It is inevitable that in a nation such as the United States — which has the third largest Hispanic population in the world — many Latino writers and artists whose Spanish-language works have been successful would sooner or later make the crossover into the English-speaking market. Artists such as Shakira and Enrique Iglesias, and writers like Isabel Allende and Don Miguel Ruiz, are proof that the books and music that have captivated millions of Spanish speakers can just as easily attract an English-speaking audience.
This is what led Dr. Camilo Cruz to translate his most famous work La Vaca into English. “Many of those who have read my books in Spanish want their spouse or children who do not read Spanish to enjoy the teachings of this fantastic story,” said Dr. Cruz.
Coinciding with the celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, the book has been released this September with the title ONCE UPON A COW: Eliminating Excuses and Settling for Nothing but Success. The publisher Penguin Books is one of the largest in the world, with a list of authors that includes personalities such Al Gore, the Dalai Lama, Lance Armstrong, and Eckhart Tolle.
The success of Camilo Cruz’ books is unquestionable. His readers can be found in more than 115 countries, evidence of the far-reaching message of the Colombian author. Twenty publishers from all over the world have translated the book into more than a dozen languages, with close to two million copies sold.
A nation built by immigrants will undoubtedly welcome this Latin writer who came to the United States without knowing a word of English and with no other credentials other than a high-school diploma, 200 dollars, and a bag full of dreams; an entrepreneur who came in search of his American Dream, found it, and now shares with others how we can free ourselves of the excuses and self-imposed limitations that prevent us from succeeding, even in hard economic times such as the ones we now face.
However, these times, which have also witnessed the first African American president in the history of the nation and the first Hispanic member of the Supreme Court, are certainly the best opportunity for the introduction of this Latino author to the English-speaking market.
Source: Taller de Exito