I hear a lot of discussion regarding the importance of spelling, grammar and sentence structure in a book. I do wonder how much of this is ‘literary snobbishness’ and how much is justified. We live in a world where a ‘new type of shorthand’ evolves almost daily. Texting, street talk, and even emails are full of ‘grammatical incorrectness’. Who now starts an email with ‘Dear..’ or sends a text (or Twitter) correctly spelling each and every word?
Look at any article on writing Blogs and Web site content and the advice is to ‘write the way you speak’. Website text is graded around the length and complexity of the words used with advice to make it no more than ‘Young Adult’.
However when you do put your book up for review perhaps any criticism should be treated constructively. If someone suggests the book would be better with grammatical changes then they should certainly be seriously looked at if they can improve book sales.
The following is a good article on how NOT to respond to criticism from a review – http://bit.ly/mH5L8e