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April 11 2016


Good Grammar Makes Self-Published Books Jump out


Recently, Dictionary.com ran an interesting article titled, "Does Grammar Matter in the Workplace?" The article described Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit and founder of Dozuki, who wrote a write-up called "I Won't Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar" from the "Harvard Business Review." Wiens states, "I've found that people who make fewer mistakes on a grammar test also make fewer mistakes if they are doing something completely unrelated to writing-like stocking shelves or labeling parts." In reaction, John McWhorter argued in a "New York Times" essay that grammar is not indicative of intelligence or care about detail, and in many professions, is not an essential skill. - Grammarly Review

While, needless to say, grammar matters more in jobs in connection with writing than in other jobs, say for example a factory assembly line, I disagree that grammar is not to do with attention to detail. As a book reviewer, I know of countless poorly written books when the grammar is atrocious. We've also seen a number of these books completely lacking in any sort of attention to detail.

The planet now has countless aspiring authors well as over a million books are published each year. If an author is going to compete against all the other authors to make their book stand out, using a well-written book with proper grammar, all night . it proofread meticulously, is going to make a huge difference.

Believe it or not, even among authors, bad grammar exists. Traditionally published books usually are better than many self-published books because publishers have editors to repair grammar, spelling, and other errors. But not all publishers, editors, or authors are of the same caliber, whether or not the book is traditionally or independently published. And lots of an intelligent self-published author knows enough to own his book edited and proofread to avoid errors.

I see certain grammatical mistakes being made charges in books; frequently, I've found split infinitives in books produced even by major publishing houses. The best known example of a split infinitive emanates from the television show "Star Trek" in the famous opening "to boldly go." Here, "to go" is the infinitive of the verb, in order that it should not be split, although people frequently insert adverbs in to the infinitive, thereby splitting it). Furthermore, i frequently see subject-pronoun agreement issues. For instance, "Everyone should decide what they want for supper before they get to the deli counter." In this case, "everyone" is singular and so the pronouns should also be singular. As opposed to "they" should be used "he," "she," or "he or she." Or "everyone" needs to be replaced with a plural word like "people" that may then match with the plural pronoun "they."

Like i said previously, such errors are frequent even during traditionally published books, and well-educated people still constantly make these errors. A lot of people who complain about bad grammar won't even recognize that these examples can be harmful grammar. I was amused in reading this content at Dictionary.com that on the list of comments readers made-both from those who felt grammar does matter in the workplace, and those who didn't agree-many were filled with bad grammar, and at least one person pointed this fact outside her comment.

Furthermore, i disagree with John McWhorter that grammar is not to do with being detail-oriented. I'll expand a bit here from grammar itself to incorporate spelling, pronunciation, as well as other matters related to writing and communication. I cringe once i see commercials where individuals use bad grammar; commercials have writers who ought to know better. Poor pronunciation also causes me to cringe; in one commercial I've seen, the business owner tells customers that his strategy is "guaranteed"-only he can't pronounce "guaranteed." He thinks the start of the word rhymes with "car" rather than "care." Then a jingle turns on in which the word is pronounced properly. Ecommerce has made numerous commercials and every time it is the same "guaranteed" line and the same problem with pronunciation. I'm amazed that the television station producing the ad hasn't told the business owner that he's mispronouncing the word, and I also am amazed the business owner has never grasped how the word is pronounced differently inside the jingle. Obviously, attention to detail is lacking here. I understand a little room for difference in pronunciations exists, so I went online and listened to the word pronounced at four different dictionaries rather than one pronounces it the way in which he does. And even should there be two ways to pronounce it, shouldn't the pronunciation stay consistent in the commercial? Do I want to buy a product from a man who for decades has been unaware of the way to pronounce a word properly that he uses over and over in promoting his business and that he's heard from other people's lips dozens of times, but he can't detect his mistake? How guaranteed is his product, really?

Such deficiency of attention to detail is even worse when it's in a book. Here's a good example of just one of countless books I am given to review where bad grammar and bad writing also reflected not enough attention to detail. First, this specific book was full of typos and misspellings. The one which really irritated me was the article author continually referring to how he was once an "alter boy." Being a good Catholic, he should have known how to spell "altar." Worse, during the entire book, he couldn't comprise his mind the way to do much of anything. Whenever he described a book or film, although have it italicized on one page, then in bold on another page, then underlined on another, then italicized and underlined on a third. In one case, I saw him italicize, bold, and underline all from the same sentence, never catching on that the three mentions with the book did not match. I wonder whether he would paint a fence like that-black post, green post, some pink stripes, then some blue polka dots-and not be aware of it looked terrible as he was done. His book sure looked terrible, and yes it read horribly. An excellent author pays attention to information and makes sure everything is as consistent as possible.

I also know authors who, unbelievably, do not think good grammar matters. They figure out "That's why I have an editor." I know editors who tell me writers without good grammar are terrible writers, with no matter how hard they, as editors, work, with no matter how great the idea for the book might be, a book can only be improved much by someone other than the author, and it will do not be completely up to par whether it were not well-written to begin with.

Whether you're an author, a salesperson, or a factory worker, people do judge your body on its use of grammar. You will find seen the movie "My Fair Lady," it's worth watching as an example of how grammar will give you ahead or hold you last life. Perhaps transforming yourself from the flower girl at work to part of English high society, as Eliza Doolittle does in the film, is rather extreme for the situation, but it does show how people view you determined by what comes out of your respective mouth. And they also judge you on what comes from your pen.

Bad grammar, bad writing, and insufficient attention to detail are the primary reasons why self-publishing has experienced a bad reputation. You may get away with bad grammar at work, but you can't pull it off when you write a magazine. Trust me; there are readers around who delight in finding errors and pointing them out simply so they can feel better than authors.

If you are an aspiring writer, You ought to brush up on your grammar. It can't hurt to take a class or to read a grammar book. And also by all means, find a good editor. Along with just let your editor fix your grammar; focus on what the editor changes and discover from him or her (not them). Good and high writers pay attention to detail. They notice what their editors change, they learn why, and they do not repeat the same mistakes going forward. - Grammarly Review

Regardless of what the rest of the world might say about the need for good grammar, a writer should be an aspiring expert on grammar and punctuation and turn into detail-oriented. You may not need to know the naming of every part of speech, but you should write and rewrite using a dictionary and a grammar book close by for quick reference. Do your better to produce a consistent, well-written quality product and will also be ahead of the crowd to make your book stand out.

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