Wednesday, January 16, 2013
I'M STEPPIN' IN HIGH COTTON!
I entered a contest offered by Writer's Digest for Self Published Authors. Although I did not win below is a review of my first book, COAST TO COAST WITH A CAT AND A GHOST from one of the judges. It made me feel as if I were stepping in high cotton, as they say down here in the South.
Entry Title:Coast To Coast With A Cat And A Ghost
Author: Judy Howard
Judge Number: 30
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Structure and Organization:4
Production Quality and Cover Design:4
Plot (if applicable): 5
Character Development (if applicable): N/A
What did you like best about this book?
The novel is top notch from start to finish. A nice cover design and professional presentation including excellent, attention-grabbing back cover copy. As a judge of memoirs, I must note that it reads more like fictionâ€”very smooth and entertaining. Iâ€™m particularly fond of the humor within. The author has done a great job of adding emotional depth to the storytelling. This is a well crafted, professional read that is both humorous and full of heartache with new beginnings looming on the horizon. It comes with a dose of therapeutic tenderness that will twist your insides and inspire you to keep on going when the road gets tough.
How can the author improve this book?
As a judge, Iâ€™m supposed to come up with one hundred words as to how the author could improve this book but Iâ€™m finding this task a difficult one. So, my advice here will be mostly from a marketing standpoint. The author should work to make sure you get this book out where readers can find it. I donâ€™t believe I would have ever stumbled across this book if I werenâ€™t a judge in this contest. Getting this type of well-crafted novel into the hands of your target audience (really any woman Iâ€™ve ever known would fall into this category) should be your top priority.