Writing Trends for Today’s Readers

What’s in your library?

What separates Deborah A. Bowman from many other authors and editors is her monthly newsletter and blog which reflect her current life experiences. Her most recent book “Quill and Ink…” takes on today’s challenges of recognition and distribution in an eBook world.

Deborah knows the right format to match the writer’s intention to the reader’s expectations.

Sid, International Business Development and Marketing Specialist

Book Reviews

Book Reviews, two small words . . . one BIG subject!

We all write because we have to . . . keeping the feelings and descriptions within us would be detrimental to our health, and I am being serious, not “flip” or comical.

Of course, once you write, you want someone, anyone, to read your words. You want to share. You write because you care . . . about humanity, about life, about others in your chosen craft. We write because we are readers first! We are not competing–we are giving. Only life experiences have brought me to this comfortable place.

So how do you get others to read what you write? How do you get Book Reviews? This seems to be the question I hear most from authors of all genres–fiction and nonfiction.

I can’t speak for anyone else. I can only tell you what I choose to do. I review at least one book a week. Please bear with me, just a few more moments, a few more sentences so I can share . . .  this time.

I’m retired, though slightly younger than retirement age–not much–and my mobility is somewhat restricted, not as bad as it once was. Yet, I’m not slowing down–I’m speeding up–busier than I’ve ever been when I worked full-time.

In retirement, all I wanted to do was write fiction–the one form of writing that eluded me during my entire working career. I wrote for others and made their words and images look nice, made them accurate, took pride in them, regardless of the subject matter. So now I thought I had time to write my own words and I have. I felt true freedom for the first time since I wrote poetry as a child, wrote songs and lyrics as a young performer, and wrote silly notes to my friends to make them laugh. But that was a long time ago.

Then, somehow, just recently I returned to my roots. My fiction writing was temporarily halted as I began ghost writing for someone else, using “his” voice–not mine–laying out the pages, making “his” words and the images I selected to enhance “his” words look nice, made them accurate, took pride in them . . . I’m not quite finished with this project, but I’m pleased with it. Upon completion, it will be camera-ready, published as an eBook by myself as a gift to my client, and ready for him to use for his own personal crusade–and it is a very noble one.

Even though my time is scarce, and my personal writing is crying out to me for attention, I still review one book a week. I hope to be able to do more in the future. After all, I’m going to be reading anyway. I still write fiction in little “snippets.” It’s progress.

There is so much to learn, so much to share, so much to give. I want to “learn” something from every book I read.

There is a massive amount of writing out there to be read. It was different when I first started writing. Fiction was hard to publish, finishing a book of any genre was a massive accomplishment, many people started books and never finished them, myself included.

I started my first novel on a $99.00 Montgomery Wards portable typewriter, then I paid someone to put it on a word processor. I rewrote it five times. Then I helped launch an eBook site in the late 1990’s, a little premature for eBooks. But, I began learning how to use my skills in editing, writing, layout, format, etc.,  on a computer with other people’s books. It allowed me to list my own. I introduced one novel and one anthology of short stories that no longer exist, but still live inside me.

Book Reviews . . . two small words . . . one BIG subject!

New Series of Writing/Editing Blogs starting after Labor Day

I’ve worked in the editing/writing field for close to 30 years. I saw the old-fashioned way of getting a book, business article, academia work, technical report, newspaper, newsletter, poem, song published. Now, I’m using the new, rapid, technology-based Internet publishing through my company Clasid Consultants Publishing.

Whew! Hold the world still so I can get off! That’s how I felt at first. I just couldn’t see how the two disciplines could meet in the middle. There are pros and cons to both. But with a little work, imagination, and creativity, I realized you didn’t have to sacrifice the high quality of the slow, old-fashioned publishing process to the super-fast technology of the Internet. You can have both!

Starting after Labor Day (yikes! Next week!), I will be doing a series of blogs on how the old versus the new can be combined to best represent your literary achievements and especially, YOURSELF!

Some of these tricks of the trade are quick, easy fixes that can add so much to the finished product. Some are more involved, but still do-able for all authors, aspiring first-timers to seasoned authors who use to let the publishing house handle all the details. Don’t you want to be involved in the process every step of the way?
Control is a powerful tool, when you know how to use it.

Just like any other talent, writing must be studied, learned, practiced, and adjusted to fit your audience, your budget, and your timeframe. Maybe you’re writing the right stuff, but showing it to the wrong people. Maybe you’re spending money to make money, but you never make any money. Maybe it takes you too long to complete your writing project, or you’re writing it too fast and leaving out the formatting, proofreading, editing that is essential to getting the manuscript read. I’ll have some free helpful hints to aid you in your research, your preparation, and your publishing.

Please share my free class/blog with your friends, work associates, and even your family. After all, who supports you the most in any writing endeavor, but your family? Whether it is fiction, nonfiction, a resume, a dissertation, or a personal journal?

Don’t be afraid, and don’t give up. We can learn together as we go through this evolving process. Suggestions and comments are always welcomed.

Until next week, enjoy the Holiday and let’s get down to work . . . together.


Reaching Out!

There is so much to read, see, and do on the Internet: Social Media, Business Media, Twitter, Blogging, etc. How do you determine what you like to read? How do you search what’s important to you? Are you afraid you’re going to miss  something important by looking at something funny or silly or simply entertaining? And, the big question, how do you find people interested in your blog and share the same areas of interest? I hope I’ll get some answers to these questions. There must be a system that works for those of us in the writing community.

Bio for Bowmanauthor: Crusades and Disabilities

“Denny Ryder, lead character in STROKE OF FEAR! (DENNY RYDER PARANORMAL CRIME SERIES), is someone I would really like to know better. She has a no-nonsense take on life, including a psychological approach to the paranormal. Yet, she has the inquiring mind of a child, who believes in fantasy and hope, even in her darkest hour. Denny and I have one thing in common, lack of mobility and health limitations, but I have come a long way in overcoming these obstacles. I want to help my character return to a full, meaningful life. Denny still has much to say to me, my readers, and the world, but it’s so hard to overcome sensory paralysis. Denny summed it up best, ‘It would be so easy to fade into obscurity.’ Denny, let us help you. Write to her at: livinginashadow@outlook.com -Deborah A. Bowman, author of STROKE OF FEAR!
“Sometimes the dreams we want most out of life are mere illusions, shadows in the mist. Fantasy and desire: Is it love or lust? Truth, reality, and perception: Is it fact or fiction? These are the choices we all must make. But what do you do, how do you cope, when these choices are maliciously taken away from you? These are the shadows in our lives.”-Deborah A. Bowman, author of LIVING IN A SHADOW.
Deborah A. Bowman is an author, editor, ghost-writer, and public speaker on Paranormal Psychology, Self-Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy, and Victims’ Abuse. She has been certified as an Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist, writing a monthly column for “The Medical News” and featured in the “Washington Post Parenting Magazine” on Hypnotherapy for ADHD Teens.

She was certified as a Technical Writer/Editor at the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Grad School and worked as Publications Control Officer, Chief of Publishing, for The Army Materiel Command, Department of Defense. She was editor-in-chief of The Federal Women’s Program monthly newsletter, News & Views, distributed Army-wide in the continental United States.

She is a 25-year Lupus/RA survivor and an advocate for research to find the cure. While confined in a wheelchair, she worked as a reader for the Erie Literary Agency, learning how to overcome pitfalls in plot and syntax that can plague even the most seasoned writers, and now using these techniques in her own novels. Also, while incapacitated she was editor, proof-reader, formatter, and quality control expert for the online website ebookstand.com, rated no. 3 on Oprah Winfrey’s list of printing-on-demand, online companies.  

“Debbie” is currently working on an historical fiction novel, as well as the next Installment in the Denny Ryder Paranormal Crime Series, STROKE OF MIDNIGHT! to be released Sept. 2013.

Bowman’s full-length novel, LIVING IN A SHADOW, is available at:  amazon.com/dp/B00AP68CUO and STOKE OF FEAR!, a series Novella, is available at: amazon.com/dp/B00CFWYAX4.