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
Production Quality and Cover Design: 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