Dog Charity Volunteer Wins Publishing Contract

Dog Charity Volunteer Richard Attree Wins Publishing Contract

Richard Attree from El Médano, in Spain has won a publishing contract and audiobook production from Spectrum Audiobooks in the Page Turner Awards eBook Award for his Cozy Mystery novel, Somebody's Doodle.

Richard entered the Page Turner Awards, where published and unpublished fiction and non-fiction writers of all genres can enter their writing to get discovered by high-profile judges from the literary world.

Somebody's Doodle is about a couple of mismatched petty criminals find they’ve bitten off more than they can chew when they dognap the canine co-stars of a blockbuster movie, are tracked through cyberspace by a quirky, big-hearted female pet detective, and discover what we can all learn from Man’s Best Friend.

Writing a novel is usually a solitary pursuit, but husband-and-wife team Richard and Nikki Attree found that two minds can often be better than one.

Since moving to Tenerife, in 2007, Nikki has been helping the local dog charities with their fundraising and this lead to the couple writing a column for a local English language paper (Island Connections). It was written from the perspective of their rescue dog (‘Life according to Gizmo’) and they were the ghostwriters. It was their first attempt at writing together and it went well and didn’t end in divorce.

Richard said, “Writing contests like the Page Turner Awards encourage, motivate, and inspire us writers to ‘Keep Scribbling.’ This fantastic publishing and audiobook offer for ‘Somebody's Doodle’ will help spread the book's message: ‘A Dog is for Life!’

The Page Turner Awards, sponsored by ProWritingAid, writers and authors the chance to enter unpublished or published fiction and non-fiction books, where a group of literary agents and publishers will read the work.

Kelly Rinne from Spectrum Audiobooks judged the eBook Award and was immediately captured by the narrative in An Somebody's Doodle and offered Richard a publishing contract and an audiobook production.

Judges are carefully selected literary agents and publishers who are looking for writers to represent and publish, plus influencers in the publishing industry.

Founder of Page Turner Awards and award-winning novelist, Paula Wynne said: “There are writers from all walks of life, from manual labourers to academics. All with stories to tell, most of them heart-warming and moving. We’re proud that our Awards celebrates excellent writing and helps writers and authors to get their stories discovered.”

Success stories from this year’s awards include three writers winning literary representation, six writers winning a writing mentorship, five writers winning a publishing contract and thirteen independent authors winning an audiobook production.

Find out more about The Page Turner Awards: Submissions for 2021 will open on the 1st of January 2021.