Author Darian Wilk has just released her new book, Reinventing Claire, and it is FREE on Amazon (click on the picture) through tomorrow. This is a terrific story about a woman going through a surprise divorce. Reinventing Claire will have you laughing and crying at the same time. I highly recommend it!
I have been called lots of names because I have some serious pet peeves when it comes to the English language. Over time, I will try to explain them and perhaps you can learn a few things! Today's Pet Peeve is the improper use of apostrophes. I see so many signs (especially in the grocery store) that include an apostrophe (') to indicate the plural form of a noun. For example, "banana's." EEEEEK! I swear, it gives me a rash! If you feel the need to use an apostrophe, please make sure it is to indicate the possessive form of the noun. Do the bananas own something? If so, tell me!
Another big error is to use the apostrophe to indicate more than one person in a family: "The Burke's are having a great party tonight." NOPE. Let's try it this way: "The Burkes are having a great party tonight." or if you insist on using the apostrophe: "Let's go to Mr. and Mrs. Burke's party tonight!" BTW, I need a good party!
Please don't consider these criticisms, but lessons from a perfectionist. In the long run, some simple rules will make you look really smart! Your feedback and more examples are appreciated. I especially have fun with signs, so if you see any good ones, I'll post the pictures!
“You cannot eliminate the need for a copyeditor.” – Guy Kawasaki, Author
A copy editor should be one of the many pairs of eyes that review your manuscript before submitting it for publication. I have read approximately 250 books since I received a Kindle for Christmas 2012. In 90% of these books, I have found multiple errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation and consistency. For example, in Chapter One of one book (that shall remain unnamed), the heroine was described as being seventeen years old. By the end of the book, in a span of approximately two weeks, she was nineteen. This kind of simple mistake can be extremely annoying to your reader! It can also distract from the plot and the overall message!
Even if you only ask a friend to read over the manuscript, not all errors will be found. As an author, you must engage the services of a proofreader or copy editor to perfect your writing. Not all mistakes will be caught by Spell Check or Grammar Check!
I love to read, but I hate errors! Join me in the pursuit of literary perfection!