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94%. Let's finish this.

Monday, 25 July 2022

Hi everyone,

Well, it's been a long, long slog, but the FINAL Underdogs book is almost fully funded.

(Short version - here's the link to Underdogs: Uprising.)

At time of writing, we're just over £700 away from hitting 100% and the publication process beginning - and the series starting the final leg of its journey to the end of the war. The merch options are still available of course- if…

Birthday discount for Underdogs: Uprising (80% and counting!)

Monday, 30 May 2022

Hi everyone,

At time of writing, it is three years to the day since this book was published and released worldwide. Thanks once again to every one of you reading this, whether you were one of the people who brought the series to life or whether you've ordered it since.

Underdogs' third birthday coincides with the grand finale - Underdogs: Uprising - hitting 80%. To mark both occasions, Unbound…

The Underdogs finale is three quarters of the way to publication (but needs your help!)

Friday, 29 April 2022

Hi everyone,

As always, I'll keep this as short as I can. Underdogs: Uprising - the final book in the Underdogs series, is getting close to the final stretch of its crowdfunding phase. At time of writing (although this may change by the time you read this), it is exactly £4 away from the 75% mark! Of course, like all the other books, the publication process can't begin until it hits 100%.


Want to support a book on World Book Day? Underdogs: Uprising needs your help!

Friday, 4 March 2022

Hi everyone,

The good news- as of last night, the final book in the Underdogs series is 60% of the way to its (surprisingly big) target, and is the majority of the way to the publication process beginning!

The bad news- the progress may be happening, but it’s slow.


So with this week containing World Book Day, a day that’s known largely for schoolchildren dressing up as their favourite…

Thinking about pre-ordering the final Underdogs book? If so, now's a great time.

Wednesday, 2 February 2022

Hi everyone- with Underdogs: Uprising now on 48% and Christmas/January out of the way, I'm looking forward to the campaign steaming ahead so we can get the series finished. (For those who don't want to bother with the rest of the email, here's the link to its pre-order page.)

Once it hits 50%, I'll be sharing an exclusive short story (as in, only visible to Uprising backers) as a thank you to those…

The last Underdogs book is on 32%! (Oh, and an idea for a Christmas gift.)

Wednesday, 15 December 2021

Hi everyone - as usual I'll do my best to keep things brief! Underdogs: Uprising is now almost a third of the way to its target, so huge thanks to everyone so far who's helped to bring the series finale into existence.

As of today, Unbound have brought out a new idea for Christmas gifts, for those who are still looking - Unbound gift cards!!

As it says in the description…

The final Underdogs book is now available!!

Thursday, 25 November 2021

Hi everyone,


Its crowdfunding journey started on Monday and at time of writing it’s hit 23% of its target. (In case that doesn’t impress you, bear in mind that the new target is more than TRIPLE the target for book one, and the same amount of money would have been…

One week until the final Underdogs book becomes available to pre-order!

Sunday, 14 November 2021

Hi everyone,

As you may have seen by the title… the end is coming.

Underdogs: Uprising – the fourth and final book in the series – is soon to be open for pre-order, and the launch date I’ve been given is November 22nd (next Monday).


I won’t clog up your emails with much information beyond that, not least because I want to avoid giving spoilers for Underdogs: Acceleration (with the ebook…

Want your name printed in Underdogs 3? (If so, time's almost up!)

Wednesday, 11 August 2021

Hi everyone, I’m delighted to say that time is running out!

We’re almost at the “final proof” stage of Underdogs: Acceleration, which means the book will be totally put together and almost ready for printing and distribution.

What this means is we have to finalise our supporters list - the list of names in the back of the book to thank everyone who brought it back to life. (I’m near-certain…

An update about Underdogs 3 (plus a few reasons you may want to pre-order it)

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Hi everyone,

So the structural edits are well underway for Underdogs: Acceleration. And I know it sounds like such a clichéd marketing phrase, but I honestly believe it's by far the best of the three. (And trust me, it took a LOT for me to give myself permission to say that. I don't make such statements easily, but in just about every category - action, character development, plot twists, heart…

Stretch goals! (Or why you really want to pre-order Underdogs 3 if you haven’t already.)

Monday, 1 March 2021

So Underdogs: Acceleration is moving ahead, and in the coming days I can expect to hear a specific timetable for the publication process. The most relevant point for all of you being this:

Those who pre-order the book will receive it about six months before the rest of the world.


Keeping it to a two-sentence explanation: basically we the book will be ready for autumn, but releasing…

Details about the publication of Underdogs 3 (including release dates)

Wednesday, 20 January 2021

So for those who haven’t seen yet, Underdogs: Acceleration has now hit 100% and is due to be published. It is nothing short of phenomenal that the third book in a series, with a target more than twice as high as the original, got fully funded in under two months. Thank you so much to all 273 of you (to date) who have brought it to life.

The day after it hit 100%, I had a phone meeting with Unbound…

Underdogs 3 just hit 90%! (Plus discount code)

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

So close now. So close.

With enormous thanks to the 243 people who have supported Underdogs: Acceleration so far (I'm serious- with a budget twice as high as the first book, I never thought we'd be in this position less than two months in!), the next instalment of the series is just 10% away from starting the publication process.

I'll keep it short, and give you these three main points:


Discount available for Underdogs 3, plus two other updates

Monday, 14 December 2020

Hi everyone. Three significant updates today, one of which involves a discount for anyone pre-ordering Underdogs: Acceleration!

Well I don’t know what journey I was expecting on the road to publishing book three, but it wasn’t this!! 68% funded at time of writing – and due to the increased budget, this is the equivalent to 146% of Underdogs’ target, and 106% of Underdogs: Tooth and Nail’s. All…

Underdogs 3 has been launched (and is on 54%!)

Wednesday, 2 December 2020

The Underdogs are returning, and their next journey is getting closer.

Yes- for anyone left who's not heard the news, Underdogs: Acceleration has been launched, and is available right now!

And like I said in the title, it's more than halfway funded already. Given that the target was more than TWICE as high as the original Underdogs' target (which took 35 days to fund), getting halfway…

Want to see something beautiful?

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Hi everyone,

During these unexpectedly difficult times, I've been very, very encouraged that Unbound are continuing to work on publishing their books as normal (even if from their own homes). So there's no delay in the publication of Underdogs: Tooth and Nail.

In the meantime... take a look at this amazing cover they've designed for it!!

I don't know about you, but I utterly love it.…

Final pre-order deadline: midnight on Monday 3rd February!

Saturday, 1 February 2020

Hi everyone- for those who have received this update at work on Monday (and are interested in pre-ordering Underdogs: Tooth and Nail), you may want to flag the email or mark it as "unread" until you get home, because the pre-order deadline is midnight tonight!

Here's the link for those who don't need to read any further- I'll make this a short update, and just highlight two reasons why pre-ordering…

A bit of important news regarding Underdogs 2

Friday, 24 January 2020

Hi everyone,

I'll keep it short, since I already sent out an update this time last week. Progress on Underdogs: Tooth and Nail (or Underdogs 2) is going well both online and offline... and I'd like to give me sincere thanks to the 26 people who have pre-ordered it since I announced the deadline last week! We're only a dozen copies away from hitting 500, and the book's still a few months away from…

Time-sensitive news about Underdogs 2!

Friday, 17 January 2020

Hi everyone- typing this quick so hopefully everyone sees it before going off for the weekend!

Underdogs: Tooth and Nail (affectionately known as Underdogs 2) now has a deadline for Unbound pre-orders: Monday 27th January. Only those who order before this date will have their name (or a loved one's name) printed in the back, or have the opion of an expenses-only speaking engagement.

Yes, technically…

Underdogs is now an audiobook!!

Friday, 8 November 2019

Good news everyone!

Ever since Underdogs was confirmed for publication, people have asked me whether an audiobook version would come out too. (After all, a book like Underdogs in particular needs to be accessible.) Originally I wasn't optimistic: after all, audiobooks cost a surprising amount to produce, and a producer would only pay for it if they believed they'd make even more money back. So…

Underdogs 2 has now hit 100%!

Sunday, 25 August 2019

As you just read from the title, it’s good news in the Underdogs world: the neurodiverse war novel will now be a neurodiverse war series!

Late on Saturday night, I refreshed the page and found this lovely sight…

I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to all 352 of those people, and to all who have pre-ordered Underdogs 2 since. The production process is about to begin, and I can barely…

Links to bonus content (oh, and Underdogs 2 is nearly there...)

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Hi everyone, just a quick one this time.

For those who haven't yet read the exclusive bonus content as a thank you for pre-ordering Underdogs: Tooth and Nail (otherwise known as Underdogs 2), here are the links to where you can find them- just click on the titles and you'll be straight there.

Ewan West Goes To Oakenfold - the story of Ewan's first day at his last chance saloon, following his…

Underdogs 2- now with *exclusive* bonus content (and a discount)!

Monday, 5 August 2019

Hi everyone- a few updates about the next part in the Underdogs series. I'll keep it as brief as possible.

1) The 90-day crowdfunding period for Underdogs: Tooth and Nail (otherwise known as Underdogs 2) ends on Saturday. At time of writing, it's knocking on the door of 80%, and might actually make it on time! (Here's the link, by the way.)

2) With that said- Unbound have kindly reassured me…

Underdogs 2 available at a discount until Sunday night!

Friday, 26 July 2019

Hi everyone,

Right out of nowhere, Underdogs: Tooth and Nail is suddenly roaring towards publication! 70% of the way there and with 14 days left (at time of writing) before the deadline for 100%, things are now looking up.

Obviously though, I'm not taking anything for granted. For those who have already pre-ordered (whether they've finished the first book or not!), thanks so much for putting…

The four best ways to support the Underdogs series

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Hi everyone,

To those who have already read Underdogs, I hope you loved it - and for those who are still reading or yet to read it, I hope you'll enjoy the journey! With the novel selling brilliantly (but the sequel's own campaign progressing very slowly), I thought I'd answer a frequently asked question. People ask me this a surprising amount:

What is the best thing I can do to support a…

Just a quick reminder of "Underdogs 2"'s situation...

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Hi everyone, hope all's well,

I'll keep it short and not waste your time: with less than a month and a half to go, Underdogs 2 (known as "Underdogs: Tooth and Nail") could do with some extra support. The general attitude on Underdogs' Facebook page (here if you're interested) is that people just can't wait for the sequel- the main factor preventing people from pre-ordering is the fact that they…

Underdogs 2 needs your help!

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Hi everyone,

First things first, I hope all of you have enjoyed (or will enjoy) the finished version of Underdogs! Those who follow Underdogs' Facebook page will have seen my reaction to seeing the actual books in all their printed real-life glory, and watching the reviews come in on Amazon and Goodreads has been humbling. Thanks once again for supporting Underdogs - I'd like to hope it's made…

Underdogs 2 is now available for pre-order!

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Hi everyone,

To those who have received their copies of Underdogs in the post already (or have been reading the digital version), I hope you're loving it! It's certainly been an emotional couple of weeks for me, holding my first novel in my hands for the first time. So thank you, once again, to everyone who made this awesomeness happen. It has truly been a wonderful experience, and I hope the book…

Four (yes, FOUR) important updates!

Friday, 22 March 2019

Hi everyone - I can barely express how hectic, important, and downright awesome this week has been for Underdogs. It has involved:

  1. A release date being announced;
  2. A finalised cover being made public;
  3. The end date for the reward stage being announced;
  4. And one especially amazing bit of news that I’ll save until last.

Oh, and it also involved the book passing 600 pre-ordered copies and…

Want to keep up to date with the Underdogs universe?

Monday, 18 February 2019

Hi everyone,

Wow, things are progressing rapidly with Underdogs! The publication date is now accurately estimated to be in May, the cover art is being designed (the prototypes I've seen so far have been incredible), the novel itself is going through the final proofing stage, and a whopping 465 people have pre-ordered 554 copies between them. If you're one of those people, thanks so much! (Given…

Guerrillas is dead. Long live Underdogs!

Friday, 1 February 2019

Hi everyone,

Two big bits of news to report in this update:

1) Guerrillas has now been renamed, and will be published as Underdogs! The decision was a joint one between Unbound and myself, and it's certainly a positive one in my opinion. (Which is no light thing to say, given that I'd been calling it Guerrillas for nine years! There are more details in the Facebook community post here. In short…

A few important updates!

Friday, 4 January 2019

Hi everyone, happy new year and I hope 2019 has got off to a decent start for all of you. It's been a while since my last Guerrillas update, so here's what's in the news.


1. Turns out the reward stage isn't over!

A month ago, I erroneously thought that the rewards phase ended 90 days after the project's launch - which would have been December 12th. On further investigation, the 90 day…

The end draws near...

Sunday, 2 December 2018

...well, the end of the reward phase draws near at least!

I am humbled and amazed that Guerrillas is now 134% funded (at time of writing), with 12 days left of the original pre-order phase. Your support guarantees that the published version will be of the highest possible quality. Thank you all so much!

A fun fact, actually- I learned recently that the average book sells 250-300 copies in its…

Well, this is incredible!

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Dear all,

At the start of this journey, I was advised that Unbound projects are most likely to succeed when they reach 30% in the opening 30 days.

On Day 35, Guerrillas hit 100%.

First things first, I'd like to give an enormous thank you to everyone who put Guerrillas in such a strong position, and guaranteed that the world WILL get a neurodiverse war novel with teenage heroes from a special…

Day Ten - and 50% reached!

Monday, 24 September 2018

Massive, massive thanks to everyone who has pre-ordered Guerrillas already: ten days in out of ninety and we're already halfway there! We're surprisingly close to having a published novel where the cast of heroes is comprised almost entirely of teenagers with special needs. Who'd have thought it?

For those curious about learning even more about Guerrillas, my Facebook page for the book (and Autistic…

Publication date: May 2019
207% funded
603 backers