by M Sanchez
(Wailuku, Hawaii, USA)

Question: What are some common grammatical mistakes made while making a book?

Answer: This is a huge topic, which whole books have been written about.

If you're looking for ways to improve your grammar, you might check out books such as...

Elements of Style
The Transitive Vampire
Eats, Shoots and Leaves

Of course, your big concern is not which grammar errors are common but which ones you personally tend to make. Taking writing classes or just showing your writing to a friend who knows their grammar and is willing to point out your mistakes can help. Critique groups can help too.

Careful proofreading is essential for query letters and manuscripts, because you want your work to look professional, yet it is harder to spot mistakes in one's own writing. So find someone who will proofread for you.

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