Let’s face it, the book market is overcrowded, BUT MORE PEOPLE ARE READING!

As an author, editor, formatter, and publishing advisor, I watch trends and the market. Things change and styles evolve. Blogs initially took some book readers away, but now blogs are supporting books! Also, printed books are desirable for in-depth reading you want to hold, cherish, and keep. eBooks are for quick reads “one and done” or sporadic reads on the way to work, a coffee/lunch break, a breather. eBooks are always with you.

The Pandemic has given writers time to write, thus creating more new, first-time writers. But, it also created more readers. The balm of fiction and even poetry, which was always in the shadows, is now sprouting and taking root with more readers. We are seeking true emotion to touch our souls as chaos rules our world. Also, nonfiction, informational, and transformational reading is at an all-time high. We have a need to know “why?”.

The balancing act continues with the positive and negative, but as a reader myself first-and-foremost, the positive always wins in my book!


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Recognition by GoodReads for Clasid Consultants Publishing! Book reviews by CEO, Deborah A. Bowman: Thank you to all the amazing authors who made 2017 a wonderful year of great stories and wonderful literature…


I read 5,532 pages across 29 books Img bookstack 40

Classically Ever After by Sherry Carroll

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15 pages
Classically Ever After
by Sherry Carroll
621 pages
Believing the Lie
by Elizabeth George
Believing the Lie by Elizabeth  George
191 pages


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In Farleigh Field
by Rhys Bowen
In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen
Silent Libretto by Stephanie Barker
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person also read

Silent Libretto
by Stephanie Barker



What's in a Name? by Sally Cronin
What’s in a Name?
by Sally Cronin

it was amazing

5.00 average

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You Can Ask The Universe Anything by Michael Hetherington
My first review of the year
liked it
Strictly “yes and no” answers to questions left me a little cold for such an intense subject area, but some vaguely acceptable information. Written a little awkwardly and repetitive.
Annie's Story, Blessed With A Gift by Deborah A. Bowman Bowman
You Can Ask The Universe Anything by Michael Hetherington
The Retribution by Val McDermid
it was amazing
Time and Again by Deborah Heal
Twisted Secrets by Donna M. Zadunajsky
Naked Heat by Richard Castle
January by Peter          Edwards
Portergirl by Lucy Brazier
The Witch of Bracken's Hollow by Evan Winters
GOODNIGHT LOVE by Tania Giguere
What's in a Name? by Sally Cronin
it was amazing
A Queen's Spy by Samantha Burnell
Glimpses by Hugh W. Roberts
Classically Ever After by Sherry Carroll

Every Day Isn't Perfect, Volume I by K.L. Register
Lost in Me by Lexi Ryan
Accursed Women by Luciana Cavallaro
J.D. Robb - Eve Dallas In Death Series updated 2017 in readin... by Avid Reader
Forged in Fire by Fraser Scott
Edinburgh Twilight by Carole Lawrence
it was amazing
Reiki Level I Certification Manual Usui & Tibetan by Gail Thackray
Silent Libretto by Stephanie Barker
The Paranormal Investigations of Mr Charles Fort by T.E.   Scott
Believing the Lie by Elizabeth  George
In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen
VAMPYRIE by Tina Frisco
100 Tiny Threads by Judith Barrow
Boudicca by Thomas Jerome Baker
liked it
Boudicca by Thomas Jerome Baker
My last review of the year
liked it
A Short History of Valor and Death

Barker tells the tale quickly and succinctly of the Iceni tribe under the leadership of Queen Boudicca. Her bravery, courage, and need for revenge did not save her people, but will live on in history and tradition as the most incredible stand of the Celtic people against tyranny. They fought and died for freedom.

You can easily add books to this list by setting the Date Read for each book to any time in 2017.

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You read 29 out of 20 books.
Congratulations! You’re really good at reading, and probably a lot of other things, too!

Editors, Readers, and Writers

Editing, writing, ghostwriting, design and formatting is very satisfying … watching someone else’s piece grow, evolve, and reveal the talents, skills, and feelings of other writers brings a silent joy to an editor’s heart. Watching another writer learn and accept the various truths of this challenging industry, their confidence growing and expanding with every verb tense that finally falls into place or the beauty of a crisp, new book … their own.

Few achievements can surpass the excitement of reading or seeing your own words in print, knowing you’ve given your all and have shared your uniqueness with the world. Editors help others spread the knowledge of their expertise, give the gift of drama, and the balm of fiction.

Reading is universal, mind-expanding, calming, exciting and just plain fun. I love a book that’s been researched well. I want the story, the plot, the fiction, but give me something new to experience, learn, digest. When I read I want to be challenged, intrigued, surprised!

Writers are Readers, and Readers are Writers

Editors are all of the above …

Deborah A. Bowman

water your mind






The Sky is the Limit!


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.


By Deborah A. Bowman

Reading Habits Tag

Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/a certain amount of pages?  Best to stop at the end of a chapter, but if I’m interrupted I put a little pencil dot in the margin. On the Kindle I highlight the beginning of the paragraph in pink.

Do you eat or drink while reading?  No. I collect classic leather books. One coffee spill would be disastrous!

Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?  I prefer solitude and silence.

One book at a time or several at once?  Usually I’m reading four at once, changing books as my mood changes.

Reading at home or everywhere? Everywhere.

Reading out loud or silently in your head?  Silently in my head, unless it’s a book I’ve written. Those I have to hear.

Do you read ahead or even skip pages? No, not really. Missing a valid point or clue would change the storyline.

Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?  Trying as much as possible to keep it pristine. I never know until I’ve read a book if it will become part of my collection or not.

Do you write in your books?  I used to do that in nonfiction when I was studying. I haven’t done that in years, probably decades!

Books are my passion!
Books are my passion!

Book Reviews (a subject dear to all of our hearts!)

Those of you who follow my blog, and especially my tweets, know that I’ve been extremely ill this winter. It comes with the territory, unfortunately, when you have SLE–Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis. I’ve been dealing with this over 20 years so I know what to do, which means becoming a recluse for the winter! But it does give me time to do something very important, which is review other authors’ works.

I’ve reviewed about 7 books in the past two weeks and really found some gems, including one diamond! “It Really IS Rocket Science!” by BH Branham. Also, anything by Donna Zadunajsky is really worth the read. For children, I strongly recommend, “Sam, The Super Kitty” by M. Lovato! It’s just adorable.

I haven’t been totally idle with my own writing, but it is hard to make sense when your fever’s 103–lol. I’ve written five chapters for the next novella in the Denny Ryder Paranormal Crime Series, STROKE OF SILENCE! It should be on amazon.com in March 2014. I want to take this opportunity, again, to thank those of you who reviewed my Denny Ryder Series and even the reviewer who was brave enough (Donna, my friend) to get through all 400 pages of LIVING IN A SHADAW, my full-length, mature-adult novel.

I’ll put in my own 2 cents about reviews, which I covered much more seriously in a previous blog that might be worth taking a look at: I purchase/buy eBooks that I review . . . after all, we’re all writers because we have to be, whether anyone else reads it or not, but we are also trying to make a living, so I don’t ask for freebies.

eBooks are inexpensive, especially for the author first starting out, so it’s not going to break the budget. Reviewing on a Kindle or e-reader allows you to highlight, make notes, refer back, and in my case, since I’ve been an editor for 30+ years, mark the errors. I just want to say finding a good editor or proofreader is essential to a good manuscript. If there are so many typos, errors, spelling/grammar mistakes (and spell-check and grammar-check aren’t human; they can create more problems than they solve–so I suggest you don’t rely on them!) that the book is unreadable, no matter how good the theme or plot, you loose your reader before you have a chance to make any kind of impression as an author.

This being said, I say in all kindness, that you can’t proofread your own stuff. I’ve been in the technical (scientific/government) side of this business . . . forevah! And I can’t edit, proofread my own stuff . . . no matter how “cold” I let it get. When you write/create something, little beknownst to you, the words become ingrained in your mind. When you read it for errors, you read right over them because your brain “sees” what it has unconsciously memorized. It’s really very medical that you can’t read your own stuff!

Your best friend is not your best proofreader. Sometimes they’re so excited over the fact that you’re an author, “they” read right through the errors, or they’re afraid to mention them and upset you OR they aren’t equipped with the skills a proofreader must have . . . good grammar, good spelling, and an eye to catch “glitches” in the story line: names change, scenes are referred to but are somehow different, or things don’t add up: 2 + 2 = 3 or 2 + 2 = 5. I’m sure you get my point. Family members can be prejudiced either “for” or “against” your writing (“Anything my child/brother/sister/aunt/uncle writes is wonderful!” or “Please, just get a job all ready.”)

A couple of tricks for proofreading, if you’re forced to read your own stuff, is put it on your Kindle Fire in reverse: white copy on black background. I found this quite by accident. I read in black background at night while my husband sleeps beside me. The Kindle Fire (only) is not near as bright this way. But all the sudden, errors started popping out at me! Unfortunately, not all of them.

An even better way, again found by accident, is let the Kindle Fire “read” to you. My eyes were almost swollen shut with this flu/pneumonia/whatever? so for the first time ever, I put on the text-to-speech function. When a mechanical voice (not bad on the newer versions of the Kindle) says the wrong word that doesn’t make sense or can’t pronounce a misspelling or the grammar is wrong where you didn’t do it purposely because your character’s voice doesn’t speak that way . . . well, there’s a problem and when you look back at it, you find it!

I hope these little ‘tricks of the trade’ help all of you out there honing your craft!

In conclusion, I just want to say, “Be honest it your reviews,” but most of all, authors need to support each other. After all, “Writers are readers!” (my own quote). It really doesn’t help a poor book in a genre to plant negative reviews in the same genre by a different author (or a book that has similar keywords), and it doesn’t help an author needing an editor, proofreader, another pair of eyes to give them rave reviews that are “puffed up,” so to speak.

This is my 2 cents on reviews and proofreading. Best wishes to your all!

Deborah A. Bowman, author