Grammar – I have noted many different authors and readers see Grammar as something different. Is it spelling errors, comma type errors or using the incorrect word – like being or been. These two I was for ever mixing up and I probably still do
Now my main issue with Grammar is about the country you are from or living in. Each English-speaking country has a slightly different system, meaning in a book review, unless they know previously, an author may get remarks on their Grammar.
Well drat. I’m British and I live in New Zealand. I’ve read books from UK, USA and NZ authors, it is no wonder my own Grammar is messed up. I must admit one of the things I really dislike (from traditional publishing houses) is finding an English Historical book – Regency Romance – written with American spelling. There was no American Spelling in Britain in 1812, it makes a book look …unprofessional – in my opinion .
A book written in English History should be in English. In fact books written about England or based in England should be in UK English. Dialects meanwhile should be about where a character is from. I stopped reading the Regency books, the American spelling in a none American book irritated me far too much. It is another reason I love reading Indie Author books, because we can write in our English which to me makes great sense. However, we do need to let our readers know which English the book is written in.
Going on to comma’s etc, I find to many are used in American English. I find some of them puzzling. I was taught to either use a comma or the word AND when you take a breath. Since then I have learnt to use comma’s a little bit more – What I love about my editor is seeing how things should be. Most I do agree with, some I don’t, however it is an eye-opener to be sure. This new thing with a comma plus AND is weird, though I’m getting used to it now.
Fullstops – A period to the US authors. What a laugh I had working that one out the very first time. Why is it considered correct to use only one space after a full stop? Is it a space-saving exercise from tradition publishing? I find it odd, and certainly don’t like it. I was taught two spaces after a fullstop. At least now I know how to remedy this after a draft is finished. What do Indie Author’s think about this?
Speech marks is another one I have issues with. Most authors use “ which is of course correct, some use what I call quote marks ‘ Why? Still haven’t found out, though if someone could enlighten me, I’d be delighted to know.
FACEBOOK – I post like anyone else, and one thing I dislike being told in public I have an error. I generally don’t care, after all it’s Facebook. I like to chat and post things more quickly. Some work is draft work or just for fun. Does one really need to edit. I only edit when I think it is necessary. If anyone finds an error though, please don’t post for all to see…PM me. I do check my blog posts. Though still miss things. So now is the time to comment on my grammar. I am sure some is incorrect in places…
There are so many ways to write, so much to learn and build on. My learning curve is extending, though I still write in easy English. I have no idea what the average reading age in most English-speaking countries are. How much does a reader notice on grammar, the none professional, the ones who pick up a book to read because they can, because they enjoyed the series…?
On a personal level I’ve had some good reviews yet the same book in another country mentioned copy-editing. This goes to show how different readers read.
Comments welcome. I love to learn.