Good Grammar Makes Self-Published Books Jump out



Recently, Dictionary.com ran a unique article titled, "Does Grammar Matter in the Workplace?" The article known Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit and founding father of Dozuki, who wrote an article called "I Won't Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar" in the "Harvard Business Review." Wiens states, "I've found out 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 within a "New York Times" essay that grammar just isn't indicative of intelligence or focus on detail, and in many professions, is just not an essential skill. - Grammarly Review

While, obviously, grammar matters more in jobs related to writing than in other jobs, such as a factory assembly line, I beg to differ that grammar is not to do with attention to detail. Being a book reviewer, I know of countless poorly written books the location where the grammar is atrocious. I have also seen several 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 yearly. If an author will probably compete against all the other authors to make his / her book stand out, creating a well-written book with proper grammar, and achieving 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 fix grammar, spelling, and also other errors. But not all publishers, editors, or authors are of the same caliber, no matter whether the book is traditionally or independently published. And several an intelligent self-published author knows enough to possess his book edited and proofread in order to avoid errors.

I see certain grammatical mistakes being made overall 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 their famous opening "to boldly go." Here, "to go" will be the infinitive of the verb, so it should not be split, although people frequently insert adverbs in the infinitive, thereby splitting it). I also frequently see subject-pronoun agreement issues. For example, "Everyone should decide what they want for lunch before they get to the deli counter." In this case, "everyone" is singular therefore the pronouns should also be singular. Instead of "they" should be used "he," "she," or "he or she." Or "everyone" must be replaced with a plural word like "people" that may then match with the plural pronoun "they."

Like i said, such errors are frequent even just in traditionally published books, and well-educated people still constantly make these errors. Many individuals who complain about bad grammar won't even recognize that these examples are bad grammar. I was amused in reading the content at Dictionary.com that one of the comments readers made-both from people who felt grammar is important in the workplace, and those who didn't agree-many were filled with bad grammar, and at least one person pointed this fact in her comment.

Also i disagree with John McWhorter that grammar has nothing to do with being detail-oriented. I'll expand a little here from grammar itself to incorporate spelling, pronunciation, and other matters related to writing and communication. I cringe once i see commercials where individuals use bad grammar; commercials have writers who should be aware of better. Poor pronunciation also causes me to cringe; in a single commercial I've seen, the business enterprise owner tells customers that his technique is "guaranteed"-only he can't pronounce "guaranteed." He thinks the starting of the word rhymes with "car" rather than "care." Then a jingle comes on in which the word is pronounced properly. Ecommerce has made numerous commercials and each 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 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 improvement in pronunciations exists, so I went on the web and listened to the word pronounced at four different dictionaries and not one pronounces it the best way he does. And even in case there are two ways to pronounce it, shouldn't the pronunciation stay consistent in the commercial? Do I are interested to buy a product from a man who for many years has been unaware of the way to pronounce a word properly that he uses over and over to promote his business understanding that he's heard from other's lips dozens of times, nevertheless he can't recognize his mistake? How guaranteed is his product, really?

Such deficiency of attention to detail is a whole lot 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 lack of attention to detail. First, this specific book was stuffed with typos and misspellings. The one which really irritated me was mcdougal continually referring to how he had been an "alter boy." As a good Catholic, he must have known how to spell "altar." Worse, through the entire book, he couldn't make-up his mind how you can do much of anything. Whenever he referred to a book or film, he would 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 in the same sentence, never growing that the three mentions from the book did not match. I wonder 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 whilst was done. His book sure looked terrible, and it read horribly. A great author pays attention to the facts and makes sure everything is as consistent as 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 that i know editors who let me know writers without good grammar are terrible writers, no matter how hard they, as editors, work, no matter how great the theory for the book could be, a book can only be improved much by someone besides the author, and it will don't be completely up to par whether or not this were not well-written to begin with.

Regardless if you are an author, a salesperson, or a factory worker, people do judge your body on its use of grammar. There are seen the movie "My Fair Lady," it's worth watching as one example of how grammar will give you ahead or hold you back in life. Perhaps transforming yourself coming from a flower girl on the street to part of English high society, as Eliza Doolittle does within the film, is rather extreme to your situation, but it demonstrates how people view you according to what comes out of one's mouth. And they also judge yourself on what comes from your pen.

Bad grammar, bad writing, and insufficient attention to detail would be the primary reasons why self-publishing has experienced a bad reputation. Perhaps you can get away with bad grammar on the job, but you can't pull it off when you write the sunday paper. Trust me; there are readers out there who delight in finding errors and pointing them out simply so they can feel finer quality than authors.

If you are an aspiring writer, I recommend you brush up on your grammar. It wouldn't hurt to take a category or to read a grammar book. And by all means, find a good editor. Such as the just let your editor fix your grammar; take note of what the editor changes and discover from him or her (not them). Good and writers pay attention to detail. They notice what their editors change, they discover why, and they do not repeat precisely the same mistakes going forward.

No matter what the rest of the world might say regarding the need for good grammar, a writer should be an aspiring expert on grammar and punctuation and be detail-oriented. You may not need to know the naming of every part of speech, but you should write and rewrite with a dictionary and a grammar book in the area for quick reference. Do your very best to produce a consistent, well-written quality product and are ahead of the crowd for making your book stand out. - Grammarly Review