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Bennies Of Self-Publishing: I Get To Play By My Own Rules

I get to make up words…

…and invent my own punctuation rules…

…And write the titles the way I want them.

It’s fun!

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Commas, Man.

We’re all writers or readers here, so we all know where I’m going with this.  You’ve no doubt run across passages while reading where a comma has been tragically omitted or inserted where it had no place being or not being.

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Here’s a shining example of a piece of text that really could have used three commas and some accessories, like an “and” or an “or” between the pregnant and the children.  Sure, it’s just a sign, not literature.  But it gets the point across, and I really don’t want to go citing passage like this from a fellow author without giving him or her a heads up quietly first to allow revision. Because let’s face it, critics can be cruel in reviews at times.  I really don’t want to go out of my way to provide ammunition in public.  Or in private — let reviewers find their own ammunition.  They definitely will, and the majority of them can spot a massive punctuation error very well without aid, thankyouverymuch.

Just for the heck of it, and because what I had to say today didn’t take much saying, I’m going to leave a couple more examples of various errors — actual and contrived — here for your viewing pleasure.  Enjoy!

Poor kids!

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I find the Oxford comma is the best choice in most situations.

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Of course, there is fertile ground for error beyond the comma.

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George Carlin verbally illustrates the consequences of screwing up a comma.

CAUTION: if “George Carlin” wasn’t warning enough, THIS VIDEO CONTAINS NOT SAFE FOR WORK LANGUAGE.

     And finally, here’s a link to “25 Unfortunate Sentences That Could Really Use A Comma” at Hypervocal — and, thankfully, it is NOT a slideshow.

If there’s anything I dislike more than a sentence tragically destroyed by an error of grammar, it’s a slideshow on the internet.