Dec. 22: The following exerpts are from an interview with Giovanni Ruiz and posted on Xlibris Website this past week.
Xlibris published authors Ed and Janet Howle recently accomplished what many independent authors can only dream of – the distinction of releasing one of the Best Indie Books of 2011, adjudged by leading American book reviewer, Kirkus.
The debut novel (The Long Road to Paris) was inspired by the idea of an around-the-world (car) rally scheduled for 2008, the centennial year of the 1908 Great Race, in which the couple was to compete. Unfortunately, China had to cancel their travel permits due to conflicts with the Tibetan population.
“Our plan was to write a travel memoir of our experience. When it was cancelled, we decided to use the time until a similar event was organised to write a reality-based novel set in a similar world race. We had never written fiction, and we viewed this as another new adventure.”Janet Howle further adds, “relating our real life adventure to the novel has made interesting presentations for promotion.”
The Howle’s book has received positive remarks from readers and critics alike. All reviews on Amazon and Barnes & Noble have received 5 stars. The real confirmation of their book came from Kirkus, however, as they have a reputation of being very difficult to impress.
In the process of writing, publishing and marketing their book with Xlibris, the Howles share this insight to place an independent writer’s expectations in the right perspective. “The publishing field is changing but there is still a lot of prejudice against Indie publishing, particularly by book stores. Most of them will only take an Indie book on consignment and even the, you have to convince them you have something special.”
To read the entire article you can go to http://www2.xlibris.com/author_spotlight.html
We have also been told that The Long Road to Paris will also appear as a Critics Choice on Xlibris website withe the next update.
OK, enough bragging. Enjoy your holidays in whatever ways you do,
Jan and Ed