7 Cheat Sheets to Cut Editing Costs Giveaway

7 Cheat Sheets to Cut Editing Costs front coverIt’s launch day for 7 Cheat Sheets to Cut Editing Costs. I’m celebrating by having a giveaway. But first a word about commas.

If there is any one element of punctuation that gives writers more trouble, I believe it is the comma. That’s why I included a cheat sheet on punctuation in 7 Cheat Sheets.

One piece of advice I didn’t include in the book and probably should have is about the comma used between two or more consecutive adjectives before a noun. Stuff like the old gray mare she ain’t what she used to be.

Grammar books make the distinction between coordinate adjectives and [Read more…]

3 Rules on Using Commas

The Comma, a few simple guidelines on using commas

There are those of you who prefer to let editors or proofreaders worry about commas, but if you’re hiring a freelance editor or proofreader, learning some punctuation basics will save you money because he/she will spend less time fixing your manuscript.

I’ll be the first to say the rules governing the English language are confusing. I’ve often wondered why there seems to be an exception to every rule—sometimes 2 or 3.

I reference my Chicago Manual of Style regularly. I also spend time in my Grammar Desk Reference, learning the whys and wherefores of grammar so I can correctly punctuate a sentence.

Today, I’d like to give some guidelines for commas I see most misused. [Read more…]

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