Mary Tudor loved her half-baby sister.
His eyes rolled across the kitchen, muttering.
Roxanne’s heart trashed against her ribs.
Albert rubbed his chin with furrowed brows.
The above examples all appeared in indie-published novels. Identifying details have been changed so as to avoid slapping any author in the face, but I assure you, those highlighted words are the only words I changed in those sentences. All of them are grammatically correct sentences, but the picture they make in a reader’s mind is surely not what their authors intended. And every one of these problems can easily be fixed by any author. All it takes is will and the desire to put your very best effort out there. (And in fact, if you are ever putting out something you know is not your best effort—shame on you!)
No one is making you write. No one is making you publish. These are choices, and the ability to self-publish is in the hands of the authors in ways it never was before!
With great power comes great responsibility. So, no fair whining about what you can’t do, because you can in fact do anything you choose to do, and no one can write and edit your story better than you can. No one!
copyright Susan Dexter 2015