Do you have a draft of your novel or short story and are thinking of submitting to an agent, publisher or writing contest? My series called Before You Submit might help. This series contains hints and tips I’ve received from professionals in the publishing industry. Each week I’ll share a new tip.
This week I’m going to highlight advice I received last week when I posted my blog. One reader kindly pointed out my mistake, and to me it re-enforces how important it is to have someone else edit my work before submitting the words. Of course, I don’t have an editor for the blog, so I’m on my own.
The rule I broke: Plural and singular must match in a sentence.
The sentence containing my error was:
As usual, this advice is coming from an editor who knows what they are talking about.
If it’s not clear whether the editor is female or male, the corrected sentence is:
As usual, this advice is coming from an editor who knows what he/she is talking about.
I know the editor was a female. so I could also have written:
As usual, this advice is coming from an editor who knows what she is talking about.
I mixed the singular ‘an editor’ with the plural ‘they’. Even at this stage I’m making errors when I know better.
I hope this helps improve your writing.
See Before You Submit:Likeable Characters for the first blog in this series and an introduction the benefits of submitting even if you get a rejection letter.
Thanks for reading . . .