Guest Post at Author Jeff Bennington's Blog

I should have posted this yesterday, but somehow I didn't get around to it. Author Jeff Bennington was kind enough to offer me the use of his blog for a day. Stop by and check out my guest post, "Is It Worth the Risk?" In my post I take a look at Amazon reportedly pulling books due to quality issues and the implications of those actions for self-published authors.

On Vacation

I'm taking the next two weeks off from giving grammar and style tips. Look for them to return Monday, October 24.

***Updated 10-17-11***

Author Jarrett Rush Interviews Me

I'm not going to post a writing tip today. Instead, I ask that you stop by author Jarrett Rush's blog to read an interview he conducted with me. Please feel free to come by and say hi! Here's the link: http://jarrettwrites.blogspot.com/2011/10/get-to-know-neal-hock.html.

Style for Miscellaneous Titles

In runnig text, titles of blogs, books, periodicals, movies, albums, and television series are all set in italics. Titles of individual blog posts, articles, television shows, songs, and short stories are set in roman type and enclosed in quotation marks. Television network names are set in roman type without quotation marks. General titles of websites are set in roman type without quotation marks; individual pages or sections of websites are set in roman type and enclosed in quotation marks.
  • Animal Planet is one of my favorite TV stations.
  • One of my all-time favorite books is Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
  • My wife’s favorite television show is Modern Family.
  • Bookhound’s Den is my book-review blog.
  • “The Tell-Tale Heart” is my favorite Poe story.

'Til or Till?

The form til is commonly used in casual writing, but if you’re writing for publication, the preferred word is till, the perfectly acceptable preposition and conjunction. It’s rather peculiar that til has become common in casual writing. Some people may believe that it’s a contraction of until, but that simply doesn’t stand up when you look at age of the words. Till is older than until, so there has never been a reason to contract until, since till was already available. If you’re writing to self-publish or to submit to publishers, you should cast aside the form til and use the perfectly established forms of till and until.
  • She won’t be home till four o’clock.
  • Wait until he finishes using the hammer.
  • I stood there till my legs couldn’t take any more.
  • Until you listen, you’ll never understand.
  • I’m going to party till the cows come home.