Publishing … And OTHER STYLES Of Insanity

Every writer understands that sentence structure and spelling mistakes are the kiss of loss of life in a manuscript. That’s why we hire professional editors and send our manuscripts to proofreaders. What writers don’t realize is that making simple mistakes in a query letter, or a submission, or even in a post will set you back in your career. I’m not talking about spelling the term “supersede” wrong. In the end, it’s the most misspelled word in the English language, and it’s likely that your agent won’t learn how to spell it either.

I am talking about a little term. Apostrophes are used in plurals never, either. As an editor, the misuse of it’s being the most typical error I run into. And I could say without hesitation an apostrophe in the incorrect framework is a catastrophe. I am informed by it that you don’t know your build.

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Here are various other mistakes I frequently encounter. Lay versus Lie. People with degrees in English understand this incorrect Even. Lie is an intransitive verb. Which means an object can’t be used because of it. “I lay down every afternoon.” Lay is a transitive verb (will take an object). “Stop squirming and lay your mind on that block!” is correct. But confusion occurs, we launch into the past tense once. The past tense of lie is lay. “I lay down after dinner yesterday evening” is fine.

So, what is the past tense of place? Why lay, of course. Affect versus Effect. This is another way to obtain confusion. Affect is a verb. Storms make a difference crops. Effect is a noun. For instance, “The result of the storms was devastating.” Now, is where it gets dicey here. Affect is also a noun meaning “emotion.” “The individual was devoid of affect.” And influence (you guessed it!) is also a noun with a and therefore has nothing in connection with the verb. For instance, tomorrow “You can grab your results.” Both of these uses are believed somewhat formal.

Further versus Farther. Nothing could be simpler: farther identifies distance, and additional identifies time. But in the UK, further can be used for distance. Me I versus. The object of the preposition is the object case, not subject case. Let’s keep this between me and you, not you and I. Whoa!

What about “Me and Julio down by the schoolyard”? I am being used as a topic in that phrase, which, despite appearing in a famous melody, is dead wrong. You can invert cases when you are chatting with friends and family but don’t put it on paper. “Like” is for comparing nouns. “As though” is perfect for verb phrases. I could become you, but we can’t become nothing matters.