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Suggested Reading

September 30, 2013
Posted at 1:11 am
Updated: October 3, 2013 - 7:04 am

Just for fun, and having a little time to spare, I've been flicking through the 'Suggested Reading' on the SoL Home Page. I'm just amazed at how many of the authors 'blurbs' have mistakes in them.

Surely, if you have just one paragraph to grab a reader, and convince them to read your story, it's worth a little effort. Missing words, the usual homophones, the odd typo or three, missing apostrophes, don't these people ever read what they've written? Is it just too much trouble? Do they care so little about their readers? Are they just semi-literate? Why should I care?

The answer to that third question, is that I was always brought up to believe that if a job was worth doing, it was worth doing well. Leaving mistakes in the 'blurb' isn't an invitation to read a story, it's an invitation to click away, as you know the story would be full of errors too, so the author's job has not been done well.

I suppose I'm just trying to persuade some of the authors to take a bit more care, and maybe to go back and right a few wrongs. The words 'flogging' and 'dead horse' come to mind.