5Ws Magazine One - Page 13

it to be as much in demand in Japan as it is in the UK. Writing your book in clear and unequivocal English will increase your audience to include people for whom English is not their native tongue. It will improve the quality of translations, should your book become a best seller. It makes sure that the heart and soul of your book is retained, regardless of the language. Good Grammar is not something just for school or for exams, it is a means of engaging the reader, pulling them inexorably from one sentence to the next, so that they stay absorbed in your story. If, paragraph after paragraph, they find themselves stumbling (constantly having to look back at earlier pages to try and guess what you mean), they will either stop reading or, after struggling to the end, go out of their way to write an unflattering reviews! Some of this is just common sense. It is not an attempt to frustrate or alter your creative style. Perhaps staccato and disjointed non-sentences proclaim your artistic worth to the world and people will find it refreshing… Who can deny that some very badly written books made millions for their authors. In literature there are no absolutes. A badly written book can still become a huge success if it has a ‘gimmick’ and enough quality marketing. However, marketing is very expensive and promoting any book is going to be a lot easier if it is well-written. One common example of bad punctuation in writing English is the liberal usage of colons and semi-colons in the average manuscript we receive. What follows is what one of our proof-readers was driven to write on http://writeknowhow.co.uk/