Friday Flash: Question

Does anyone else read blogs of other self-proclaimed writers and think, “How does this person even think they stand a chance of getting a book published when they can’t use the appropriate punctuation or know when to use words such as your/you’re and its/it’s?”

Just curious.  It was a random blog I came across (so if you’re reading this, it’s probably not you!) and I had to walk away to avoid making a comment about it.  So I came here to comment instead.

7 comments for “Friday Flash: Question

  1. October 17, 2014 at 10:50 am

    There are a lot of wannabes out there that don’t have the determination, the basic knowledge or the fortitude to educate themselves that are delusional. Having said that, I know I make mistakes too, though it’s usually a missed typo (I do edit) not because I don’t know the difference between “their” and “there”. I try to understand that when I notice one mistake. On another note, I live in a small town where even the English teacher uses improper English all the time! It drives me insane. If I never hear the word “yous” again I will die happy! Recently had one of the soccer moms send a very long email about the end of year banquet and she misused the word “there” about ten times! I disregarded the first because everyone makes mistakes, but after that, each one was like a burning brand of uneducated fire flashing in my brain. (And I edited this comment for mistakes too!)

    • October 17, 2014 at 10:58 am

      I’ll admit I’ve caught myself making a mindless typo, and I try to keep that in mind; I also obsessively read my entries and comments over and over to make sure I didn’t miss anything. I’m more critical of myself than of anyone else; but for some reason, grammar errors really make me cringe!

  2. October 17, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Sometimes, but then I remember that I never edit my posts. I write them and go back to my books. I think some people take blogging as more casual and lenient than a novel. This isn’t to say you make tons of mistakes to the point of illegibility. Still a few words missing or a slip here and there isn’t really bad. Human error happens . . . unless the author is a robot.

  3. October 17, 2014 at 9:57 am

    YES! I’ve come across a few of those. In fact I often want to advise authors (or wannabe authors) to take a grammar course already!
    My best friend’s roommate’s mother wrote a romance. My bf found a copy of it on his coffee table and read the back cover – or I should say half of the back cover. It was that bad. Anyway, we decided to look her up on Amazon. She paid a self-publisher thousands of dollars to publish her book. In her bio it said that after reading a couple of romance novels (yes, 2) she figured it wasn’t rocket science so she decided to write one of her own. The worst part? She’s thinking about doing it again.

    • October 17, 2014 at 10:06 am

      Like nails on a chalkboard…

      THAT is why I waited so long to venture into self-publishing! I was afraid that people who had come across THOSE books would think mine would be the same. Thankfully, there are a lot more good writers self-publishing these days, and if you know what you are looking for, it isn’t difficult to weed out the poorly written ones.

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