Story Merchant is proud to announce the 2021 Independent Press Awards acknowledges nine of our authors, both those represented by Story Merchant or published through our imprint, Story Merchant Books.
Congratulations to the following Story Merchant authors for these awards:
444 Days: Memoirs of a Hostage Wife by Marge German; Winner in the MEMOIR category
The Bronx Stagger by Daniel P. Moskowitz; Winner in the CROSS-GENRE category
The Danger Game by Daniel Bull Distinguished Favorite in the ACTION/ADVENTURE category
The Gift from Fortuny by Terry Stanfill Distinguished Favorite in the WOMEN’S FICTION category
Grizzly Justice by April Christofferson Distinguished Favorite in the WESTERN FICTION category
Inside the Lie by Gary Wenkle Smith Distinguished Favorite in the CRIME FICTION category
Irrational Fears by Lee Lindauer; Distinguished Favorite in the THRILLER category
Japanese In-Law: Words and Phrases for Day-to-Day Living by Kenneth Atchity and Keisaku Mitsumatsu; Distinguished Favorite in the REFERENCE category
A Potter’s Tale by Dave Davis Writing Distinguished Favorite in the SCIENCE FICTION category
Luck of the Irish Leads to Hollywood Deal
AN AUTHOR from Weston-super-Mare has published her third novel after pitching to Emmy-nominated Hollywood producer, Ken Atchity.
Vicki FitzGerald, a former regional journalist, and PR company director followed her dreams to become a published author in 2017, with her debut crime thriller, Briguella.
Two years later, the mum-of-two flew to the Dublin Writers Conference to pitch her second draft manuscript, Kill List, for a novel adaption into a movie or TV series.
Vicki was selected from 50 people for the final ten to pitch again to Ken and Binnur Karaevli, writer and producer.
Ken, who has produced more than 30 Hollywood movies, including sci-fi shark blockbuster, The Meg, loved the concept and published Kill List via Story Merchant Books.
Vicki said: “When the conference organizer approached me and said my name was the only one given to him by Ken for a film treatment, I was stunned.
“I prepared the plot breakdown and several months later, while recuperating in hospital from multiple leg fractures, my dreams come true. Ken offered to publish Kill List.
“Good things come to those who wait and are brave enough to chase their dreams.”
Kill List has already attracted five-star reviews since publication on March 24, 2021. The pair are finalizing the film treatment to pitch to Hollywood agents.
Ken said: “Kill List is an extremely high concept idea, and those do not come around often. I believe it has the potential to make a fantastic series adaption, possibly spanning several seasons.”
Kill List, Briguella, and Vicki’s memoir, Still Standing, are all set in Weston and feature landmarks and locations across North Somerset.
About Vicki FitzGerald
After a decade as a journalist, Vicki founded the South West public relations firm, Paramount PR, which focused on tourism and the hospitality industries before committing to writing full-time. She has now published three novels and is working on the forth.
Ken Atchity’s “Sell Your Story to Hollywood” Now in Spanish!
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Through the expanding influence of the Internet and the corporatization of both publishing and entertainment, the process of getting your book to the big screen has gotten more complicated, more eccentric, and more exciting.
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