Pearls of #Literature on #Marketing, #Blogging, #Community & #Support, Pt. 6 #RRBC #RWISA

During our 4th Annual Writers’ Conference & Book Expo, I was scheduled to present a session on my “15 Pearls” of Literature on Marketing, Blogging, Community, and Support.  As it has worked out in the past (but won’t be the case anymore), I wasn’t able to get this session up in time but did get it done eventually – just not published.  Those who registered for that session will be getting 3 new sessions FREE during our upcoming 2020 WC&BE! 

This session on my “PEARLS…” will be shared here for all our members, in hopes that it will help in our quest to become more successful and better at marketing our work as we make connections that will benefit us professionally as well as personally.  These will be posted under our posting schedule of Mondays & Thursdays each week, in separate parts.

Welcome to Part 6!

ARE YOU PLAYING BY THE RULES OF PUBLISHING?

So, how did you fare in English 101? Did you get that evasive “A” that every overachiever chases or did you get that devilish “D” that scares most of us horribly? Well, fortunately, I am a self-proclaimed English major so we know what I was after.  I love English – I love words, and the dictionary is a book that I grew up reading as if it was my favorite novel. That being said, there is that part of English where (in my old age) I sometimes get stuck.

I admit to being a little too friendly with commas. I love commas! That’s obvious in my over-use of them sometimes. (Not very often, but, I willfully admit to having my moments).  Now, in defense of my use of commas, they keep us from running red lights, bumping head-first into each other, and, they tend to save lives – reading lives, that is, as they give us a chance to pause and breathe during those stories written by long-winded writers.  I won’t call your names, you know who you are.

When I ask are you playing by the rules of publishing, I’m referring to more than just your punctuation usage, though;  the rules of publishing go far beyond that. I mean, there are unwritten laws that, if broken, could send you spiraling straight into writers’ hell. (Yes, that’s a real place because I READ it somewhere.)

Do you write in 1st, 2nd or 3rd person consistently through-out one story, or, do you mix it up? Do you like to NOT use that comma in a salutation, such as “Hi, Harry?”  You know, there are people who are sticklers for things like that.  

But, there are those of us who go too far in breaking the rules of publishing and if you don’t know who you are, I’m pointing at you.  When you make huge mistakes and then say, “I did that intentionally,” or, “I like the way that looks,” you might be in trouble; not with the industry, but you’re making trouble for yourself. Let’s face it, some of those rules we can get away with breaking, but, others are a no-no and a definite book-kill.

Take the time to learn that which is most important in this industry, and sometimes what’s most important isn’t written in a manual – it’s listening to others and taking their good advice without defending your broken rules. Trust me, if those broken rules don’t bring you down, this industry surely will!

What rules do you tend to break in your writing?

~Nonnie Jules

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7 thoughts on “Pearls of #Literature on #Marketing, #Blogging, #Community & #Support, Pt. 6 #RRBC #RWISA”

  1. This is why a qualified and experienced editor is vital. Friends & family may pick up on glaring typos, but a savvy editor will help you polish your prose so it shines! Hail, all the editors – you guys rock!

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  2. My sister is a grammar guru. She teaches grammar to her high school students. If there is a rule she doesn’t know, she will find it and learn it. So, she is always helping me with technical writing.

    The rules don’t stick in my brain so easily, but I know when something is written incorrectly in others’ writing (in mine – not so much). I will know it’s wrong, but I can’t spit out the rule as easily as my sister. Lol!

    As writers, I feel that we have to follow certain rules if we want respect for our craft. There are certain times where we can be creative with our style, but with most story-writing, it’s best to learn the rules and follow them.

    I’ve tried to point out rules before and have been told that the author was using his/her own style, so I smiled and went on my way. If his/her readers are good with it, who am I to help? Lol!

    I have found that most authors are appreciate of the help. I know I love when someone points out an error to me. It’s one of the ways I continue to grow and strengthen my writing. 😊

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  3. It can be a challenge when you are from the U.K. living in Australia and sell 80% of your books in the U.S.A. I try to steer through the rapids of different punctuation and spelling so as not to annoy anyone!

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  4. Great post, Nonnie! I, too, have problems with commas and was brought up to use when readers stop[ for a breath. My biggest rule breaker is that I have a difficult time with verb tenses and tend to mix them frequently, sometimes in the same paragraph. Getting better in time.

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  5. Hi, Nonnie. Just like there are rules for the flow of traffic on the roadways, there are rules for writing. As indie authors, we tend to think we have the right to break these rules, and sometimes rules were made to be broken. But the basics are the basics and are there to help a reader navigate our stories. Thank you so much for this post! I find it very helpful!

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    1. I am definitely comma-challenged. An English teacher I had insisted they be used when you pause for a breath, but that really didn’t work out for me. They can really change the meaning of a sentence. Good post!

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