Self published author David Leadbeater is thrilled to have won the £20,000 inaugural Amazon Kindle Storyteller Award for his novel The Relic Hunters, an archaeological thriller.
Leadbeater has been publishing his own work online for about five years, having published more than twenty thrillers to take. Now writing full time, Leadbeater estimates he has sold more than 750,000 ebooks and is thrilled to be the first winner of the Amazon award, describing it as ‘a dream come true’.
The new Amazon Storyteller Award received thousands of entries, and those were then whittled down to a shortlist of six using sales data, user ratings and customer reviews. The retailer then switched to a more traditional report, using a panel of judges to eventually settle on the winner.
The prize opens up traditionally self published authors to the view of established publishing houses, making the £20,000 prize much more valuable than you’d expect. A lot of the snobbery surrounding ebooks and self publishing is falling away and many self published authors with a good track record, are now finding deals with publishing houses for print books.
As well as the $20,000 cash prize, the winner of the Amazon Storyteller Award also receives a dedicated marketing campaign, the chance to have the winning book translated for other languages and receives access to mentoring.
This is the first year for this new award, but it’s likely to attract attention from both readers and publishing houses as Amazon’s voice becomes all the more respected in the literary world.
The prize will honour one work of fiction, or nonfiction that has been translated into English in the US, and begins at the 69th National Book Awards this November. Read More
Author and screenwriter Bridget Lawless created the Staunch book prize which will open to entries on February 22nd until April 15th 2018. Her wish is to change the overused trope of using violence against women as a plot device. The prize will be given to the best thriller novel in which no woman is raped, murdered, or beaten. Asking for something refreshing in the world of thriller fiction, her website states:
“As violence against women in fiction reaches a ridiculous high, the Staunch Book Prize invites thriller writers to keep us on the edge of our seats without resorting to the same old clichés – particularly female characters who are sexually assaulted (however ‘necessary to the plot’), or done away with (however ingeniously).”
The winner will be announced on the 25th of November to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.