Elsewhen Press has announced that Sanem Ozdural, a New York attorney, has signed a publishing deal with them for her first novel.
The novel is set in a near-future where a secretive organisation has developed technology to transfer the regenerative power of a bodyâ€™s cells from one person to another, conferring extended or even indefinite life expectancy.Â As a means of controlling who benefits from the technology, access is obtained by winning a tournament of chess or bridge to which only a select few are invited.Â At its core, the game is a test of a personâ€™s integrity, ability and resilience.Â The fantastic nature of the gameâ€™s technology is made all the more credible by the familiarity of the contemporary setting, giving the story a definite slipstream feel.
Elsewhen Press adopts a digital-first policy, initially publishing new titles in ebook format and subsequently in print editions, the reverse of most long-established publishing houses. â€œThis approach allows us to be more innovative and exciting,â€ explained Al Murray, Managing Publisher of Elsewhen Press, â€œand to publish titles that would otherwise be beyond the resources of a small independent publisherâ€.
Sanem Ozduralâ€™s debut novel will be published in a digital edition in summer 2012 and in a print edition in the autumn.