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message 1: by Tom (new)

Tom Conrad (tom_conrad) | 28 comments Mod
Leave your book Plugs here please (like this).

My new novella That Semicolon Bitch Had To Die.... By Tom Conrad.

Is available on Amazon/Kindle:

UK http://amzn.to/QvF8ss

US http://amzn.to/QwmiVI


message 2: by Maria (new)

Maria Hammarblad (mariahammarblad) | 5 comments My new book was filled with beautiful semicolons until my editor made me take them out. She also stole most of my exclamation marks. I don't know if it made it better or worse. (LOL)

What's your stand on exclamation marks? I think they can be used for emphasis, not just when people shout at each other...?

Undercover by Maria Hammarblad, for Kindle: http://amzn.com/B0098TGWTW


message 3: by Tom (last edited Sep 11, 2012 12:03PM) (new)

Tom Conrad (tom_conrad) | 28 comments Mod
Hi Maria,

thanks for joining. I used a fair few exclamation marks in my début novel, Rich Pickings For Ravens, but not one solitary semicolon. It's what inspired my latest novella, That Semicolon Bitch Had To Die.... I realised I hadn't used them, wondered why I didn't - because I do know how to use them. I started to write it, found that quote by Kurt Vonnegut and here I am.

I totally agree though, exclamation marks can be used not just to shout. Add surprise, add emphasis?

My book is here:

UK http://amzn.to/QvF8ss

US http://amzn.to/QwmiVI

If you can tag and LIKE it, I'll get you back!


message 4: by Maria (new)

Maria Hammarblad (mariahammarblad) | 5 comments I tagged and liked you on the US site - Amazon didn't want to let me on the UK one.

I like semicolons. :o) Punctuation is an ongoing battle, hahaha!


message 5: by Cheral (new)

Cheral DC White | 3 comments I hate colons/semicolons, probably because I don't use them frequently, but my grammar checker puts them in, it's frustrating! (No I wasn't yelling) :)

Read Capitol Angst and Angst to the Nth, you can find them at http://amzn.to/NY378W by D.C. White, Authors


message 6: by Jonny (new)

Jonny Gibbings (jonnygibbings) | 5 comments MY book, full of bad punctuation:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Malice-Blunde...


message 7: by Marian (new)

Marian (mal7) | 3 comments I tagged and liked your books, US.
here is mine if you'll be so kind. Need some likes my debut book came out on September 7th. Thank you. I did use semi colons in my first book. Didn't notice them until I downloaded in epub form to my Nook. Correcting second book to not use them often.

http://www.amazon.com/Fail-Carrington...


message 8: by Maria (new)

Maria Hammarblad (mariahammarblad) | 5 comments Cheral and Jonny, I liked your books. (I did yours on the US site, Jonny. Amazon wouldn't let me on the UK page.) :-)


message 9: by Maria (new)

Maria Hammarblad (mariahammarblad) | 5 comments Marian wrote: "I tagged and liked your books, US.
here is mine if you'll be so kind. Need some likes my debut book came out on September 7th. Thank you. I did use semi colons in my first book. Didn't notice them..."


Liked and tagged :-)


message 10: by Cheral (new)

Cheral DC White | 3 comments Thanks Marian! I liked yours too, on Amazon. Looks like I'll buy it too, it looks good! Then I'll do a review, if you don't mind. :)


message 11: by Cheral (last edited Sep 11, 2012 01:04PM) (new)

Cheral DC White | 3 comments Jonny, I liked yours also, but in U.S. Amazon. I don't have a UK account.


message 12: by Maria (new)

Maria Hammarblad (mariahammarblad) | 5 comments Cheral wrote: "Thanks Marian! I liked yours too, on Amazon. Looks like I'll buy it too, it looks good! Then I'll do a review, if you don't mind. :)"

Cheral, that would be awesome! =D Thank you for your interest! =D


message 13: by Don (new)

Don Martinez (DesertCoyote13) | 1 comments My three books are all available through my book imprint. I do the typesetting for all of my authors, and have only seen that bitch the semicolon only occasionally in their works, so it's no big deal.

Full DCP booklist:
http://desertcoyote.weebly.com/curren...


message 14: by Tom (new)

Tom Conrad (tom_conrad) | 28 comments Mod
Tagged and liked your book, Jonny.

Everyone else - I'm English, and half of who I've so far invited are UK based, can you leave both UK and US links (like I did above) if you want your books tagged, bagged and liked by us brits. Just easier to click once than having to search for your book.

Cheers!


message 15: by Marian (new)

Marian (mal7) | 3 comments Thank you so much, Cheral


message 16: by Marian (new)

Marian (mal7) | 3 comments Don, like all the books on your link.


message 17: by Jonny (new)

Jonny Gibbings (jonnygibbings) | 5 comments Liked all the books. Even my own by accident!


message 18: by Terry (last edited Sep 15, 2012 06:10AM) (new)

Terry Tyler (terrytyler) My book has loads of semi-colons. They all do. I love them. I can't see how you can write properly without them, so there! Few things infuriate me more than seeing commas that should be semi-colons. If anyone would like to see a really good cartoon about them, please look at my FB author page, it's the last thing I posted

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Terry-T...

(You can also 'like' the page if you like, and of course I will 'like' yours back)

It appears I can also plug my book here, right, Mr Conrad???

Okay!! For more semi-colon-tastic reading, please take a look at my 4th and newest novel, DREAM ON, which is a kinda humorous one about a struggling rock band, and also features a TV talent show, a ghastly 'creative workshop', an appearance by one of the band on The Jeremy Kyle Show, and so much more!

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15...

I will, of course, 'like' all the books on here and would be massively grateful for any likes back!!


message 19: by Tom (last edited Sep 15, 2012 09:39AM) (new)

Tom Conrad (tom_conrad) | 28 comments Mod
Terry wrote: "My book has loads of semi-colons. They all do. I love them. I can't see how you can write properly without them, so there!

That's because you're blinded by the ink black winky (change one vowel)punctuation. Open your eyes - don't be such a stickler!

No, seriously, Mrs Tyler, I know you won't read my novella, but if you do you'll maybe understand the point I'm trying to illustrate, notably an opposition between the ellipsis (Frankie) and the semicolon (Abbey). It's less about the semicolon per se (I use them strategically in the novella) and more about people being uptight/sticklers who judge books by the cover/punctuation rather than the content. Obviously, it's important to get both/all 3 right, but some of you sticklers say punctuation 'infuriates' you and I reckon you dismiss books with nice ideas simply because of an erroneous comma. I just don't like that attitude.

People can read this blog post for further clarity on my view: -

Why I decided to write That Semicolon Bitch Had To Die....

Listen, let’s get this straight from the very off, I don’t use semicolons in my writing, not quite a comma, not quite a full stop... but that’s my choice, that (atm) is my style. Maybe it’s a mild form of punctuation OCD but when I have used them in the past (I know how they work), I always had to go back and delete, delete and delete some more. They look ugly to me, maybe archaic/flowery and as if I’m about to descend into Shakespeare or Chaucer.... I don’t like them.

And yet, at the same time, I can see their appeal. The lucidity, the flow sometimes works really well; I get it. I’ve certainly never “not” read a book because a writer chose to use them, and I fully accept my ellipsis abuse may look equally ugly to others.

Basically, what I’m trying to say is this:

A, Don’t be a stickler of an ass. Judge books by their underlying content of ideas and opinion.

B, Don’t take offence if you’re a writer who uses semicolons. I’m not having a bop at you or suggesting people shouldn’t read books that embrace this winky symbol.

That’s right, despite my new book, That Semicolon Bitch Had To Die.... I don't personally bash those who use semicolons. I was/am just taking on a persona to promote my ebook. I thought the dividing line of two writers in love could be symbolised by their stance on semicolons. The semicolon therefore becomes a symbol of middle class values, of being a stickler, being fussy about style over substance and the ellipsis becomes plucky and devil may care.

But why semicolons?

I chose semicolons because I realised I didn’t use a solitary one in my first novel, I wondered why not, was it purely coincidental or some previously dormant/unrealised prejudice lying deep within my unconscious. There was an entry point. Upon further research, I also understood there was all this baggage with the semicolon: - Vonnegut, Bernard Shaw, Truss, Woolf. It all fitted.

Hopefully, if you choose to read my ebook (it’s only short) you'll understand the title and get to thinking about the points I make.

My novella - That Semicolon Bitch Had To Die.... is available on amazon/kindle.

US http://amzn.to/QwmiVI

UK http://amzn.to/QvF8ss



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