Welcome

Hello, and thanks for stopping by, whether to consider using our book packaging services, submit your writing for review, do a bit of blogging, or simply seek a diverting and informative browse. My name is Fred DuBose, and you can learn more about me, if you like, at the end of the About Us page.For the moment suffice it to say I’ve been a professional book developer, writer, and editor for more than four decades, and nonstop practice has been a demanding and exemplary teacher.

On the writing front, I’m confident that in these do-as-you-bloody-well-please times Run It By Fred will guarantee whatever you write is right  – and getting it right can make a world of difference. A case in point: Your flawless letter to a potential employer lands you the job of your dreams over a slightly more qualified candidate. Why? Because error-free writing not only implies a need to make sure everything is shipshape but also suggests an attention to detail in everything you undertake.

First and foremost, the purpose of Run It By Fred is to provide book development and editorial aid of the highest caliber, plus that proverbial service with a smile. At the same time, a running theme in the website is the beauty, mystery, and frustrations of the English language (American version). As you’ll see in the All You Can Eat? post (the first in the Grab Bag menu’s Websites for Wordies), you’ll find subjects ranging from those pesky dangling participles to esoteric words to puzzling language trends that take off with lightning speed. Look for additional word-related topics of interest in the coming months.

Again, thanks for dropping by, and please don’t hesitate to stay for a while – or, if you consider making use of our services, to take the little red car for a test drive.

*Why does the blue-penciled headline on the home page  – Editorial Services You Can Count On  – end with a preposition, to many still a major thou-shalt-not? Because it’s a graphic reminder that grammatical rules ain’t what they used to be. It was poet and critic John Dryden, the literary lion of the seventeenth century, who appointed himself The Decider of proper preposition placement – presumably because he looked to Latin sentence structure as a model. (Or did he take a cue from the word itself? Possibly, since preposition derives from the Latin prae- [“before”] and posito by way of ponere [”to place”]). Dryden’s influence in the English-speaking world was so far-reaching that his c.1675 rule held fast for the next three centuries and beyond.

Other perceived sins against English also sprang up in the distant past, among them splitting an infinitive (“to move quickly,” yea; “to quickly move,” nay) and starting a sentence with a conjunction – especially But. Both are examples of linguistic prescriptivism (follow the rules!), which in today’s standard, or preferred, English peacefully coexists with descriptivism (common usage reigns!). In About Us  you’ll learn why  you can trust our team to find the ideal balance between these two approaches to language.