Level up publishing

Level Up will launch in 2019, being one of the first dedicated imprints to embrace a genre which, until now, has largely been consigned to Amazon-only sales. It is our belief that LitRPG / GameLit can go global: from the preserve of a relatively small community of dedicated fans into a much broader, mainstream current of readers around the world.

A venture by Ockham Publishing Group, books published by Level Up will start life with all the advantages of professional publishing - the editing development, distribution, publicity and retail sales - as well as the genre's usual access to online outlets.

At the moment we are accepting submissions ahead of our launch. These can be made via our submissions section.

As we launch, this site will come alive with information on our current projects.


commissioning editor

Level Up is headed by Conor Kostick, who will make all final decisions with regards to the imprint's output and mentor authors through and beyond the process. 

An ambitious imprint like Level Up requires the guidance of someone with a high-level of unique skills: knowledge and experience of writing professionally for the genre, active involvement in the LitRPG community, academic experience of training writers, formal experience of judging literature and a proven ability of mentoring authors.

Conor was appointed to this role in June 2018, and is almost uniquely qualified. Having started his career in the early 90s, editing for the company who produces Private Eye, his foray into what would evolve to become LitRPG writing began in 2004 - long before the genre was defined - with the release of his first book, Epic. Following which he has been actively involved in the LitRPG / GameLit community.

He has lectured at UCD Dublin, tutored budding authors with the Irish Writers Centre, judged literary prizes such as the EU Prize for Literature and is a ministerial appointee to the Board of the National Library of Ireland.

Conor will work with all incoming authors during the first few years of the imprint, passing on his skills and expertise, and ensuring Level Up's authors are given the best possible chance of mainstream literary success.