New fiction competition hands first winner a publishing deal

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A revolutionary competition to uncover new writing talent has its first winner, as Robert Ford was this week given an Apostrophe Books e-publishing contract.

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Robert Ford, 32, wins Fiction Fast-Track

“It's an amazing thing to think as a first-time writer that my book that I've poured my soul into will have some kind of life outside of my laptop and my friends.

A revolutionarycompetition to uncover new writing talent has its first winner, as Robert Ford was this week given an Apostrophe Books e-publishing contract.
The 32-year-old Londoner, whose first book The King of Spain is being now being sold around the world, entered the Fiction Fast-Track talent search.
The public decides who wins the bi-monthly competition, with visitors to http://www.apostrophebooks.com able to read extracts from hopeful authors’ books, leave comments, and give the books star ratings, with the highest-rated published as a complete e-book.

Winners receive the full range of services afforded to Apostrophe Books authors, including book design, publicity and the generous 50/50 author-publisher split of income - not profits.

Apostrophe Books founder and bestselling author Martyn Forrester said: “The first part of our mission is to republish brilliant books that deserved new life, and this we're achieving, but the second part is to discover, incubate and showcase exciting new writers that conventional publishers no longer take risks on. Robert Ford's book is the first winning entry, and deservedly so, and already we're reading submissions for the August competition.”

The King of Spain, which is on sale now at a special reduced launch price, is a gripping story set in the future. It sees retirement home worker Sam arrive at the eerie Edge Hill, an institution where cosmetic technology means residents appear to be in their twenties despite long ago passing their century. Nothing too wrong with that, Sam supposes, until a geriatric stampede sets off a mind-blowing sequence of events that threatens to alter his life for ever.

Ford said: “It's an amazing thing to think as a first-time writer that my book that I've poured my soul into will have some kind of life outside of my laptop and my friends. It's almost a cliché that it's tough to become a writer, but it really is. It's just fantastic that Apostrophe have got behind the book and will continue to get behind new writing and new authors.”

Applications are now open for the next round of submissions for Fiction Fast-Track. For more information and to enter, visit http://www.apostrophebooks.com.

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For interviews, images and further information, contact Louise Downham, communications manager. louise(at)apostrophebooks.com, +44 (0)845 519 2304

Notes for editors

ApostropheBooks.com launched in February this year and is headquartered in London.

ApostropheBooks.com, which aims to deliver the first e-book winner of a major literary prize, has proved attractive to authors – and their agents – thanks to its generous 50/50 business model.

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