Improving Our Craft

Always on the lookout for ways to get better at what we do, I’ve endeavored a series of posts here that I hope will provide some great insights and thought provocation where our craft is concerned. How does the old saying go? If the shoe fits … Drink deeply! Mark Twain once said, "I didn't have…

Who Needs an Editor? You!

There is just no getting around this truth, author: you need an editor. If I got a nickel for every typo or mistaken word choice that has been found in finished manuscripts, I'd be on my way to wealth. And a good number of those have been in my own manuscripts. I was recently hired to…

Help! Grammar Man!

(Call this a getting ready for the start of baseball season edition.) "Playing right field, number 18, Shane Victorino!" You know what happens next. The sound system thunders out the Flyin' Hawaiian's walk-up music. Then thousands of voices unite to sing along with Bob Marley, the familiar refrain, "Every little thing is gonna be alright!"…

Help! Grammar Man!

Health Inspectors mandate that signs be posted in restaurant and grocery store restrooms reminding employees to wash their hands before returning to work. Misplace the sign, and the establishment will be fined. Misspell the sign, and, well ... it becomes a job for Grammar Man! The Case of There, Their, They're Confusion. There, there! It…