Regardless of your motivations for writing or your goals for publishing, striving for excellence means learning to write well.
Do beta readers make more remarks about your grammar than your story?
I wish I could, but I need complete focus to edit manuscripts, and my office is right here in my house.
Even so, I heartily recommend podcasts and videos to writers with the time and inclination to tune in.
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Readers may embrace a book with merely adequate writing, but only if the storytelling is remarkable indeed.
For the most part, readers expect you to show a mastery of the basics of your craft. They want to feel confident that clunky writing will not repeatedly rear its ugly head to break their immersion. Don’t waste time and money seeking one-on-one feedback and edit-by-edit corrections when you’re still light on writing skills.
Chances are that most of your peers picked up their knowledge of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and usage back in school, just as you did.
Unless they’ve been keeping up at a professional level (university courses, professional editing and language organizations, and so on), their savoir faire is likely to be at least a decade or three out of date.