin and Scorpius Books, named after her daughter’s birth sign.

In 2018, after a year of planning, Scorpius Books acquired the rights to publish The Boffee Bears, an out-of-print series of six children’s books, which will be released over 2019 and 2020, along with the last book in the Dark Trilogy.