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About us

Legend Press was set up in 2005 and is focused primarily on publishing mainstream literary and commercial fiction. The publisher is now the most successful independent in 30 years to start up with no capital and runs a range of successful across-industry initiatives and joint-ventures. The team also runs Paperbooks, Legend Business and does consultancy work for Kingston University Press.

One of the fastest-growing independent publishers, Legend Press is passionate about championing new and high-profile authors and ensuring the book remains a product of beauty, enjoyment and fulfillment. Legend Press was shortlisted for the 2011 Bookseller Independent Publisher of the Year. 

Using a mix of innovation, drive and passion, Legend Press is fast showing that we can set the bar as to what can be achieved in a short space of time and with limited resources. As well as building a diverse, fresh and modern novel list, Legend Press aims to be the antithesis of publishers who often distance themselves from the public by being uncommunicative and cliquey. In addition to this blog which is updated daily, Legend Press has a strong presence on social networking sites and also offers a free monthly e-bulletin, writing competitions and regular talks and articles to help aspiring writers and those looking to work in publishing.

The company has major plans for the coming days, months and years ahead and we are always delighted to receive comments and feedback - whether concerning writing, publishing or absolutely anything. Inspired by the love of books, we look forward to building a powerful list of high-quality, original titles and to lining bookshelves for many years to come.

Legend Press is part of the Legend Times Ltd Group 

Legend Times Ltd was established in 2012 and is the holding company for five businesses: Legend Press, Paperbooks (a recently relaunced non-fiction publisher), Legend Business (business book publisher), New Generation Publishing (self-publishing company) and Write Connections (an online writing community for young writers).

A little bit about Tom Chalmers

Tom Chalmers is the MD of Legend Press Ltd. In 2007 Tom was shortlisted for UK Young Publisher of the Year and UK Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and was also longlisted for the Enterprising Young Brit Award. An English graduate from Liverpool University, he worked in book and magazine publishing for three years before setting-up Legend Press, a mainstream fiction book publisher, in 2005 aged 25.

Against the odds, starting with no capital in an industry where large funds are the norm for a sustainable start-up, Tom has been tipped to be the most influential independent publisher of his generation and Legend Times Ltd is predicted to be at the forefront of change in a rapidly-evolving industry.

His publishing group Legend Times Ltd now contains five companies and he is a director for two further companies. In 2012, he launched new venture IPR License, a platform on which to list and license literary rights. Chalmers also speaks regularly on publishing and business and is an Enterprise Ambassador for the Prince’s Trust.

Getting published by us

Submissions of novels are very welcome. We publish a diverse list of contemporary adult novels for the mainstream market, as well as new non-fiction and business book lists, and are looking for fresh new works from authors who are fun and inspiring to work with.

For details on how to submit, please click here

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