Thursday, October 27, 2011

Write Right

Everyone wants to write, right? And, it’s why you’ll see some offerings in e-books that aren’t quite the best. OK, there are some horrendous offerings out there. While we can all be wonderful storytellers, getting it all on paper is the easy part. Getting it right, not so much.

The truth is, however, that traditionally published books also pack a few typos and grammatical errors here and there – even with a team of proofreaders and editors. Some bestselling authors even go against all the rules and litter their works with all the bad things we’re warned not to do. (Namely, the overuse of adverbs – those words ending in “ly.”)

It’s never wise to point fingers, though. Because sooner or later, even the best books get a low rating. In many cases, it’s simply because readers picked up a book that they didn’t “get.” Perhaps it took a turn into territories they don’t care for; it might have been for the use of a four-letter word(s), too much gore; shocking descriptions, and so on.

Should you depend on reader reviews? Probably, but not always. Consider the source. As in art, the story's quality is often in the "mind" of the beholder.

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