Good Grammar Makes Self-Published Books Be noticeable

Diposting oleh GrammarlyReview pada 12:13, 11-Apr-16

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

While, of course, grammar matters more in jobs associated with writing than in other jobs, such as a factory assembly line, I disagree that grammar is not to do with attention to detail. Like a book reviewer, I have seen countless poorly written books when the grammar is atrocious. I have also seen several of these books completely without any sort of attention to detail.

The globe now has countless aspiring authors and also over a million books are published each year. If an author will compete against other authors to make her or his 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 solve grammar, spelling, as well as other errors. But not all publishers, editors, or authors are of the same caliber, regardless of whether the book is traditionally or independently published. And many an intelligent self-published author knows enough to get his book edited and proofread to stop errors.

I see certain grammatical mistakes being made across the board in books; frequently, I've found split infinitives in books produced even by major publishing houses. The most effective known example of a split infinitive emanates from the television show "Star Trek" in their famous opening "to boldly go." Here, "to go" could be the infinitive of the verb, therefore it should not be split, although people frequently insert adverbs to the infinitive, thereby splitting it). Also i frequently see subject-pronoun agreement issues. As an example, "Everyone should decide what they want for lunch before they get to the deli counter." In this case, "everyone" is singular hence 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" that may then match with the plural pronoun "they."

Like i said, such errors are frequent even in traditionally published books, and well-educated people still constantly make these errors. A lot of people who complain about bad grammar won't even observe that these examples could be unhealthy grammar. I was amused in reading this content at Dictionary.com that on the list of comments readers made-both from those that felt grammar is important in the workplace, and those who didn't agree-many were full of 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 somewhat here from grammar itself to feature 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 know better. Poor pronunciation also causes me to cringe; in a single commercial I've seen, the company owner tells customers that his strategy is "guaranteed"-only he can't pronounce "guaranteed." He thinks the starting of the word rhymes with "car" rather than "care." Then a jingle occurs in which the word is pronounced properly. Marketing ebay has made numerous commercials every time it is the same "guaranteed" line and the same problem with pronunciation. We are amazed that the television station producing the ad hasn't ever 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 in the jingle. Obviously, attention to detail is lacking here. I know a little room for alteration in pronunciations exists, so I went online and listened to the word pronounced at four different dictionaries and never one pronounces it just how he does. And even if there are two ways to pronounce it, shouldn't the pronunciation be consistent in the commercial? Do I need it a product from a man who for a long time has been unaware of how to pronounce a word properly which 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 pick up on 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 not enough attention to detail. First, this kind of book was filled with typos and misspellings. The one that really irritated me was the author continually referring to how he used to be an "alter boy." Being a good Catholic, he needs to have known how to spell "altar." Worse, during the entire book, he couldn't make-up his mind the best way to do much of anything. Whenever he described 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 with a third. In one case, I saw him italicize, bold, and underline all within the same sentence, never catching on that the three mentions in 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 realize it looked terrible when he was done. His book sure looked terrible, also it read horribly. A great author pays attention to information and makes sure it is all totally as consistent as you possibly can.

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

Regardless if you are an author, a salesperson, or perhaps a factory worker, people do judge for your use of grammar. There are seen the movie "My Fair Lady," it's worth watching as an example of how grammar provide ahead or hold you in life. Perhaps transforming yourself coming from a flower girl in the pub to part of English high society, as Eliza Doolittle does within the film, is rather extreme to 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 lack of attention to detail are the primary reasons why self-publishing has had a bad reputation. You could get away with bad grammar in the workplace, 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 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. By all means, find a good editor. Along with just let your editor fix your grammar; pay attention to what the editor changes and discover from him or her (not them). Good and heavy writers pay attention to detail. They notice what their editors change, they discover why, and they do not repeat the same mistakes going forward.

Whatever the rest of the world might say regarding 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, however you should write and rewrite using a dictionary and a grammar book close by 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 be noticeable. - Grammarly Review