You’ve written your book, and it’s sitting on Amazon or Barnes & Nobels not selling. Ever wonder why? You may not be marketing as you should, or your book could have not been written well. “I’ve had it edited,” you say. “My great-aunt who taught school when I was growing up edited it.” Really? Grammar and punctuation rules change constantly. What used to be good is not longer what we use today. We still have to write good books with good grammar.
The way we talk has changed recently. A lot of words we use now had never been thought of twenty or thirty years ago. I’d never thought about a text message. It confuses most authors how to write a text message. We use a different font that will stand out, but still be something printers will use. Not all the fonts on a computer are used by every computer.
What about over used words? There are so many I am seeing now. When I began writing, I used “just” in about every sentence. It was my weasel word. It helped to get more words on my page, but it is also bad writing grammar.
Another word that can be left out in most instances is “that.” I liked to use “that” when I first started writing also. It said what I wanted to say instead of using the correct word. My first book was a historical romance. I remember using “I like that tree.” Instead it would be better to say, “I like the tree with the forked branch.” It defined the tree I was talking about. Try to eliminate “that” as much as you can.
The word I’m seeing used a lot by younger authors is, “so.” The word so is fine in some instances, but to begin a sentence with, “So what do you think?” is not proper. “What do you think?” is so much more mature writing. You may talk that way, but readers would rather not have “so” beginning a sentence.
Writing is thinking. Think about your word structure, the words you use constantly, and proper English. Your writing and sales will improve.
Have a blessed day.
Kathy Cretsinger, Mantle Rock Publishing LLC