“Most Popular”

Nov. 9: This post is about The Long Road to Paris, so if you thought you’d read about a beauty, teen-age, or winner of whatever contest, you can stop reading now. If, however, you want to read (even) more about The Long Road to Paris, read on!

Let me tell you this. If you want to decide which book-new or old- to buy, or download to your e-reader, I recommend subscribing to Kirkus weekly e-newsletter. You can quickly read their independent review before you spend any money. They’ve been in the business of reviewing books since 1933 and their tag line is “World’s toughest book critic.” Had we known this before we sent them our novel to review, we probably never would have done it. But we were naive and had been told by many that we needed a professional review for credibility.

Now don’t get me wrong, we think the book is good and the feedback from readers has confirmed that, just read the reviews on Amazon, but hey, this is just an Indie published book and hadn’t been through the ringer of professional, independent reviewers. That is until Kirkus.

Now here’s the thing. There is no right or wrong in reviewing books. This is an art, not a science. Ok, some things are wrong. Bad writing, poorly thought out plots or, shallow one-dimensional characters that you can’t invest in. But lots of good books get poor reviews. Lots of popular books get poor reviews. Take for example Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter. Kirkus didn’t particularly like it, but it’s WAY at the top of best-selling books. So whose to say.

What I can say, is a good review from Kirkus certainly can’t hurt. We have a great review from Kirkus and this week we learned it is on the “Most popular” carousal for the week. To get this, means we got more visitors than any other book in our category (thriller)! Now that’s exciting. We’re right next to Stephen King’s new book. (He’s not competition, his book is the “most popular” in the sci. fi. category. But we can rub elbows, right?

Here, you can check it out! http://us2.forward-to-friend.com/forward/show?u=c3b4eae2a6dee6fd3d1204b56&id=26f689e61d

If I’ve done this right, you can just click this url and see for yourself. Are we excited? You could say so. It’s all part of being new at this. And, by the way, it seems the printer goofed up on the print version of Kirkus Reviews that gets sent out to industry people, like libraries, publishers, bookstores, etc. and because of that, the ad for our book will run a second time!

OK, that’s enough of my enthusiasm. Hope you enjoyed sharing it.

Jan (Ed’s in Florida on our sailboat. Getting it ready for the Bahamas trip. Need to do some more “research” for Night Watch. Just wish the IRS would believe that!)

About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Spring of 2016 we travelled 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies and in the fall participated in our most exhausting rally through Argentina, Chili and Peru- the Rally of the Incas. We were awarded the Against All Odds award. We're still not sure if this was for us or our car. Stewball never broke down and we hardly did. We will soon take on Iceland as a self-drive tour and in the fall of 2017 we will participate in the Odyssey Italia and then back to Africa for a do-over (almost) of the Africa Safari Challenge.
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2 Responses to “Most Popular”

  1. TBC says:

    Bravo! Again! How nice to get a second ad. Take it any way you can get it!

    Keep it up!

    Take care,


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