Instilling the love of reading
As he opens the front door of his house, it’s apparent that Troy Kent Guindon is quite a cultured man. Harboring a smile, he makes his way towards a big and sturdy wooden table, his two books neatly set upon it.
The Long Sault citizen has reasons to celebrate. His first book, titled The Reading Promise, has garnered much praise, having been bestowed with five prestigious awards. “I just opened my emails and there it was, a message saying congratulations,” said an excited Guindon.
His initial book recently won a USA Best Book Award. He can now place the prestigious USA Best Book Award seal on the book, along with those from four other awards: a 2015 National Indie Excellence Award, a 2015 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, a 2015 Mom’s Choice Gold and a 2015 BookChoice4U Award. Like a whirlwind, four of the awards have come in the last three weeks.
“I never thought this would happen,” he confided. “It nearly didn’t even happen.”
Guindon had quite a hard time finding a publisher in the area. So much so, that he now deals with a publishing house in Virginia.
“I got so many rejection letters before I got my manuscript accepted,” he added, taking a hold of his glasses. Although his books have been quite popular in the United States and in England, he admits that he’s having quite a hard time piercing the Canadian market.