Good Grammar Makes Self-Published Books Stick out

Recently, Dictionary.com ran an interesting article titled, “Does Grammar Matter on the job?” The article known as 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” inside the “Harvard Business Review.” Wiens states, “I’ve learned that people who make fewer mistakes on the grammar test also make fewer mistakes when they are doing something completely unrelated to writing-like stocking shelves or labeling parts.” In reaction, John McWhorter argued in the “New York Times” essay that grammar is just not indicative of intelligence or awareness of detail, and in many professions, just isn’t an essential skill. – Grammarly Review 

While, of course, grammar matters more in jobs related to writing than in other jobs, say for example a factory assembly line, I beg to differ that grammar has nothing to do with attention to detail. As being a book reviewer, I have come across countless poorly written books in which the grammar is atrocious. I have also seen many of these books completely lacking in any sort of attention to detail.

The entire world now has countless aspiring authors and over a million books are published annually. If an author will compete against other authors to make her or his book stand out, using a well-written book with proper grammar, all night . 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 solve grammar, spelling, and also other errors. But not all publishers, editors, or authors have the same caliber, regardless of whether the book is traditionally or independently published. And a lot of an intelligent self-published author knows enough to have his book edited and proofread to avoid errors.

I see certain grammatical mistakes being made in general in books; frequently, I have discovered split infinitives in books produced even by major publishing houses. The top known example of a split infinitive originates from the television show “Star Trek” in the famous opening “to boldly go.” Here, “to go” will be the infinitive of the verb, therefore it should not be split, although people frequently insert adverbs in the infinitive, thereby splitting it). I also frequently see subject-pronoun agreement issues. By way of example, “Everyone should decide what they want for lunch before they get to the deli counter.” In this instance, “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” which will 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. Lots of people who complain about bad grammar won’t even recognize that these examples can be harmful grammar. I was amused in reading this article at Dictionary.com that among the comments readers made-both from people that felt grammar is important in the workplace, and those who didn’t agree-many were filled up with bad grammar, and at least one person pointed this fact in her comment.

I also disagree with John McWhorter that grammar is not to do with being detail-oriented. I’ll expand a little here from grammar itself to feature spelling, pronunciation, as well as other matters related to writing and communication. I cringe after i see commercials where people use bad grammar; commercials have writers who should know better. Poor pronunciation also causes me to cringe; a single commercial I’ve seen, the business owner tells customers that his method is “guaranteed”-only he can’t pronounce “guaranteed.” He thinks the beginning 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 as well as the same problem with pronunciation. I will be 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 picked up on how the word is pronounced differently within the jingle. Obviously, attention to detail is lacking here. I am aware a little room for alteration in pronunciations exists, so I went web listened to the word pronounced at four different dictionaries and not one pronounces it the way in which he does. And even should there be two ways to pronounce it, shouldn’t the pronunciation remain consistent in the commercial? Do I are interested to buy a product from a man who for years has been unaware of how you can pronounce a word properly that they uses over and over to market his business and that he’s heard from other’s lips dozens of times, but he can’t recognize his mistake? How guaranteed is his product, really?

Such lack of attention to detail is a whole lot worse when it’s in a book. Here’s a good example of just one of countless books I have been given to review where bad grammar and bad writing also reflected not enough attention to detail. First, this type of book was filled with typos and misspellings. One that really irritated me was the writer continually referring to how he had been an “alter boy.” As being a good Catholic, he must have known how to spell “altar.” Worse, throughout the book, he couldn’t make up his mind the way to do much of anything. Whenever he referred to 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 over 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 gate like that-black post, green post, some pink stripes, then some blue polka dots-and not comprehend it looked terrible as he was done. His book sure looked terrible, plus it read horribly. A great author pays attention to information and makes sure everything is as consistent as you possibly can.

I also know authors who, unbelievably, do not think good grammar matters. They inform me “That’s why I have an editor.” And I know editors who inform me writers without good grammar are terrible writers, with no matter how hard they, as editors, work, and no matter how great the theory for the book could be, a book can only be improved a great deal by someone besides the author, and it will not be completely up to par whether or not this were not well-written to begin with.

Whether you’re an author, a salesperson, or even a factory worker, people do judge your body on its use of grammar. If you haven’t seen the movie “My Fair Lady,” it’s worth watching to illustrate how grammar will give you ahead or hold you back life. Perhaps transforming yourself coming from a flower girl all the time to part of English high society, as Eliza Doolittle does inside the film, is rather extreme on your situation, but it does show how people view you based on what comes out of your respective mouth. And they also judge yourself on what comes from your pen.

Bad grammar, bad writing, and deficiency of attention to detail are the primary reasons why self-publishing has had a bad reputation. You could get away with bad grammar at work, but you can’t pull it off when you write the sunday paper. Trust me; there are readers available who delight in finding errors and pointing them out just so they can feel superior to authors.

If you are an aspiring writer, I suggest you brush up on your grammar. It would not hurt to take a category or to read a grammar book. And by all means, find a good editor. But don’t just let your editor fix your grammar; pay attention to 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 read why, and they do not repeat the same mistakes going forward. – Grammarly Review 

It doesn’t matter what the rest of the world might say in regards to the need for good grammar, an author 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 having a dictionary and a grammar book nearby for quick reference. Do your best to produce a consistent, well-written quality product and are ahead of the crowd to produce your book be noticeable.

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