Hi, I'm Ray Evans. I'm a certified copyeditor and proofreader.
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Are you an independent fiction author? Well, my dear friend, In this blog post, I will explain why grammar matters and why your readers will thank you for caring about it.
1. Clarity: The first reason why grammar matters is that it provides clarity to your writing.
If your writing is full of grammatical errors, your readers will have a hard time understanding what
you are trying to say. It's like trying to have a conversation with someone who speaks in a language
that you don't understand. So, if you want your readers to understand your story, make sure your
grammar is on point.
2. Professionalism: Grammar also adds a level of professionalism to your writing. If you want to be
taken seriously as a writer, you need to present yourself in a professional manner. Nothing says
"amateur" like a manuscript full of grammar mistakes.
3. Attention to Detail: By taking care of your grammar, you show your readers that you care about the
details. When you put effort into your writing, it shows. Your readers will appreciate the extra effort
you put in to make your manuscript the best it can be.
4. You Build Trust: When your readers see that you have taken care to ensure
your manuscript is error-free, they will trust you as a writer. Trust is essential
in the writing industry. If your readers don't trust you, they won't read your next book.
5. Keeps Your Readers Engaged: If your readers are continually being distracted by grammatical errors, they won't be fully engaged in your story. You want your readers to be fully immersed in your writing. So, take the time to make sure your grammar is correct.
6. It Shows You Respect Your Readers: Your readers are taking the time to read your story. Respect their time and effort by presenting them with a well-written manuscript. Your readers will thank you for it.
In conclusion, grammar matters, and your readers will thank you for caring about it.
By ensuring your manuscript is error-free, you provide clarity, professionalism,
attention to detail, build trust, and keep your readers engaged.
So, take the time to self-edit your work.
I know that you're a spectacular wordsmith, but there's no shame in admitting
that you're not an expert in grammar.
Many independent fiction authors hire proofreaders and copyeditors to
ensure their manuscript is error-free.