Apr 11, 2016 · 6 min read

Good Grammar Makes Self-Published Books Be noticeable

Recently, ran an appealing article titled, “Does Grammar Matter in the office?” The article referred to Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit and founding father of Dozuki, who wrote articles called “I Won’t Hire Those who Use Poor Grammar” within the “Harvard Business Review.” Wiens states, “I’ve discovered that people who make fewer mistakes on a grammar test also make fewer mistakes when they are doing something completely unrelated to writing-like stocking shelves or labeling parts.” In response, John McWhorter argued in a “New York Times” essay that grammar is not indicative of intelligence or awareness of detail, and in many professions, just isn’t an essential skill. — Grammarly Review

While, needless to say, grammar matters more in jobs associated with writing than in other jobs, like a factory assembly line, I disagree that grammar is not to do with attention to detail. As a book reviewer, I have seen countless poorly written books the location where the grammar is atrocious. I have also seen several books completely without any sort of attention to detail.

The entire world now has countless aspiring authors well as over a million books are published yearly. If an author will probably compete against the rest of the authors to make their book stand out, having 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 are usually better than many self-published books because publishers have editors to correct grammar, spelling, and 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 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 in general in books; frequently, I have found split infinitives in books produced even by major publishing houses. The top known example of a split infinitive arises from the television show “Star Trek” in its famous opening “to boldly go.” Here, “to go” will be the infinitive of the verb, so it should not be split, however frequently insert adverbs in to 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 cases like this, “everyone” is singular hence the pronouns should also be singular. As an alternative to “they” should be used “he,” “she,” or “he or she.” Or “everyone” must be replaced with a plural word like “people” that will then match with the plural pronoun “they.”

As 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 notice that these examples could be unhealthy grammar. I was amused in reading this content at 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 with bad grammar, and at least one person pointed this fact in her comment.

I also disagree with John McWhorter that grammar has nothing to do with being detail-oriented. I’ll expand a bit here from grammar itself to incorporate spelling, pronunciation, and other matters related to writing and communication. I cringe after i see commercials where individuals use bad grammar; commercials have writers who should know about better. Poor pronunciation also causes me to cringe; in a 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 comes on in which the word is pronounced properly. E-commerce has made numerous commercials and every time it is the same “guaranteed” line along with the same problem with pronunciation. I am amazed that the television station producing the ad has not told the business owner that he’s mispronouncing the word, and I also am amazed that the business owner has never grasped how the word is pronounced differently inside the jingle. Obviously, attention to detail is lacking here. I realize a little room for improvement in pronunciations exists, so I went on the web and listened to the word pronounced at four different dictionaries instead of one pronounces it just how he does. And even should there be two ways to pronounce it, shouldn’t the pronunciation consistency in the commercial? Do I want to buy a product from a man who for a long time has been unaware of how to pronounce a word properly 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 detect his mistake? How guaranteed is his product, really?

Such not enough attention to detail is even worse when it’s in a book. Here’s an 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 particular book was stuffed with typos and misspellings. One which really irritated me was the writer continually referring to how he was once an “alter boy.” As a good Catholic, he really should 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 known a book or film, he’d 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 growing that the three mentions from 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 understand it looked terrible while he was done. His book sure looked terrible, also it read horribly. A fantastic author pays attention to the important points and makes sure things are all as consistent as possible.

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

If you are an author, a salesperson, or a factory worker, people do judge for your use of grammar. You will find 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 from the film, is rather extreme for the situation, but it does show how people view you based on what comes out of your mouth. And they also judge you on what comes from your pen.

Bad grammar, bad writing, and deficiency of attention to detail include 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 a magazine. Trust me; there are readers around who delight in finding errors and pointing them out so that they can feel finer quality than authors.

If you are an aspiring writer, You ought to brush up on your grammar. It can’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; look closely at what the editor changes and discover from him or her (not them). Good and serious writers pay attention to detail. They notice what their editors change, they learn 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 category of every part of speech, nevertheless, you should write and rewrite which has a dictionary and a grammar book near by for quick reference. Do your very best self to produce a consistent, well-written quality product and are ahead of the crowd to produce your book be noticeable. — Grammarly Review

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