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The sky is the limit if you but believe in yourself.
We write many books to collect dust on the shelf.
We want to attract readers, but competition is tough.
Finding the right promo can really be rough.
I see my dear friends, writers all, searching social media
To put out the word, reach for the sky, and tension relieve.
But I know we all would still write, even if nobody reads,
And put as much wordsmithing, editing, and proofreads
In every book, every blog, every post, every review
That we write for other authors to encourage and renew
Our humble opinions or assistance in a close-knit kinship.
WE ARE WRITERS!
By Deborah A. Bowman
I’ve loved books, all kinds of books, from an early age. I love the feel of them, the weight of them, the promises and secrets they hold. I’ve seen a myriad of changes to books in my 20+ years of editing, newspaper writing and paste-up, and especially reading for my own enjoyment. I’ve read the classics and the quirky, the long and short, the profound and ridiculous. I’ve also seen trends change and writing evolve with each new generation.
Books and subjects tend to come in droves with similar information or fictional storylines. We went through formulated plotlines in romance where the author filled in a template, not deviating from the script. Now, it’s almost anything goes, and rules and formulas have fallen by the wayside. Here’s some recent trends that are taking over the industry:
- Imaginative, unique cover designs, even on textbooks and nonfiction biographies, motivational/inspirational, and business books. Full-color covers with eye-catching designs.
- Chapters no longer have chapter titles for fiction. Used to be a creative struggle to come up with catchy phrases that didn’t give away the next twist or turn in the plot, but not be vague either.
- Short sentences; short paragraphs, and short, quick-to-read chapters or sections. The average reader wants to hurry through action-packed stories in the time it takes to ride the subway, bus, or carpool to work. Large books are daunting, heavy to carry, and overwhelming. eReaders have helped with the weight problem, but quick-reads are probably here to stay.
- Series books are very popular, in short installments.
- Dystopian futuristic disasters and fantasy books are in demand.
- Erotica is not only out in the open, but explicit and HOT!
- Confession nonfiction stories of lifestyle is available from celebrities and notorious villains.
- Different point of views are assigned to each character in fiction with experimentation in 1st person present or narrated 1st person past tense instead of 3rd person past tense, where the author has access to all the characters’ feelings and thoughts simultaneously.
- Political and historical nonfiction is written in dramatized novel-type language and flair.
The world has changed and so has our reading material.
Writers are filling shelves and tablets with new creative ideas. Something for everyone. We have turned a page in books and media.
Deborah A. Bowman
Gone are the days of history…
by Deborah A. Bowman
Gone are the days of yesteryear.
Gone are smiles, miles, tears and fears.
We of the present can learn from history.
Those of the future will fulfill our destiny.
The past comes alive as sins and wins are repeated.
Triumphs are heralded; Foes are defeated.
If only we could stop the challenges.
If only we could heighten the balances.
It makes me wonder as I ponder,
If all on earth have wandered
These paths before in yesteryear
And have returned with our hopes and fears.
History repeats itself,
But we remain ourselves
Through thick and thin, but in different skins.
Reacting the same way as we begin
Lifetimes in new bodies, when we are given
A chance to redeem our numerous sins
Or spread truth and love, strong and sage,
As we enter life in a future age.
Will I live again
Or is this the end?
Perhaps is this me in a previous life?
While developing my new business card for the writer/editor/proofreader/designer hat I wear (oh hum, I know so boring, but so necessary), I had a little help from a business partner to come up with my new tag line:
Clasid Consultants Publishing: More Than Mere Words and Pictures!
What do ya’ think? Comments, suggestions, snide remarks?
My love and passion is still fiction. I just need to find the time to write it all down! Then the hard part begins: the edit, the proofreading, the cover design, the fonts, the leading, the layout, the graphics, the logo . . . on and on and on . . . but the better it looks, the better you look. Another tagline I may use at some point:
Words are your “real” first impression!
Deborah A. Bowman, author, writer, editor, ghost writer, proofreader, designer, publisher