Grammar tips
“Myself” is not a substitute for “I”
On April 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

In last week’s post, I explained when to use the pronouns “I” vs. “me.” Today, I’d like to discuss when to use the pronoun “myself,” which I’ve been hearing used incorrectly quite a bit. Following are some common examples of how I hear “myself” used incorrectly: WHAT THEY SAY: He met with George and myself (INCORRECT) […]

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I vs. Me
On April 6, 2015 | 4 Comments

I often hear people use the pronoun “I” when they should be using “me.” Here’s a quick lesson on the difference between the two. “I” is a subject pronoun, which means it should be used only when you, the speaker, are the subject of the sentence, i.e., that you are DOING something. For example: Yesterday I decided […]

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Grammar tip: Don’t overcapitalize
On March 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

In last week’s post, I discussed a grammatical error authors tend to make when writing their own bios. Another common mistake I see in author bios is the capitalization of the titles they hold/held in their current or previous day jobs. No matter who publishes our books, we authors typically write our own bios, especially those that go […]

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Grammar tip: Who vs. that
On March 23, 2015 | 1 Comments

No matter who publishes our books, we authors typically write our own bios, especially those that go on our websites, LinkedIn profiles, Facebook pages, and so on. I read a lot of them that begin something like this: Jane Doe is a nurse that always wanted to write a book, so one day she decided to […]

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Misuse of pronouns
On December 15, 2014 | 1 Comments

Earlier this year I was obsessed with the World Cup. Did you watch any games? I also love the Olympics, and I spent a good chunk of February sitting on my couch watching the events – so fun! I love cheering on the athletes, no matter what their nationality, and it’s entertaining to hear the […]

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IT’S just an apostrophe, but don’t discount ITS importance
On September 9, 2014 | 3 Comments

I receive a lot of email from authors who have questions about how to market their books. When the emails are well-written, I naturally assume that their books are probably also well-written. I know we’re never supposed to assume anything, but if the authors show attention to detail in their emails to me, it seems […]

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It’s vs. Its, You’re vs. Your
On April 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

A couple posts back, I clarified the difference between “there,” “they’re” and “their.” Today, I’d like to address two additional common mix-ups: 1.  It’s vs. Its It’s means IT IS: My parents told me it’s time to go home now. From the look of those dark clouds, I think it’s about to start raining. It’s time to […]

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“There” vs. “they’re” vs. “their”
On April 1, 2014 | 1 Comments

Today, I’d like to address another common grammar mix-up. Fancy parts of speech aside, here is the difference between “there,” “they’re” and “their.” There refers to a LOCATION He is over there, next to the girl in the yellow dress. You’re going to Spain? I went there last year and loved it. Are you from California? […]

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Why good grammar matters
On December 16, 2013 | 4 Comments

I attended a women’s conference last year and met a pleasant career coach who helps her clients determine their ideal jobs. She also works with résumés, interview preparations, etc. We exchanged business cards, and she added me to her newsletter mailing list. She is likely very good at helping people identify career paths that are […]

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Use adverbs sparingly, especially in dialogue
On November 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Adverbs are words used to modify verbs or adjectives. For example: He is highly paid. She reacted negatively. We cheered wildly. She is extremely friendly. (A trick to identifying adverbs is that they can’t stand alone. You can say “She is friendly,” but you can’t say “She is extremely.”)     Adverbs can add great color to your […]

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