Writers of the Future Winner William Ledbetter of Prosper, Texas Well on His Way to Successful Publishing Career

Prosper is perhaps hometown of the next Dan Brown or Stephen King.

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William Ledbetter

What’s amazing to me is that a good 60 to 70% of winners go on to successful careers. You could call it ‘The American Idol’ for writers—long before there ever was such a show.

Prosper, Texas (PRWEB) September 23, 2013

William Ledbetter of Prosper, a winner in last year’s Writers of the Future Contest and published in L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 28, has taken a significant step in the attainment of his career as a professional writer. After seeing his winning story, "The Rings of Mars" published in the annual anthology—and so beating out several thousand other contestants— Ledbetter is now finding that editors and publishers have become interested in what he is writing.

It was at the Hubbard Achievement Awards ceremony at the famed Wilshire Ebell Theatre last year where Ledbetter was introduced to the over 1,200 guests on hand to celebrate this milestone achievement, several of whom were editors themselves looking for new talent. And so being newly discovered, Ledbetter has now sold this third story since winning the contest, to Baen Books. It is a revision of the story that he wrote in 24 hours in the contest workshop, "Stealing Arturo." The story will be featured on the Baen website in the spring of next year.

Throughout the contests’ 29-year history, over 650 writers and illustrators have been recognized as winners. “What’s amazing to me is that a good 60-70% of winners go on to successful careers,” says New York Times’ best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson (Dune prequels, Seven Suns series). “You could call it ‘The American Idol’ for writers—long before there ever was such a show.”

The Writers of the Future writing contest was initiated by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983 to provide a means for aspiring writers to get that much-needed break. Due to the success of the Writing Contest, the companion Illustrators of the Future Contest was created in 1988.

The intensive mentoring process has proven very successful. Past winners of the Writing Contest have published over 750 novels, 3,500 short stories, and winners of the Illustrating Contest have had their art published in more than 500 books and magazines, with 4,500 illustrations, 350 comics and over 1.3 million art prints.

For more information, contact Joni Labaqui at jonil(at)authorservicesinc(dot)com or go to http://www.writersofthefuture.com or http://www.facebook.com/WritersAndIllustratorsOfTheFuture.

To see the awards ceremony online, go to http://www.writersofthefuture.com.