Blue Whale Press is an independent publisher that focuses on children’s books under its primary imprint. It is owned and operated
by a couple who probably couldn’t be more different in backgrounds and personalities, yet they complement each other so well,
and have for decades.
Steve Kemp is a retired marketing and business development executive from the high-tech arena who has authored and/or edited thousands of pages of web, technical, and marketing copy over the span of a thirty-five-year career. He is a prolific writer who has a penchant for detail and accuracy of the written word, and he serves as the chief editor for Blue Whale Press. While the job function of “business development” might not ring a bell with most authors and illustrators, it is suffice to say that’s where sales begin: marketing, advertising and effective distribution are traits that any publisher needs to exhibit if your manuscript is ever to be printed and sold. Steve founded Blue Whale Press by leveraging his background in sales, marketing, finance, and business organization.
Alayne Kay Christian is an award-winning children’s book author. She is the creator and teacher of a picture book writing course, Art of Arc. She has been a professional picture book and chapter book critique writer since 2014, and she is going into her third year working for Julie Hedlund’s 12 X 12 as a critique ninja. Alayne is a graduate of the Institute for Children’s Literature and she has spent the last ten years studying under some of the top names in children’s literature. She is proficient in book design and layout and has a keen eye for quality. Alayne’s focus at Blue Whale Press is content editing and working with authors and illustrators to coordinate the path to quality books. In addition, she assists in copy editing and marketing.
Steve always intended for Blue Whale Press to bring quality books to children and their families, but his ongoing career advancements got in the way shortly after publishing Alayne’s book, Butterfly Kisses for Grandma and Grandpa. Nonetheless, this experience acclimated him to what it is like to do everything the big dogs do, including printing in China, contracting industry specialists, and doing obligatory paperwork. With that in the past, Steve and Alayne are now ready to team up and make Blue Whale Press the publishing company it was always meant to be.
Blue Whale Press is not a vanity press. Our intention is to bring only quality writers to the market who might otherwise not get noticed. Because it is our money on the line, we will be very selective. To ensure the success of our investment, we are engaged at every level from design and mock-up to distribution, including copyright application and Library of Congress submissions. This enables you to focus on producing your best work. If you think you’ve got what it takes, please see our submissions page by clicking here.
We are currently closed to picture book submissions and middle grade and illustrator submissions.
Check back in late 2018 to see if we are open to picture book submissions. Click
for submission guidlines. All other queries should be sent to