Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Edit or Regret It

Editing Children's Literature

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Many a writer of children's literature has felt that since their story is just 800 words self-editing is fine. However, my view is that a second set of eyes never hurts. And if just one errant comma or apostrophe or typo is caught before publication, well, hallelujah.

 Bad punctuation can break hearts...

"I'm sorry I love you." versus "I'm sorry. I love you."

Many teachers, parents, and librarians who purchase books for kids will ditch a book for a single typo, or a grammatical error. After all, little knowledge-sponges that they are, their children are learning to read. So let's start them off right.

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Oftentimes, grammar checking software like Grammarly can come in handy to catch any commonly used, but incorrect vernacular, that has slipped into your story. These include words such as irregardless instead of regardless, drug instead of dragged, I could care less instead of I couldn't care less... 

When it comes to spelling however, there are many oversights as this poem illustrates. Read the whole thing here.

I have a spelling checker,
It came with my PC.
It plane lee marks four my revue
Miss steaks aye can knot sea.
Eye ran this poem threw it,
Your sure reel glad two no.
Its vary polished in it's weigh.
My checker tolled me sew.
A checker is a bless sing,
It freeze yew lodes of thyme.
It helps me right awl stiles two reed,
         And aides me when eye rime.  


Commas save lives...

"Let's eat grandma." versus "Let's eat, Grandma."

It's preferable for your editor to have a specialty in children's literature, not essential, but preferable. Often, your editor will bring more to the manuscript than spelling and grammar. They may offer insightful advice on plot, timing, characterization, consistency, and more.  



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