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The Most Common Grammar Gaffes Writers Make (and How To Avoid Them)

The Most Common Grammar Gaffes Writers Make (and How To Avoid Them)

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Self-Publish 101 know that self-publishing often means self-editing too! Unfortunately, in our hurry to get our manuscript into the hands of readers, sometimes that latter step doesn’t receive the attention it deserves. “Could have used better editing” is an all-too-common complaint about self-published works.

Unsure if that hyphen is necessary? And what about Oxford commas? Are you (like yours truly) still occasionally putting two spaces between sentences? Author Guy Kawasaki has ten tips that will help you spot mistakes before your audience does.

Via LifeHacker

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Posted by on January 3, 2013 in Editing, Self Publishing, writing

 

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“I have long been compelled to write this book because I have discovered solidarity with my fellow second-generation Christians as we search for authentic faith. Children of the church live in a paradox between the biblical knowledge in our heads and the wanderlust in our hearts. Ours is a misunderstood struggle, unknown to those who have been dramatically rescued from enslavement to the world, their faith still fresh.” emphasis mine.

Pilgrim Strong

A few months ago, a pastor/author I’d never heard of contacted me and asked if I’d consider reviewing a book he’d written before it hit the market.

The book’s topic about owning your Christian faith sounded interesting enough, so I said sure,Prepositional phrase and maybe he could reciprocate some time. No problem, he responded, and a virtual handshake deal was done.

A few days later the book arrived, and I carved out some time to give it a thorough read. Just into page two, this paragraph screamed:

“I have long been compelled to write this book because I have discovered solidarity with my fellow second-generation Christians as we search for authentic faith. Children of the church live in a paradoxbetween the biblical knowledge in our heads and the wanderlust in our hearts. Ours is a misunderstood struggle, unknown to those who have been dramatically rescued from enslavement…

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