Legend Press

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Legend Press is an independent British book publisher founded in 2005 by Tom Chalmers. Specialising in mainstream trade paperback fiction, Legend Press became the youngest-run publisher in the UK trade market. [1] In 2006, the company set out its intention to double the number of titles it publishes each year until reaching 20-25 in 2009 [2]. As well as the range of novels, London-based Legend Press also began an annual short story series looking to boost the popularity of short fiction and make it more aligned to today's reader and society.[3]

In 2010 they published books including Dave Cameron's Schooldays by Bill Coles and The Sky is Changing by Zoe Jenny[1] and launched Legend Business [4] and took on management for the BOOKS etc. website.

In 2011, they were shortlisted for the Independent Publisher of the Year. [5] They have since released best-selling books, by authors such as Ruth Dugdall, whose novel The Sacrificial Man sold 45,000 copies.


Chalmers set-up Legend Press in 2005 and, aged 25, became the youngest Managing Director of a publishing company in the mainstream UK market.[citation needed] In March 2007, founder and Managing Director Tom Chalmers was shortlisted for the inaugural UK Young Publisher of the Year Award.[2]

In October 2007 Chalmers was shortlisted for the Young Music Entrepreneur of the Year Award.[6] The annual award is part of the Real Business/CBI Growing Business Awards.


  1. ^ "NBG talks to Zoë Jenny", New Books in German (NBG).
  2. ^ "SYP member nominated for UK Young Publisher of the Year", The Society of Young Publishers, 4 April 2007.

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