Good Grammar Makes Self-Published Books Stand Out

Recently, Dictionary.com ran a fascinating article titled, "Does Grammar Matter at work?" The article described Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit and founding father of Dozuki, who wrote a write-up called "I Won't Hire Individuals who Use Poor Grammar" in the "Harvard Business Review." Wiens states, "I've found that people who make fewer mistakes over a grammar test also make fewer mistakes when they are doing something completely unrelated to writing-like stocking shelves or labeling parts." In reply, John McWhorter argued in the "New York Times" essay that grammar just isn't indicative of intelligence or awareness of detail, and in many professions, is just not an essential skill. - Grammarly Review

While, needless to say, grammar matters more in jobs linked to writing than in other jobs, such as a factory assembly line, I beg to differ that grammar has nothing to do with attention to detail. As a book reviewer, I know of countless poorly written books in which the grammar is atrocious. I've also seen a number of these books completely without any sort of attention to detail.

The world now has countless aspiring authors as well as over a million books are published annually. If an author will probably compete against all of those other authors to make their book stand out, creating a well-written book with proper grammar, and achieving it proofread meticulously, will make a huge difference.

Believe it or not, even among authors, bad grammar exists. Traditionally published books tend to be better than many self-published books because publishers have editors to repair grammar, spelling, as well as other errors. But not all publishers, editors, or authors have the same caliber, no matter if the book is traditionally or independently published. And a lot of an intelligent self-published author knows enough to own his book edited and proofread to stop errors.

I see certain grammatical mistakes being made in general in books; frequently, I find split infinitives in books produced even by major publishing houses. The very best known example of a split infinitive originates from the television show "Star Trek" in their famous opening "to boldly go." Here, "to go" may be the infinitive of the verb, in order that it should not be split, however frequently insert adverbs in the infinitive, thereby splitting it). I additionally frequently see subject-pronoun agreement issues. For instance, "Everyone should decide what they want for supper before they get to the deli counter." In cases like this, "everyone" is singular so the pronouns should also be singular. Instead of "they" should be used "he," "she," or "he or she." Or "everyone" ought to be replaced with a plural word like "people" which will then match with the plural pronoun "they."

As I said, such errors are frequent during traditionally published books, and well-educated people still constantly make these errors. Lots of people who complain about bad grammar won't even observe that these examples could be unhealthy grammar. I was amused in reading this article at Dictionary.com that among the comments readers made-both from people who felt grammar is important in the workplace, and those who didn't agree-many were stuffed with bad grammar, and at least one person pointed this fact out in her comment.

I also disagree with John McWhorter that grammar has nothing to do with being detail-oriented. I'll expand somewhat here from grammar itself to incorporate spelling, pronunciation, and other matters related to writing and communication. I cringe once i see commercials where people use bad grammar; commercials have writers who should know better. Poor pronunciation also causes me to cringe; in one commercial I've seen, the business enterprise owner tells customers that his method is "guaranteed"-only he can't pronounce "guaranteed." He thinks the start the word rhymes with "car" rather than "care." Then a jingle happens in which the word is pronounced properly. Marketing ebay has made numerous commercials and every time it is the same "guaranteed" line as well as the same problem with pronunciation. We are amazed that the television station producing the ad hasn't ever told the business owner that he is mispronouncing the word, and I also am amazed that the business owner has never grasped how the word is pronounced differently from the jingle. Obviously, attention to detail is lacking here. I know a little room for difference in pronunciations exists, so I went web listened to the word pronounced at four different dictionaries and not one pronounces it just how he does. And even if there are two ways to pronounce it, shouldn't the pronunciation consistency in the commercial? Do I are interested to buy a product from a man who for a long time has been unaware of the best way to pronounce a word properly he uses over and over in promoting his business and that he's heard from other's lips dozens of times, but he can't recognise his mistake? How guaranteed is his product, really?

Such insufficient attention to detail is worse when it's in a book. Here's an example of just one of countless books I've been given to review where bad grammar and bad writing also reflected insufficient attention to detail. First, this particular book was stuffed with typos and misspellings. The one which really irritated me was mcdougal continually referring to how he was previously an "alter boy." As being a good Catholic, he really should have known how to spell "altar." Worse, throughout the book, he couldn't comprise his mind the best way to do much of anything. Whenever he known as a book or film, however have it italicized on one page, then in bold on another page, then underlined on another, then italicized and underlined on the third. In one case, I saw him italicize, bold, and underline all within the same sentence, never catching on that the three mentions of the book did not match. I'm wondering whether he would paint a gate like that-black post, green post, some pink stripes, then some blue polka dots-and not be aware of it looked terrible when he was done. His book sure looked terrible, and it read horribly. A fantastic author pays attention to the important points and makes sure things are all as consistent as is possible.

I also know authors who, unbelievably, don't even think good grammar matters. They let me know "That's why I have an editor." And I know editors who let me know writers without good grammar are terrible writers, with no matter how hard they, as editors, work, no matter how great the theory for the book may be, a book can only be improved a lot by someone other than the author, and it will not be completely up to par if it were not well-written to begin with.

Whether you are an author, a salesperson, or possibly a factory worker, people do judge for your use of grammar. If you haven't seen the movie "My Fair Lady," it's worth watching to illustrate how grammar you can get ahead or hold you last life. Perhaps transforming yourself from the flower girl on the street to part of English high society, as Eliza Doolittle does from the film, is rather extreme for the situation, but it does show how people view you according to what comes out of your mouth. And they also judge your self on what comes from your pen.

Bad grammar, bad writing, and insufficient attention to detail include the primary reasons why self-publishing has already established a bad reputation. Perhaps you can get away with bad grammar in the workplace, but you can't get away with it when you write a book. Trust me; there are readers around who delight in finding errors and pointing them out so they can feel finer quality than authors.

If you are an aspiring writer, You need to brush up on your grammar. It can't hurt to take a class or to read a grammar book. Through all means, find a good editor. Try not to just let your editor fix your grammar; look closely at what the editor changes and learn 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.

Regardless of what the rest of the world might say concerning the need for good grammar, an author should be an aspiring expert on grammar and punctuation and become detail-oriented. You may not need to know the naming of every part of speech, nevertheless, you should write and rewrite having a dictionary and a grammar book nearby for quick reference. Do your very best self to produce a consistent, well-written quality product and you'll be ahead of the crowd to make your book stand out. - Grammarly Review


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