More than 1,200 authors from 37 countries participated using Kindle Direct Publishing
La Hija del Dragón, by Myriam Millán, from Sevilla, Spain, will have the opportunity to be published globally in print by La Esfera de los Libros, in audio by Audible and translated into English and published globally by AmazonCrossing in digital, print and audio formats
SEATTLE, 2015-10-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon today announced that Myriam Millán, with her title La Hija del Dragón—a fast-paced fictional thriller that captivates the reader with a treacherous plot involving an ancient cult’s search for eternal life that could be behind modern-day murders—has won the Second Indie Literary Contest for Spanish-language authors worldwide. From July 1, 2015 to August 31, 2015, more than 1,200 authors from 37 countries entered the contest by uploading their titles to Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) platform (https://kdp.amazon.com). The top countries participating were Spain, Mexico, Venezuela and the U.S. To be eligible for the contest, the stories had to be original, unpublished works in Spanish, and exclusive to Kindle through enrollment in KDP Select. After selecting five finalists, submissions were carefully reviewed by a panel of judges to determine the winning title.
La Hija del Dragón combines the legend of Erzsébet Báthory, a 17th century Hungarian noble known as “The Blood Countess” alleged to have tortured and killed hundreds of women, and a fictional modern-day investigation into brutal crimes in England. It is the result of four years of research and work by author Myriam Millán, who based her title on complex documentation to create this stunning thriller.
“When I found out that I had won, I remembered the moments when I seemed incapable of writing this book, just as it seemed unthinkable that I would finish it and win the contest,” said Millán. “With La Hija del Dragón, I’ve learned that you should never stop fighting for what you want, because there are times when dreams, as impossible as they may seem, come true.”
“We’ve been thrilled to see how many Spanish-language authors from around the world submitted their books for consideration, and we’re honored to have the opportunity to introduce even more readers to Myriam Millán by publishing La Hija del Dragón in print and translating her work into English,” said Charles Kronbach, Director, Kindle Direct Publishing.
Ambassador for the contest and best-selling author Ismael Cala said, “We now have a winner, four finalists and over a thousand authors that have decided to march and conquer their dreams. I congratulate them all, because they have shown what they want. This contest promoted by Amazon has shone a light on the big literary talent of the Spanish-speaking world and its unlimited possibilities.”
La Hija del Dragón will have the opportunity to be published in print by La Esfera de los Libros, in audio by Audible and translated into English and published in digital, print and audio formats by AmazonCrossing, the Amazon Publishing imprint for world literature in translation. Complete information on the contest, participating titles and terms and conditions can be found at: www.amazon.com/concursoindie.
“Literary creativity is an indispensable part of our cultural heritage,” said Ymelda Navajo, Director at La Esfera de Los Libros. “Thanks to initiatives like this we discover new talent that, from now on, we will help reach thousands of readers worldwide.”
KDP is a free and seamless way for writers and publishers to make their eBooks available to Kindle readers around the world and each week on average, about 45 titles of the top 100 Spanish-language eBooks sold globally on Amazon are published via KDP. All novels entered in the contest are available in full in the Kindle Store and can be read on the Kindle and Fire family of devices, on the free Kindle reading app for iOS, Android and more, or on any web browser compatible with Kindle Cloud Reader.
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About Ismael Cala
A celebrated figure in the Latin community, Ismael Cala is a journalist, author and motivational speaker who is the face of one of the top-rated shows in Latin programming. CALA on CNN en Español is an intimate program in which Cala invites domestic and international viewers to be part of his conversations with politicians, authors, philosophers, artists, celebrities, and other notable international figures. He is the author of the best-selling titles El poder de escuchar and Un buen hijo de P. For more information, visit http://ismaelcala.com.
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