Today, I read a post with some tips from one of my favorite authors Wendy Higgins, author of the Sweet Trilogy—swoon (I mean soon) to be Quartet once Kaidan's POV book, Sweet Temptation, comes out—and See Me. The top 2 tips had to do with editing, which is no big surprise. It is really hard to get published (traditionally) if your grammar is messy. Even through self-publishing, readers won't trust you if they find a bunch of errors in your sample chapters, and the rest of the book.
I definitely know the importance of good grammar. My grandma, the grammarian, took great care to teach me that lesson at a young age. Also, I'm a high school student whose grades are dependent on writing intelligent and well-written papers. On top of that, I am also currently editing my friend Sierra's book, The Fifth Queen (based on The Nutcracker), and two of my own.
Online, I always use Grammarly to double check everything I do. Even if you don't use their software, the Grammarly Cards are hilarious. Below is a slightly inappropriate example.
Grammarly did a study where they studied the correlation between number of grammar errors and earnings for writing freelancers on Elance. Below is a pretty infographic, detailing the results.
I'm a self-published author (because being a college student wasn't hard enough!) and spend most of my time doing homework. I write YA multi-genre fiction for young adults or the young at heart. I love NCIS, BBC's Sherlock,
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