Episode 102 – Arlene Miller is the Grammar Diva with eight books about grammar and more coming.
- Arlene Miller wrote a book about common grammar mistakes after being a teacher and seeing people repeating the same writing mistakes. That led to a second book, then a book on grammar lessons, a big workbook, them turned blog posts into another book, She repurposes content. She then did a second edition of the first book and a little workbook with that. She has all kinds of ideas for future books. She publishes the books herself but has the covers and interior design done for her. She currently has eight books on grammar, a niche market in which she has a strong presence.
- Arlene has been a technical writer, technical editor, author, editor, credentialed school teacher and school administrator, blogger, speaker, tap dancer, and most important, a mom.
- The Best Little Grammar Book Ever, 2nd edition
- The Best Little Grammar Workbook Ever
- Correct Me If I’m Wrong
- The Great Grammar Cheat Sheet
- Beyond Worksheets (a book of grammar lesson plans for English teachers)
- The Best Grammar Workbook Ever
- Fifty Shades of Grammar
- The Best Little Grammar Book Ever, 1st edition
My Writing Motivation
- I write to sell books. To provide a product that people need. I like to know that I’ve helped people.
My Biggest Pet Peeve About Grammar
- My biggest pet peeve is the people who think grammar isn’t important. Another is the confusion around the use of I and Me and Myself.
On Staying Focused
- It isn’t easy. It’s hard to work at home. You may work at odd times. There’s always the refrigerator, Facebook, and other distractions.
My Most Difficult Writing Challenge
- It all about not getting distracted by Facebook, by checking my email, by checking my book sales, by the refrigerator, by the coffee pot. It’s really difficult working at home by yourself, it’s very isolating.
My Most Rewarding Moment as an Author
- I’m sure it’s the same as other authors. It’s to see you book come out, with a real cover, real words in it, designed well, your name on the cover – on a book store shelf. And then doing a book launch party at my local independent book store.
The Best Advice on Writing I Ever Received
- The only thing I can remember is to write what I know.
My Best Advice for Struggling Writers
- I think in many cases, if someone can’t get an agent, they should consider self-publishing. There are a lot of advantages to self-publishing these days. Secondly, it’s to know when your book is done instead of revising it 175 times. Know when it’s done.
What Writing Success Means to Me
- To get from writing what you intended too. That may be expressing yourself, for others it may be seeing your book in print, making a lot of money, winning awards, or having a best seller. For most writers I think it’s helping people and touching people. If you get what you want out of it, I think you can call yourself successful.
My Favorite Book on Writing
My Favorite Resource
- I love going to other people. Their websites can be helpful with great information. For instance, people who do the same thing as me, or are complementary to what I write.
How To Find Me
About Arlene from Her Amazon Author’s page
- Arlene Miller is a bestselling Amazon author of eight grammar books: Fifty Shades of Grammar; The Best Little Grammar Book Ever; Correct Me If I’m Wrong; The Great Grammar Cheat Sheet; Beyond Worksheets (a book of grammar lesson plans for English teachers); The Best Grammar Workbook Ever; the second edition of The Best Little Grammar Book Ever; and The Best Little Grammar Workbook Ever, her latest offering. The Best Little Grammar Book Ever and The Best Grammar Workbook Ever are currently being used by many schools and universities.
- The Best Little Grammar Book Ever won Best Reference Book from the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association in 2011. The Best Grammar Workbook Ever won honorable mention at the New York Book Festival in 2016. And Fifty Shades of Grammar won Best Book Runner Up in 2016 from the Bay Area Independent Book Publishers Association.
- Arlene Miller is from the Boston area, where she went to school and worked until 1993, when she and her family relocated to Sonoma County, California. She started her writing career as a newspaper reporter and editor before becoming a technical writer in the 1980s. She has won two awards of excellence from the Society of Technical Writers. More recently, Ms. Miller has been a freelance book editor and blogger. She also taught for the California public schools for 11 years.
- Arlene holds a B.A. in English and Journalism and an M.A. in Humanities, as well as teaching and school administration credentials. She conducts grammar and writing workshops based on her book. And if you don’t believe that grammar can be humorous and entertaining, listen to one of her grammar talks! She is also an accomplished tap dancer and an award-winning poet. She has two grown children and currently lives in beautiful wine country, California.
- See her website at bigwords101.com for more information or to set up a workshop. Sign up to receive the weekly Grammar Diva Blog Post and get a free grammar mini-book download.
- Check out a recent reading.
From My Perspective
- The From My Perspective segment of the show talks about an Anne Lamott’s TED talk where she talks about telling your story and what that means for us as writers and authors.
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