The writer David Leadbeater with his self-published archaeological thriller, The Relic Hunters wins the debut Amazon Kindle Storyteller award.
Leadbeater pronounced it “a dream come true” to win the £20,000 worth award, which is open to writers who produce their books using the online retailer’s Kindle Direct Publishing platform.
According to David, The Relic Hunters is “like a Hollywood blockbuster movie on paper”. It narrates the story of relic smuggler Guy Bodie, rescued by the CIA from a Mexican prison.
Amazon said it received thousands of entries for the award, which were then whittled down to a shortlist of six using a mixture of sales data, user ratings and customer reviews.
The shopping site then employed a more traditional approach, with a panel of judges including the actor Lily Cole, authors Rachel Abbott and Orna Ross and members of the Amazon books team eventually choosing Leadbeater’s entry.
“The first book I published on the Kindle took about six months to start to sell in good numbers. I was still working at a builders’ merchant’s at the time, and I wrote my first four books of an evening,” Says Leadbeater