I have always appreciated the rules of grammar. My two favorite subjects in school were Math and English. At first glance, these don't go together. One seems ruled by the right brain (creativity) and the other by the left (analytical).
Unless, that is, you crave structure and rules.
Don't get me wrong, I don't think we have to write in completely proper, Shakespearean English. You can be informal, but it's the glaring misuse of the language that will rip me out of a story. And who wants that?
This week, I published an article about apostrophes on Indie Books Gone Wild: Small But Important -- the Apostrophe. Long story short, it pointed out the significance of the small, but mighty, apostrophe. This graphic does the same thing...
If you haven't visited IBGW, please do. I am an editor there, but it is the brainchild of the lovely Jo Michaels (the editor, cover designer, and formatter of my YA novel, Chasing Memories). There are many services provided there outside of editing.
As much as I pride myself on being particular, I still had plenty for my editor to find. Plus, an editor--a good one, anyway--looks for holes in your story, inconsistency, and overall structure. At the very least, hire a proofreader. Trust me, mistakes will be found!
A traditionally published book would never make its way to a bookshelf without a professional editor. If we want people to consider purchasing our indie books, we need to play by the same rules.
How off-putting do you find poor grammar?