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Leo C
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Joined 7/25/2011
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Leo began his career as a journalist - first on his college paper while sending freelance pieces elsewhere, then as the assistant editor of a citywide 'alternative' publication. Aged 22 he started his own local paper (covering a two-zipcode area of about 90,000 people) and ran it successfully for two years.

From there he became a marketer and copywriter, re-applying the skills he'd learned in journalism (and writing many of the ads that appeared in his paper) for a series of startups in the Boston area.

In 2013 his first novel, Legion, was published by Argilla Tabula and became an immediate bestseller. Ten more books (as of August 2020) have since followed, all of them both critically and commercially successful.

His second company, science-fiction publisher Henchman Press, went live in September 2014 with its aptly (but coincidentally) named debut title, First Strike by Christopher Nuttall. That book was an immediate bestseller and the first of about fifty that Henchman would go on to publish, including a number of other bestsellers and one (2015's A Time To Die, by Mark Wandrey) finalist for the Dragon Award.

As Publisher of Henchman, Champion was responsible for selection and acquisition of books and their progress through the pipeline from there to launch - proofreading and editing a majority of them himself but delegating others to contracted editors; selecting and commissioning cover art; formatting the final manuscripts into ebook and print editions; publishing on Amazon, B&N Nook, Apple, Google Books, and other sales channels, followed by post-release marketing and publicity efforts.

After five successful years, Champion decided for personal reasons in September 2019 to shut Henchman down so that he could focus on new challenges. This was done with money remaining in the bank and all stakeholders happy.
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