Blog / Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Winner, Karen Osman, signs 3-book deal with Head of Zeus.

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Winner, Karen Osman, signs 3-book deal with Head of Zeus.

May 2017, Dubai UAE

Dubai-based writer and entrepreneur, Karen Osman has signed a 3-book deal with UK publishing house Head of Zeus. The deal comes after Karen won the prestigious Montegrappa Writing Prize at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2016.

The winning entry, currently titled The Good Mother, is the first book and will be out in November 2017. The fictional work is a thriller, set in the North of England about a mother who writes to a convicted murderer in prison as part of a volunteer programme. It’s not long before she is involved in a complex relationship with the inmate, which sees her descend into a world of plotting, deception and revenge.

The second book, due out in 2018, is already in progress.

“I am beyond excited to secure a contract with a renowned publisher such as Head of Zeus. A three-book deal is a significant commitment and I’m looking forward to working with the team. I have always made a career out of writing, but more on the corporate side, so to have the opportunity to write novels is a dream come true.”

Sarah Ritherdon at Head of Zeus says:

“The moment I began reading The Good Mother I was totally hooked.  Karen Osman has written a fantastically tense novel, with twists and turns galore, and a shock at the end even the keenest of thriller readers won’t see coming. We are delighted that Karen has agreed to join the team, and can’t wait to see what devious and cunning twists she comes up with in the future.”

In her new authorship role, Karen has also been invited to take part in next year’s Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, renowned for its impressive line up of authors. Notably, the festival marks its 10-year anniversary in 2018.

38 year-old Osman runs her own business Travel Ink which she founded in 2011 offering specialised writing and communication services for the travel, tourism, and hospitality sector. She is also the Travel and Tourism Chairperson for the British Business Group and Vice President of the Kaizen chapter for Business Network International.

Notes to Editor:

Award-winning author, entrepreneur, and luxury travel journalist and editor, Karen has lived the expat life for almost twenty years across Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Originally from the United Kingdom, Karen has built an impressive enterprise combining her two passions: luxury travel and the English language.

In addition to being an award-winning author, Karen founded niche communications company Travel Ink in 2011, providing content writing and strategy, public relations, social media, training, and translation services to hotels, airlines, and tourism establishments.

Karen uses her commercial experience in luxury hospitality, combined with her academic qualifications, which include a BA in Linguistics and English Language from the University of Durham and a Teaching (TEFL) Certificate from the University of Cambridge.

In her role as Managing Director, Karen oversees a team of writers, editors, and PR and social media consultants to deliver quality content for exceptional results.

As a testament to its success, Travel Ink was shortlisted as a finalist for the SME Advisor Stars of Business Awards in two categories (Hospitality & Tourism and Communications) just one year after the company’s inception.

Karen has been recognised for her achievements in the areas of entrepreneurship, luxury travel, and the written word and has featured in various regional and international publications including Hello!, Stylist, Forbes, The National, Ahlan!, and Gulf News to name a few. She has also been included in 2017’s edition of Ahlan’s Hot 100 People, an accolade recognising the pioneers and game-changers shaping the UAE’s social and cultural landscape.

She holds a number of note-worthy positions including Travel and Tourism Chair Person for the British Business Groupwriter and moderator for Arabian Travel Market, and Vice-President of the Kaizen chapter of Business Network International.

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Karen Osman
Karen Osman
Originally from England, Karen has lived the ex-pat life for the last 15 years across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. After completing a B.A. in Linguistics and English Language at the University of Durham, a two year period teaching in Tokyo was the start of a career that combined her two great loves; travel and the English language. Moving to Dubai in 2004, Karen engaged in a sales, marketing and public relations role for a luxury hospitality company. It was a great opportunity to develop communication for luxury brands, gaining experience in writing and adapting copy for both off-line and on-line channels. After identifying a gap in the market for specialised writing services for the travel, tourism and hospitality sector, Karen set up Travel Ink in 2011, steadily building the business to include some of the most high-profile hotels, airlines and tourism establishments in the region. In addition to her role as Managing Director, Karen is also the Travel and Tourism Chair Person for the British Business Group and a committee member of Business Network International.

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