Wednesday, January 16, 2013


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

Grammar: 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 fiction—very smooth and entertaining. I’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, I’m supposed to come up with one hundred words as to how the author could improve this book but I’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 don’t believe I would have ever stumbled across this book if I weren’t a judge in this contest. Getting this type of well-crafted novel into the hands of your target audience (really any woman I’ve ever known would fall into this category) should be your top priority.



  1. Even if you didn't win, you have a good review and good suggestions. Good Job!

  2. Great review. I am enjoying the book a lot.

    In case you are interested in how people find your book on Kindle, I'll tell you how I did. My passion is road tripping and camping. I have had some health issues and haven't been able to do that in a while now and I miss it dearly.

    So, I have been doing searches on Kindle for books on road trips. I've found some really good ones. And then I found yours. And it is a wonderful book. I am so glad I found it.