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Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan are launching a national competition to find a new bestselling author alongside their Autumn Book Club according to an announcement on August 29.
The Search for a Bestseller competition will be looking for first time authors to submit the first 10,000 to 12,000 words of a novel, of any genre, aimed at adults as the idea to generate something brand new.
They have askied the entrants to submit their novel via their Book Club website by January 1 2014, along with a synopsis of the rest of the book.
The duo will lead the selection process, along with editors at the book's future publisher Quercus, plus experts from literary agency Furniss Lawton. The winning writer will receive a publishing deal worth £50,000 from Quercus for the rights to sell their novel around the world
Quercus is thrilled to be working with Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan, Britain's best loved book advocates, to discover a new author and launch their writing career. We know there is a wealth of undiscovered talent out there and we are excited to start the search today," Mark Smith, Chief Executive, Quercus Publishing Plc, remarked.
The Autumn Book Club, exclusive to W H Smith, launches simultaneously and includes a list of eight brilliant recommendations, which are available now from W H Smith stores across the country and online from whsmith.co.uk.
"The Book Club launches with The Shining Girls, a book that has been called the next Gone Girl. It's no wonder that Richard and Judy loved this. It's a brilliant and original high concept thriller that will have everyone talking about it." Jackie Wing, W H Smith’s Business Unit Director for Books, added.
“If there's one thing we've discovered in picking winning titles for the Richard and Judy Book Club, it's just how many talented new writers are out there. Since forming the Book Club, we are proud to have helped launch the careers of a growing list of exceptionally gifted debut authors. This time however, we're going a step further – and it's a big step, but we simply cannot wait to get started," Richard Madeley observed.
"Few things beat finding a new author's work to read and recommend to other people. We've experienced the excitement of being there at the beginning of a word of mouth bestseller with so many of our debut novelists but we are so excited to be getting involved at the very first step this time and to help make an aspiring writer's dream come true,” Judy Finnigan elaborated