Says Kristen Lamb in her blog (titled, conveniently, Kristen Lamb’s Blog), “Readers expect a good book. They expect proper grammar, punctuation and formatting that doesn’t look like it was performed by a sloth with a severe Valium addiction. These are basic, fundamental expectations…and they no longer impress people all that much.”
This is encouraging; it means that the esoteric art of using end punctuation is not yet entirely dead. However, I cannot help but wonder, Where are these people who EXPECT proper grammar, punctuation and formatting? Are these fundamental expectations only for readers of highfalutin’ Literary Fiction, or are there also a lot of readers of SF/F, for example, who still give a rodent’s backside about a story being readable?
Did I ever mention that one reviewer actually commented on how well In Siege of Daylight was edited? On one hand, I was pleased to see that, since I’m the person who edited it. 🙂 On the other hand, I was a bit disheartened, because good grammar and punctuation shouldn’t stand out as unusual.