Whether you are writing press releases, blog posts, or web content, it’s important that you have a decent grasp on some basic rules of punctuation. No one’s asking you to be a grammar god – after all, the days of college term papers are long gone. However, there are certain rules that simply make your writing more readable.
So today I’d like to focus on the comma. It’s one of those little punctuation marks that too often is just haphazardly thrown out on the paper with no real purpose. Sometimes it’s used where it isn’t necessary, and other times it is omitted.
Now, you could get out your old grade school grammar book and try to undergo a quick refresher on those comma rules – but that will prove more frustrating than anything else.
Instead, I’ve narrowed down the comma rules to the ones you will find most useful in your business writing.
Example: John writes press releases, and Jill writes business blogs.
Example: Although I enjoy writing press releases, I need assistance in sending them out to news outlets.
Example: Press releases, blogs, and web content are all useful to your small business.
Example: Bill, who is a pretty decent writer, handles all of my business blogging needs.
Example A: Bill told his friend, “Business blogging is all about thinking outside of the box.”
Example B: “I really need to get this press release sent out,” Bill commented.
Yes, there are more comma rules out there, but I’d say these are the most important. Agree? Let me know.
This article is written by Mickie Kennedy, founder of eReleases (http://www.ereleases.com), the online leader in affordable press release distribution. Download your free copy of the Beginner’s Guide to Writing Powerful Press Releases here: http://www.ereleases.com/insider/beginnersguide.html