The next Underdog Anthology closes for short story submissions on 1st April, although this one is no longer tied to any calendar event so we can be a little bit flexible on that – but only by a few days. This one is any genre, any (legal) subject. Stories should be somewhere around the 2000 words mark but we’re always flexible on that one. If your stories are very short we can come to an agreement on payment.
In other news, Mark Ellott’s book ‘Ransom‘ has a new and massively improved cover and there are two more books in editing.
It has been a dreadful year and it looks set to continue for some time yet. Books are a good way to escape this mad world for a while, and we have quite a varied range now. Take a look around.
The latest novel from Mark Ellott is now loading on Amazon and is already available on Smashwords. It will shortly appear in Kindle and print formats on Amazon.
It seems that if you attempt to add a direct link to an entirely non-controversial historical fiction book on Smashwords, Farcebok will tag it as ‘403-Forbidden’ so let’s try an indirect link and see if that gets through. If we get banned from Farcebok, no biggie, its increasingly bizarre and random censorship is rapidly rendering it useless anyway.
Twitter is losing out to Gab and Parler, it won’t be long before Farcebok goes the same way as Compuserve. Times change and if you don’t, then time leaves you behind.
So, Leg Iron Books is on the lookout for the inevitable replacement for Farcebok. We’ll see you there.
The backlog of novels still exists but is reducing. Mark Ellot’s next book, ‘Reiver’, will soon be available and the Spring anthology will open for short story submissions between March 1st and April 2nd. This one is a free-for-all, any genre, and it’s a paying gig. £12 per story, unless it’s really short then we’ll negotiate something.
Writers need to know about this new scam. No idea how they profit from it so far but it’s still theft. Leg Iron Books won’t fall for it.
The Christmas anthology nears completion. It does have some cheery tales but given the current state of the world it should come as no surprise that it also has some pretty bleak ones. It has not been a good year and it looks like it’s going to be a grim Christmas for most of us.
The cover is ready to go, author contracts are going out and this book should be available in under a week. It includes many old favourites and a couple of new authors.
It doesn’t look like it’s going to be much fun this year, in the UK at least. There will however be an Underdog Anthology as usual.
Number 13 has a good crop of stories. Submission has now closed and editing is beginning. We hope to have this out in the first week of December since this year there is likely to be even harder pressure on deliveries than usual.
Quarterly author payments on novels and collections will go out on November 30th too.
There are more books to deal with, we have a backlog here, so Leg Iron Books will close to new submissions now until early January.
This was something we never expected to do, this started as almost a hobby press and we never expected it to reach a volume of work where we’d have to say ‘whoah’, but here we are.
If you have something ready to send, you have at least six weeks to double and triple check it before we’re ready to look at it in January.
Take a day off for Christmas though. You’ve earned it.
Both were greatly assisted by the provision of cover art via the authors, which saves a lot of time and work at this end. There are still three more books due for completion and release, ideally before Christmas, and of course the Christmas anthology which is still open for submissions.
I think we might take the day off for Christmas. Well, maybe half a day…
Well, we may or may not get a Christmas this year but we’re certainly going for a Christmas anthology.
Underdog Anthology 13 (yes, it’s unfortunate although perhaps appropriate how the numbers turned out but here we are) is now open for submissions until November 25th. Editing will begin in earnest just after that date because we have several books in progress at the moment, and the aim is for publication in the first week of December. Ideally, very early in that week. The postal service is likely to be overstretched this year since nobody can go to the shops and everything is being delivered, so we really can’t delay this one.
It’ll be a fast turnaround but we’re used to that now. The Christmas anthology is always hot on the heels of Halloween, but UA12, ‘Mask-Querade‘ made it out before the deadline so it’s a little easier this year.
Any Christmas theme, from the gentle to the horrific, is allowed for this book. Something for everyone, and if it’s lockdown-themed so much the better.
We look forward to reading your jolly, or maybe not so jolly, Christmas tales.
Well, the deadline for Anthology 12 has now closed. Anthology 13 (Christmas themed) will open officially in mid October, although it already has two stories submitted for it. Early submission is fine, but editing won’t start before the actual opening date.
Anthology 12 is on track for release around October 10th if all goes to plan (yes, I know, it’s 2020, whatever can go wrong undoubtedly will go wrong) and, as with every other anthology so far, we have another new author to introduce. Many of your old favourites are also in this one. The contents list and cover will appear on publication, best not risk jinxing it by giving anything away too soon. Especially in this hellish year!
Some stories are COVID themed, as you would expect, and all have at least a little bit of scariness about them. Plenty of choice for those Halloween evenings, wrapped up in bed, ignoring the scuffling of Underbed Monster and the scratchings on the window pane.
There are other books in the pipeline. Ideally they’ll all be out by Christmas.
But it’s 2020, so no promises.
The latest release from Leg Iron Books is a short story collection by Wandra Nomad, who is therefore now to be found under ‘authors’ rather than ‘anthology authors’. Wandra also has stories in Underdog Anthology 11, and in the forthcoming anthology for Halloween.
The Halloween anthology is still open for submissions until the end of September, if you have something Halloween themed to add to it.
Meanwhile we still have Gastradamus’s short story collection, another book of tales from Mark Ellott, another book from Wandra Nomad and of course the upcoming Underdog Anthology 12. There is much to do, against a backdrop of setbacks and lunacy that has become the hallmark of 2020.
We’ll get through this year. Eventually.