If you're an aspiring author, get ready to hear the following question approximately 10 billion times:
"What's your book about?"
As you already know if you've already written a book, pretty much everyone and anyone in your life will ask you that question, from people you know well to people you just met in the waiting room at your dentist's office. So it's really important to be able to answer it quickly.
Short and sweet.
Make it count.
On the heels of my post about when to use "who" vs. "that," today I thought I'd address an equally thorny differentiation: "that" vs. "which."
Mind you, somehow I managed to receive a degree in English without learning the difference between "that" and "which," so don't feel bad if you have no clue. It wasn't until I was in graduate school that my friend Debbie laid it out for…Continue
I see a lot of capitalization errors, but one of the most common is regarding family members, especially parents. Here's a refresher on the rule:
If the "Mom/mom" or "Dad/dad" is replacing the name of the person, then capitalize it because it's a proper noun. If it's replacing the title of the person, leave it in lowercase.
For example, let's say you're speaking to your sister about your parents, whose names are Gloria and Dale:
Many debut authors don't know what to put in their bios. That's understandable! In fact, I recently met a debut novelist--I'll call her Lucy--whose bio at the end of her book was one line long. It said exactly this:
This is Lucy's first novel. She lives in San Francisco.
She laughed and said she knew it wasn't much, but she had no idea what else to write. She had't won any awards. She'd never written anything before. She didn't feel she had…Continue