Dont Right Badly
February 5, 2013 § 1 Comment
We were lucky enough to receive an advance copy of Ben Yagoda’s How to Not Write Bad: The Most Common Writing Problems and the Best Ways to Avoid Them. It is smart, often funny, and filled with the sorts of grammar, usage, and language development facts that make us writing geeks smile. .
Yagoda is running an interesting “promotion” today, promoting his book, but also helping out a worthy cause See his note below for details:
On pub day, or when a positive review or a national interview comes out, it’s nice to track your book’s number as it progressively plummets. (Or, usually, “plummets.”) I recognize that’s a pretty narcissistic endeavor, however, so today I want to combine it with a bit of philanthropy. Here’s the deal. “How to Not Write Bad” is currently number 2,502. Please order the book! Every time its ranking drops by another 100 (that is, to 2400, then to 2300, etc.), I will donate a copy of the book to one of my favorite enterprises, Mighty Writers. If somehow it gets to 100, then I’ll give a copy every time it drops by ten.
Mighty Writers is a Philadelphia-based operation, founded and headed up by Tim Whitaker, whose website says: “Our mission is to teach Philadelphia kids (ages 7 to 17) to think and write with clarity, so self-esteem grows and success is achieved at school, at work and in life.” To that end, MW offers (at its cool downtown HQ) a daily after-school Academy, plus long- and short-term writing classes at night and on the weekends. Crucially, they also provide intensive SAT Prep courses and college essay writing classes.
I’ll provide updates through the day on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #HelpMightyWriters.