Don’t forget, no one can do their own proofreading. Not even me. You may be the creator, but I am the validator who provides unbiased editorial reviews, testimonials, and introductions to my network and consultants.
—Deborah A. Bowman, author, ghostwriter. editor, designer, formatter, proofreader, publishing agent, writing coach, mentor
Be it a business proposal, a short brochure, a website, business card, or a completed book of any genre, it’s best not to edit or even proofread your own work.
That second pair of eyes, that alternate mind that confirms or denies whether you’ve made your point; enriched your plot with descriptive, thrilling, emotional scenes; or included the correct steps and keywords to support and reach your logical conclusion is essential to the success or failure of a written piece online or in print.
Much expense can be avoided by getting an editor, ghostwriter, or trusted business colleague involved in not just grammar, spelling, punctuation (copy editing), but also in flow and ease of reading, using the most current terminology and format intertwined with unique design and pleasing, enticing, accurate writing, graphics, and pictures.
Show you care enough to make all forms of media on-target for your audience, specific purpose, and desired response.
Present your writing in the best design possible. It is a reflection of YOU and leaves a lasting impression.
Let Clasid Consultants Publishing make that impression memorable, sustainable, and relevant.
Deborah A. Bowman, CEO
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
To a Sunday Morn…
by Deborah A. Bowman, copyrighted 2016
Today is made for growing with spring knocking at my door.
The sky is dark and clouded, the rain serenely pours.
The flowers gently peek from their winter’s hiding place.
The robin seeks refuge in pine needles of lace.
The rain is bringing growth to every flower, bush, and tree.
The creeks and rivers flow with eternal life to be.
The rain starts to subside, the sun no longer hides.
The clouds float away and blue skies glow with hope.
Peace, happiness, and love abound across the earth.
In the golden rays above, spring brings joy and rebirth.
From a church on yonder hill, the bells of Sabbath ring.
The world is quiet ’til the birds begin to sing.
A Writer’s Tools have changed
There has been so much gain
But a nagging hint of nostalgia remains
Cutting reeds and shaping quills
Pounded pigments, rainwater, ash-filled
Stretching animal hides
Leaving in the sun to dry
Crackling scratches on dried parchment
One slip, the writer’s lament
Start again, know not when
The price of dripping Indigo ink
Naught drying, naught sprinkling with sand
Naught scribing, brings one to the brink
… Of insanity
New files, pixels, point sizes, layout
A better system, no doubt
Save, Open, Save As, Download
Copy without a camera or a copier reload
Cut without a knife; paste with no glue
The decision to see it through
Or delete and try again
It doesn’t matter when
Save or not to save?
In a hurry, Save and and go away…try another day
Creativity has not changed
Only the functions of the brain
More freedom for the laymen
More chances to begin again
Then, finally, the perfect words you trust
All gobbled up by a cyber virus.
No heart to try again
Perhaps a quill, ink, or pen?
Comparisons of the old and the new, pros and cons…