I've written more than once in this space about the maddening (yet seemingly ubiquitous) trend of using "I" when "me" is the correct pronoun. If presidential candidates can't even get it right, I wonder what hope there is for my good grammar crusade. But I refuse to give up!
While not as common as the I/me error, nearly every day I hear someone make a similar mistake regarding she/her and he/him. Here's a refresher lesson about the difference:
"He" and "she"…Continue
Yesterday I received a rather desperate email newsletter from an indie author in which he essentially begged for people to review his book on Amazon. I empathized with him because I know firsthand how difficult and frustrating it can be to get reviews, especially for self-published books. But then the author did something that made my jaw drop, and not in a good way. In his plea he encouraged us to give his book a positive review--even if we hadn't read it!
In my last post addressed how using too many exclamation marks in dialogue can negatively affect the reader's experience. To catch the issue, I suggested that authors read their dialogue out loud.
While that was a post was about an overuse issue, reading your work –- not just dialogue -- out loud can also help identify another common problem I see in…Continue
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.