Audiobook news!

People have been inquiring about the availability of Local Hero Press audiobooks. Although we do not have them for sale separately, we are pleased to share with you how you can listen to any Local Hero Press publication.

To do this, you need an epub version of any LHP book, available from Smashwords and Google Play Books (get the app here). It is also helpful to have Google Drive (get it here).

Heres what you do:
1. Purchase a Smashwords edition ebook and download the epub version.
2. Upload the epub file to your Google Drive.
3. In Google Play Books, go to Settings and enable “Enable PDF uploading”.
4. From Google Drive, download the epub file into Books.
5. Listen and enjoy! We’ve tested it and it works great!

If you’re still having trouble, we used this post from Google Support to make things clear.

Submissions now open for Caped anthology!

Local Hero Press is pleased to announce we are now accepting submissions for an anthology of original superhero fiction short stories, called Caped. Here is what we’re seeking:

  • Original superhero fiction stories that get into more depth about being a superhero than basic secret origin tales or superhero-versus-supervillain. Who are these people who have strange and wonderful powers and choose to use them for great justice? What makes them tick? Your characters should be original creations. We cannot consider work utilizing licensed characters.
  • Genre: Superhero
  • Style: Open to all/most styles
  • Subjects: Open to all/most subjects
  • Length: Up to 5000 words
  • Payment: $0.01 per word, rounded up to nearest $5.00 USD, paid via PayPal upon final acceptance of the contract by all parties.
  • Type of submissions accepted: Electronic only, see below for precise requirements
  • Reprints? No
  • Multiple Submissions? No
  • Simultaneous Submissions? Yes
  • Submissions close: August 31, 2015. This may be extended if required.
  • Response time: 4 weeks or sooner.
  • Publication date: December 1, 2015 or later if submissions period is extended.

Potential Authors:

You are submitting your work to Local Hero Press for publication in ebook and print format. We request exclusive worldwide rights for a period of six months from date of publication, followed by non-exclusive worldwide rights for a period of five years that renews every year afterward automatically unless cancelled by you or Local Hero Press. We will make no major alterations to your work, although we reserve the right to make minor copy-editing changes, subject to your approval prior to publication. If we determine we want to publish your work, a conditional offer will be made and you will receive a contract.

Submission Requirements:

Failure to follow these requirements pretty much guarantees we will reject your work. Email your submission as an attached .doc, .rtf, or .odt (our preferred format) to submissions@localheropress.com. Put in the subject line: CAPED Submission: (Story Title) by (Your Name). Give us a short summary of your story in the email body (no more than two or three sentences), and a short summary of who you are (previous publishing credits, etc.). Include your word count in the email.

Your manuscript should follow standard formatting protocol. We prefer Times New Roman and hate Papyrus. Please ensure your story is free from typos, spelling and grammatical errors. If you have questions, contact us at submissions@localheropress.com.

Good luck and we’re looking forward to seeing what you have for us!

Starfest, Mustang Sally, and Merchandise!

Local Hero Press spent the past weekend at Starfest in Denver and a fantastic time was had by all. Many folks stopped by the table to look at our ever-growing selection of paperbacks, marvel at our display, snag a free bookmark, and get their picture taken with Just Cause superhero Mustang Sally, who popped by to help sell books.

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2015-04-18 19.02.182015-04-19 12.37.48Although they were not on sale at the table this time around, Local Hero Press has just released a collection of exclusive merchandise, available through our partner outlet RedBubble. Check out the official Just Cause and Local Hero Press logo gear. CEO, Publisher, Head Cook and Chief Bottle Washer Ian Thomas Healy test-drove all three shirts over the weekend and reported them to be “Comfortable, eye-catching, and strangely attractive to members of the opposite sex (or same sex, if that’s your thing–we don’t judge).” Check them out for yourself at the link or in the main menu!

CASTLES now on sale everywhere!

Local Hero Press is pleased to announce that Castles, Just Cause Universe Book 7, is now on sale at all online retail outlets!

As a new president takes the White House, Just Cause returns to New York City for the first time in eight years, under the command of its newest leader: Mustang Sally.

But not everyone is excited about the expansion of Just Cause. Senator Christine Goodwin, slighted by the team’s leadership years before, has made it her mission to put all parahumans on a very short leash, while at the same time creating her own super-powered militia.

With the media and America at large turning against Just Cause, Sally and her teammates must risk their lives and freedom to halt the Senator’s plans, which threaten the futures of parahuman people worldwide.

Castles Front Cover SmallerCastles can be ordered from the following sites (each opens in a new page):

Amazon

Smashwords

iTunes

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Now on sale: THE GOOD FIGHT 2: VILLAINS

Local Hero Press, LLC in conjunction with the Pen & Cape Society is pleased to announce the publication of The Good Fight 2: Villains, the next ebook in the series of anthologies featuring stories from some of the premiere authors working in the superhero fiction genre. All proceeds from the sale of The Good Fight 2: Villains will benefit long-time comic book author James Hudnall, who has suffered some recent health and financial challenges. At 99 cents, it’s an inexpensive way to donate to a worthy cause, so be sure to get a copy for yourself and ask your friends to do the same.

The Good Fight 2: Villains features stories by Nick Ahlhelm, Scott Bachmann, Mike Baron, Drew Hayes, Ian Thomas Healy, Hydrargentium, T. Mike McCurley, Landon Porter, R. J. Ross, Cheyanne Young, and Jim Zoetewey. It can be downloaded from Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iTunes, Scribd, Inktera, with other outlets adding it all the time.
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CASTLES Preorders now live!

Local Hero Press is pleased to announce that Castles, Just Cause Universe Book 7, is now available for preorder. Official release date is April 1, 2015!

As a new president takes the White House, Just Cause returns to New York City for the first time in eight years, under the command of its newest leader: Mustang Sally.

But not everyone is excited about the expansion of Just Cause. Senator Christine Goodwin, slighted by the team’s leadership years before, has made it her mission to put all parahumans on a very short leash, while at the same time creating her own super-powered militia.

With the media and America at large turning against Just Cause, Sally and her teammates must risk their lives and freedom to halt the Senator’s plans, which threaten the futures of parahuman people worldwide.

Castles Front Cover SmallerCastles can be preordered from the following sites (each opens in a new page):

Amazon

Smashwords

iTunes

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

An honorary position from Local Hero Press!

From CEO Ian Thomas Healy

I want to take a moment here to tell you about someone behind the scenes of my entire library. I say that because without this person, the chances are very good that you might not have gotten to read anything I’ve written.

Let me tell you about my best friend and editor, Allison M. Dickson. She has read, edited, and critiqued literally everything that is in my bibliography, and without her insight and skills with the red pen, I’d likely have drifted away from this grind long ago for more lucrative fields like grocery store night stockers or making fries at Arby’s. But because of her, I’ve not only persevered through some very challenging times as a writer, I’ve thrived, started my own publishing company, and am looking to the future with great excitement instead of apprehension.

I met Allie online, after happening onto her blog by clicking on the Next Blog button back several years ago, before Obama’s first presidency, in fact. We were both struggling as writers, working on various projects and trying to find agents, because at the time, that was what one did. She started reading my stuff, and I hers. And we never really stopped.

Over the years, we got so good at editing each other that we developed our own unique editorial shorthand terminology that would send most writers into crying jags of hate and despair. But we always persevered through, even when we had our differences, and to this day I respect and count on her opinion more than anyone else’s. Everyone has someone for whom they write their books; I write mine for her.

We both eventually landed our agents, and although mine never seemed to work out, I suspect hers will bring her much success. And I have asked her many times to become part of Local Hero Press on a more official basis, to which she has politely refused. Nevertheless, she’s my go-to girl and therefore I have given her a special gift of the position of Honorary Editor. As long as I continue to write books, you can be assured that she will in some way have a hand in them.

Ladies and gentlemen, Honorary Editor Allison M. Dickson!

Honorary Editor Allison M. Dickson

Out on the Tiles, Out in the Wild

Out on the Tiles by Led Zeppelin on Grooveshark

Local Hero Press at COSine Science Fiction Convention!

The place where the magic happens.

The place where the magic happens.

The entire staff of Local Hero Press (plus an intern!) spent the weekend at COSine Science Fiction Convention in Colorado Springs, pimping our existing books, our upcoming works, and making special mention of the Pen & Cape Society! We had a grand old time with some longtime fans of science fiction and fantasy. We gave away a book in a raffle! We handed out a ton of bookmarks! We saw some very cool fabrication projects and met some great artists as well. If you haven’t been to a Con before, we highly recommend it. LHP will be at several events in 2015. Up next is GalaxyFest over the last weekend of February, also in Colorado Springs. Mark it on your calendars and plan to be there. It’s going to be big. Really big. You won’t want to miss it!

CEO Ian and Intern Patrick rocking the LHP Logo Shirts

CEO Ian and Intern Patrick rocking the LHP Logo Shirts

What we learned:

  • There are nerds, and then there are NERDS. And they’re all awesome.
  • Hotel Elegante in Colorado Springs has a really good breakfast and brunch buffet.
  • You can’t get Blonde Roast in the coffee shop, much to their detriment.
  • Everything is awesome.
CEO Ian (beard) and Managing Editor Alicia (no beard)

CEO Ian (beard) and Managing Editor Alicia (no beard)

The (possibly) Insane Dr. Nutzenboltz (sic) was our neighbor

The (possibly) Insane Dr. Nutzenboltz (sic) was our neighbor

Exponential Nerdism

Exponential Nerdism

Alicia stole Ian's glasses to look more nerdly

Alicia stole Ian’s glasses to look more nerdly

Longtime LHP friend Greg stopped by to update his inventory of signed books

Longtime LHP friend Greg stopped by to update his inventory of signed books

Pen & Cape Society REPRESENT!

Pen & Cape Society REPRESENT!

 

All Local Hero Press novels now available from Smashwords

This includes Ian Thomas Healy’s Just Cause Universe books as well as the unrelated novels listed below. Follow the links for specific purchase pages. All these items will be available from Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Kobo within the next 2-3 days as well.

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