Saturday, June 30, 2012

"He's handsome," she said. "He's handsome", she said!

My head is spinning at the end of the day. I've seen so many strange and peculiar things happening in the basics of writing. I'm not talking about dangling modifiers and other obscure things that frighten all of us once exposed by well-meaning editors, but the very simple basics of grammar.

Recent queries from authors have included the most bizarre structure. The title above is just one of them. And not just a one-time mistake. I've read an entire manuscript with the quotation marks in quite interesting and creative places.

If you want an agent/editor to take you seriously, get a grasp of the basics of grammar, punctuation, and know how to put them together in a legible manner. Also, go to their sites and find out if they handle erotica before you tell them "I researched your site and found you to be the perfect agent for my work!" And then proceed to give an inspirational agent new lessons in "how to" graphic word by graphic word.

Does anyone do their homework anymore or more aptly put: "is there out their anyone whose listening"?

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