One of the most prestigious web pages for independent publishing “Indie Author Land” posted a short interview with the author of “The white prisoner: Galabin Boevski’s secret story” Ognian Georgiev. Chech it out here:
Just to remind you:
The print copy of the novel with B&W photos is available here:
The digital/e-book version of the book is available on Amazon.com
The popular books blog “The cult of me” presented “The white prisoner: Galabin Boevski’s secret story”. Check here the article
One of the best web sources for indie authors Awesomegang recently gave me a change to do interview with them. Check it here (http://awesomegang.com/ognian-georgiev/) or read below:
Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Hello, thanks for the chance to speak with you. I am a professional journalist, working as sports editor at “Bulgaria Today” daily newspaper. My first article was written in 2000. Since then the duties send me around the world to cover some of the most interesting sports events. I’ve got a chance to be at the last two Summer Olympics and to feel something very special there.
My first book “The white prisoner: Galabin Boevski’s secret story” was published in Bulgaria in December 2013. The English edition was released on Amazon as e-book and on CreateSpace as print on 30 May 2014.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
“The white prisoner: Galabin Boevski’s secret story” is a real life non fiction novel. The events in the book happened during the amazing life of the main character, who was Olympic, World and European weightlifting champion. He was considered as one of the best in the history of the sport, but in 2011 was sentenced for nice years in Brazil prison for cocaine traffic.
All of a sudden, one day in October 2013, Galabin Boevski landed in Sofia airport. Nobody knows how he was able to get out of the prison just two years after he was put in.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I love to write at the evening after the end of my work. When the silence started to rule around me I’ve got a chance to enter into my book’s world. As my novel is non fiction the research was connected with a lot of interviews. So first i need to script down the interviews and then to organize how the book will look.
I may write for hours, but when my eyes start to hurt I stop.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Karl May and Emilio Salgari were my favorites when I was a kid. Then I found the world of fantasy authors like Raymond Feist, George Martin, Guy Gavriel Kay. From the crime genre Michael Connelly is the person who makes me feel great pleasure when reading. I am big fan of history books, because of my University specialty – Archaeology.
What are you working on now?
I am trying to do the best possible marketing for my book. For now it gives nice results, but I am learning a lot every day. For every indie author it’s very important to find the right way to introduce his book the the readers and always to respect them.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I am spending a lot of my time updating the facebook page of the book (https://www.facebook.com/galabin.boevsky) with some nice stories and pictures. Recently I find as well twitter to be very nice way to show the audience your book. Goodreads is great place for finding some new friends and to receive any kind of help or advice as author or reader!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I am new author as well, so my impressions are quite fresh. The most important thing is to follow their own style and not to become slaves of well written guide “How to become best-selling author”. Yeah, you may receive some hints, considering the writing, editing and marketing, but it’s up to you to do the best possible to prepare the next big hit in literature.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
To consider myself publishing my book on English. The language is not my strong part. This was the reason that I used professional translator, English editor and a strong army of test readers.
What are you reading now?
Sergey Lukyanenko’s Night watch series. He is very good writer. I love the way he developed his ideas.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I started to make the research and pre-marketing of my next book. It will be a real life story for two of the most successful sportsmen in the world. Their careers changed in very interesting way after they clashed in Atlanta Olympics.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
For sure it will be books that I never read and they will be big ones. Probably the only one that I would take from those that were read will be Theodor Momsen’s Roman history. This is a peace of brilliance. It’s so reach, that you may build your very own world in such a desert island. Mika Waltari and his Sinuhe The Egyptian will also be in my list. Probably the other two will be the last John Grisham novel and the latest sports biography that is on the market.
Weightlifting guru among journalists Randall J Strossen made a very pleasant comment about “The white prisoner: Galabin Boevski’s secret story”. He is not only a Publisher of Milo magazine, but also is covering every big championships around the planet. Mr. Strossen was one of the test readers of the book. Here are his words about the novel:
“The White Prisoner provides a rare glimpse into the world of Bulgarian weightlifting—chronicling the development of Olympic gold medalist, world champion and world record holder Galabin Boevski, and how things went awry: first in weightlifting and then in Brazil. If you are a weightlifting fan, this is a must-read book, and if you want to be introduced to a gritty world and a universal sport you might never have known existed, you will also want to dive into The White Prisoner.”
Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. , Founder & President, IronMind Enterprises, Inc.
The photo was shared by Mr. Strossen on the official twitter of “The white prisoner: Galabin Boevski’s secret story”. It’s unique moment – Boevski and the president of Bulgarian weightlifting fededration Anton Kodjabashev just before some of his attempts in Sydney.
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The first reviews of “The white prisoner: Galabin Boevski’s secret story” are starting to come. Award-winning journalist, best-sellers writer and described as “Best source of information about the [Olympic] Games and the culture that surrounds them” in the book “Private Games” Alan Abrahamson gives his opinion about the edition. He was one of our test readers. Here is his article about “The white prisoner: Galabin Boevski:
Weightlifting, and the many turns of fate
At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, three Bulgarian weightlifters failed doping tests. The rules said the entire Bulgarian team was thereupon supposed to be expelled. However, Galabin Boevski had already competed and, because he did not test positive, he was allowed to keep his gold medal.
In 2004, Boevski was found liable of tampering with the urine sample he provided at the 2003 world championship in Vancouver. He would be banned from competition for eight years.
In October, 2011, Boevski was arrested at the airport at Sao Paolo, Brazil, while trying to board a plane to Spain. The authorities found nine kilos, or nearly 20 pounds, of cocaine, in his bags.
The cover of a new book that delves deeply into the culture of Bulgarian weightlifting
Galabin Boevski is a complicated figure and weightlifting is a complex sport, filled with intrigue and drama. On the stage, the bar does not lie. You either lift it or not. Behind the scenes, however, as a new book, The White Prisoner: Galabin Boevski’s Secret Story, makes plain, it can be an enormous struggle not just to become Olympic champion but to stay on top.
The book, written by Ognian Georgiev, sports editor at the “Bulgaria Today” daily newspaper, available Friday, offers a revealing look into a sports culture that demands further — and intense — examination…
Read the rest of the article: http://www.3wiresports.com/2014/05/29/weightlifting-fate/
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The white prisoner: Galabin Boevski’s secret story
There is just one day to the worldwide premiere of my book “The white prisoner: Galabin Boevski’s secret story”. It was a great journey to prepare the English version. Almost tougher as to write the original Bulgarian, which was published last year (here is the Bulgarian cover)
More then 30 new and old friends contributed to the book. I will not mention them here. There is special gratitude page in the book. Thank you guys for all your efforts and advices.
I must mention the community at the official page of the book: https://www.facebook.com/galabin.boevsky. Every poster, who asked when the book will be on the market, encouraged me more and more to hurry up and to make things as best as I can.
You may see as well some very nice discussions in the twitter page https://twitter.com/galabinboevski with amazing rare photos by MILO journal published Randall J Strossen, who witnessed by himself most of the events in the book.
Today was a common day in my newspaper. I must do my daily writings in our redaction, but my mind was thinking just about the tomorrow day. It’s kind of the moment, when my baby girl was up to be born or when I went to check my entering exams results for University.
Probably someday I will remember what was the feeling in the days before publishing my first ever book!
Ognian Georgiev, author of “The white prisoner: Galabin Boevski’s secret story”
Here is the second excerpt of “The white prisoner – Galabin Boevski’s secret story”. Later today we will officially present the English edition cover.
Yanko Rusev already knows Galabin will be included in the squad for the 1995 World Championships in China.
Boevski is in among the favourites for the 64 kg category. At 59 kg the big hopes again are on Nikolay Peshalov and Sevdalin Minchev.
Bulgaria has two athletes at 70 kg – Plamen Zhelyaskov and Radostin Dimitrov. The other great star – Yoto Yotov will lift for the first time at 76 kg. He has the unique achievement of being first or second in every competition he has participated in. The young Zlatan Vanev is also in his category.
The competition is fierce, because these championships will decide the Olympic quota.
There are nearly forty athletes in a couple of categories. The biggest stars in weightlifting are ready for great battles, led by the Turks Naim Suleymanoglu and Halil Mutlu, the Greeks Leonidas Sabanis and Pyrros Dimas, and the Cuban Pablo Lara.
The strong weightlifters from the former Soviet Union are aiming for medals in every category, and the Chinese, breaking record after record, are achieving the next phenomenal results.
Hristo Boev is going up the stairs in the Sports Ministry. The Bulgarian Weightlifting Federation’s office is there. The CEO Norair Nurikyan had invited him. He added nothing more. Boev senses there is something wrong the moment he steps into the office.
“I have bad news,” the legendary weightlifter, who has two Olympic titles to his name, begins. “Galabin has been caught.”
“Hey, don’t mess around! How was he caught three days before the World Championships?” The coach clenches his fists.
“This is the document in English, the sample was opened,” Nurikyan gives him a piece of paper with a shaking hand.
“Where is the document for the first one?” Hristo Boev asks. “Look, I may be a countryman, but I’m not stupid.”
Nurikyan bows his head and remains silent.
Years later he admitted, that at this moment he felt as if Hristo Boev would throw him out of the fourth floor window.
“Hey, what the hell happened?” Hristo Boev had barged into the gym of the sports complex “Dianabad”, where the national team was located and shouted at the coach Yanko Rusev.
“Everything is fine, Hristo. How are you? We will destroy the Turk this year. Galabin lifted 152.5 kg and 182.5 kg,” Rusev says proudly with his everlasting smile. [Note: Naim lifted 147.5 + 180 in the compeition]
“How the hell are we going to defeat him, you fool? Galabin has been caught!” Hristo Boev erupts again.
“What do you mean caught?” The national team’s coach honestly replies.
The noisiest place in the whole town was Knezha’s newspaper stand [Knezha is Galabin’s home town]. Several people had gathered, reading the headlines.
The salesman could not get them to leave. Everyone shut up, when Stella Boevska [Galabin’s mother] approached. They made way with compassionate looks in their eyes.
She looks at the first page – “Weightlifters caught with doping before the World Championships.” Her eyes focus on the article. She begins to read slowly. Her hope evaporates. The last name is Galabin’s.
“Lizard [Stefan „The Lizard” Georgiev], I am a convenient victim,” Galabin shakes his head while relating what had happened. They were having coffee.
“I swear to you, I haven’t taken a thing. They must have switched my sample. They caught someone else. Someone who wasn’t supposed to go up in flames. They tricked me again.”
“You are convenient, as you and your uncle are like lone wolves,” answers Stefan Georgiev. “You have no backing. You know if these things don’t happen with money, they certainly do happen with a lot of money. The European Championships are one thing, the World Championships are totally different. Furthermore, it is the qualification for the Olympics in Atlanta next year.”
“Everything is clear now. They wanted to get it out of the way. I could have beaten Suleymanoglu, but who am I – some peasant from Knezha. Now Abadjiev is in Turkey. He must have had information on how much I can lift. They found out my results, and it was decided.”
“You are quite right, coaches are saying the Olympic Committee is deciding on which sports to leave and which to cut.
They are setting Suleymanoglu up to be the first three times Olympic champion in weightlifting. And you, who don’t have a single tournament in seniors abroad, are trying to defeat him. Where are you coming from? Without a single competition abroad, you dare to challenge him! What were you thinking of?”