Grammar has been on my mind a lot lately because a group I belong to has been discussing the bad grammar and typos that are so common in indie published books. A rating system might come out of the discussion or it might not. Either way, the subject of grammar in independently published work is a valid one. Perhaps it’s hugely important because so many writers who are also indie publishers don’t vet their work carefully.
I doubt that anyone minds a stray typo or a bad sentence. But when an entire book is so filled with mistakes, some of which must be due to carelessness rather than a lack of knowledge of proper English usage, then that book gives all of indie publishing a bad name. It speaks to how lazy some writers are.
There are readers out there who refuse to buy or to read a book unless it’s been published by a publishing house simply because publishers make sure their books have been edited for grammar. Books with a publisher’s imprint on them tell potential readers that bad grammar won’t pull them away from the story.
That’s a sad statement about the grammar found in many indie written and published books.
I’ll continue following the discussion about grammar until it either peters out or turns into a system for vetting indie published work. I’ll let you know if a system results. If so, I’ll do my best to advertise it because anything that validates an indie author’s work so readers will know what they will be getting is a good thing.
I don’t want to see a future in which indie authors lose credibility.