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Now a Kingston University Creative Writing MA graduate has been snapped up in a six-figure deal by one of the world’s biggest publishers after her self-published books topped the Kindle download rankings.

42 year old Louise Voss originally had her book Catch Your Death, which she co-wrote with Mark Edwards, rejected by literary agents.

 She then decided to make it available for purchase on Kindle devices and apps using an Amazon service which allows writers to turn their manuscripts into digital books.

After several days in the top 100, Louise’s work then took the number one UK download position last month where it stayed for four weeks, selling more than 50,000 copies.

Another of the eBooks Louise co-wrote with Mark, Killing Cupid, also made the number two spot of the chart in June and remains in the top five.

Off the back of their runaway online success, she and Mark have been signed up by HarperFiction in a six-figure four book deal.