A new business that pledges to give wannabe authors a fairer deal has enjoyed a bumper first four months and even attracted the attention of national treasure Stephen Fry.
Berkhamsted-based Britain’s Next Bestseller, founded by Murielle Maupoint, of Little Gaddesden, works by allowing authors to submit manuscripts. They are then given a target for the number of pre-orders they need to achieve to seal the deal for the book to be printed.
Company spokesman Clare Sidebottom said: “We want to give authors a new, fairer way to get published without relying on literary agents, traditional publishers or self-publishing houses.
“We want to give them a faster way to see their dream go from manuscript to printed book.”
The first success story for the web business was mother-of-two Polly Walker, from Northchurch, for her children’s picture book - Work, Slug, Maggot and Leech. And Their Troublesome Transformation.
Her book is currently on press and available to pre-order through Amazon.
Ryan Mark, author of Tremor a dystopian and post-apocalyptic novel, smashed his pre-order target in just eight days.
Keen tweeter Stephen Fry took to the social networking site to encourage people to support Matthew Clifton in his bid to get Teenage Depression Versus Me published via Britain’s Next Bestseller. Unfortunately Matthew did not manage to hit his pre-order target.
Clare said: “We know how tough it can be for new writers to get their first big break.
“Some of the world’s best loved books nearly didn’t make it to our shelves. JK Rowling was advised by an editor to get a day job since she had little chance of making money in children’s books.
“Dan Brown was rejected by publishers because his book was so badly written and the authors of the 125 plus million bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul received over 140 rejections because anthologies don’t sell.
“Recent Bailey Prize winner McBride took nine years to get published as her novel was considered too experimental.”
So far 10 authors have been awarded publishing deals, with many more on track to reach their targets.
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