Award Winner-The Long Road to Paris

Nov. 17:  The Long Road To Paris received honorable mention in the Writer’s Digest self-published book contest. We don’t know how many thousands of book were reviewed and judged, that information will be available when this contest is officially published in their magazine in March, 2013.  However, yesterday we received judge 79’s evaluation. 5 categories were evaluated with a scale of 1-5. This was accompanied by an extensive written commentary. Here it is and we couldn’t be happier. Hard to imagine a stronger evaluation for the winner. Now, our question is, how to use this to promote this book?

Structure and Organization: 5

Grammar: 5

Production Quality and Cover Design: 5

Plot: 5

Character Development: 5

What did you like best about this  book? The Long Road to Paris, inspired by actual events, offers intrigue, a highly original plot, fascinating characters, history, technology, travel, romance, espionage, emotion, and everything an adventure-lover could want. The authors  knew their subject well and along with extensive research and travel, they brought the story to life. The characters became real to me and Ed’s love for his little daughter Lizzy, is an enduring theme. It is a long book but the story holds many twists and turns and surprises that kept me turning  the pages, hungry to know more. The pacing is perfect and all of the mechanics of writing and story-telling are perfect. Excellent reading.

How can the author improve this book? The Long Road to Paris shows little need for improvement. The first around the world car race is periodically covered by a column that reports what is going on, but this doesn’t break the momentum and seems appropriate. The closing sentence in the book left me wondering. Was Lizzy’s mother merely about to tell her goodbye? Or did she want to grab the child and take her along? Maybe it’s meant to stir up doubt about this strange woman’s unexpected action and intended to arouses curiosity with a final touch of intrigue. Is that line a good idea? I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it.

Well, that’s it. Any suggestions about promotion are welcomed.

Jan and Ed


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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3 Responses to Award Winner-The Long Road to Paris

  1. TBC says:

    Fabulous! Now, post it on facebook, Tweet it. Have it added to your website. Make sure your publisher knows about it. And the agents to whom you have been talking. All on your e-mail list need to get this, along with the suggestion that it would make a great present for the upcoming holidays.

    Need I say more?

  2. Congratulations! I thought the book was incredibly well done too.

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