This presentation will explain why those in the publishing industry consider proper grammar so crucial, literary agentsâ€™ biggest grammar pet peeves, and the most common errors writers make. It will also bust open some grammar error myths. (We may be more grammatically correct than we think!) Attendees should feel free to come prepared with their grammar questions, and be ready to experience the romantic side of grammar.
Author Jenny Baranick is an English professor whose students canâ€™t believe sheâ€™s actually that into grammar. Upon realizing that proper grammar was becoming an endangered species, raising grammar awareness became Jennyâ€™s raison d’Ãªtre. By spreading her remarkably user-friendly and hilarious approach to grammar in Missed Periods and Other Grammar Scares, she hopes everyone will experience the satisfaction of a properly placed comma, a precisely used semicolon, and a correctly deployed en dash.
Afternoon Session: Sharon Hamilton â€œWhat to Love about Writing Military Heroesâ€
Sharonâ€™s award-winning spicy Navy SEAL stories in the SEAL Brotherhood series, have consistently made best sellers lists and review sites. Her characters follow a sometimes rocky road to redemption through passion and true love.
Her Golden Vampires of Tuscany are not like any vamps youâ€™ve read before, since they donâ€™t go to ground and can walk around in the full light of the sun.
Her Guardian Angels struggle with the human charges they are sent to save, often escaping their vanilla world of Heaven for the brief human one. You wonâ€™t find any of these beings in any Sunday school class.
She lives in Sonoma County, California with her husband, and two Dobermans. A lifelong organic gardener, when sheâ€™s not writing, sheâ€™s getting vera vera dirty in the mud, or wandering Farmerâ€™s Markets looking for new Heirloom varieties of vegetables and flowers.