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You Send Me

Getting It Right When You Write Online (Harvest Book)

By Patricia T. O'Conner, Stewart Kellerman

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Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 01 August 2003
Patricia T. O Conner, the bestselling language maven who charmed legions of readers into civilizing their grammar (Woe Is I) and their writing (Words Fail Me), now drags proper English kicking and screaming into the Age of E-Mail. Do the old truths still apply? Yes, insist O Conner and co-author Stewart Kellerman, her journalist husband. In fact, good English and good manners are even more important online. Thanks to the computer, we re writing again, but we ll have to upgrade our lousy language and social skills or suffer the cyber-consequences.With chapters on etiquette (To E or Not to E), beefier writing (The E-Mail Eunuch), deconstructing a message (All s Well That Sends Well), and civilized English (Grammar a la Modem), You Send Me delivers everything you need to connect with real people in the virtual world."

About the Author

Patricia T. O'Conner is the author of the beloved and bestselling Woe Is I and Words Fail Me. A former editor at the New York Times Book Review, she has written for many magazines and newspapers. Stewart Kellerman, O'Conner's co-author and husband, is also a former Times editor. He has reviewed books and written on literary subjects for the Times. They live in rural Connecticut.

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In spite of some clever chapter titles, this thin style guide offers little more than commonsense advice about when and how to send e-mails. Whether e-mailing belongs to a new generation of letter writers or to the youngest of conversationalists, we should already know to be electronically polite and cautious as well as to be ever conscious of our present and future audiences, both known and unknown. While sections on avoiding clichs and platitudes are useful reminders of how to become a better writer, why not tackle other stylistic flaws like the overuse of the passive voice, the nominalization of verbs, and the occasional shift from third-person to first-person-plural exposition? While sections on misused and misspelled words are useful, the lists provided by O'Conner (Words Fail Me) and her husband, journalist Kellerman, are limited and sometimes idiosyncratic. Many writers will find that as a usage manual this well-intentioned book is incomplete and as an exploration of the potential for effective communications through e-mail it just begins to "scratch the surface" (a phrase that should be added to the section titled "Trite Stuff"). Herbert E. Shapiro, SUNY/Empire State Coll., Rochester Economics Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

PRAISE FOR YOU SEND ME "O'Conner and Kellerman . . . write concisely (which is very much to the point) and charmingly (which ought to be, too) about crafting effective e-mail."--San Jose Mercury News "Their concise, lively writing in this book demonstrates the virtues they preach."--Barbara Walraff, author of Word Court PRAISE FOR "YOU SEND ME""O'Conner and Kellerman . . . write concisely (which is very much to the point) and charmingly (which ought to be, too) about crafting effective e-mail."--"San Jose Mercury News""Their concise, lively writing in this book demonstrates the virtues they preach."--Barbara Walraff, author of "Word Court" PRAISE FOR"YOU SEND ME""O'Conner and Kellerman . . . write concisely (which is very much to the point) and charmingly (which ought to be, too) about crafting effective e-mail."--"San Jose Mercury News""Their concise, lively writing in this book demonstrates the virtues they preach."--Barbara Walraff, author of"Word Court" PRAISE FOR "YOU SEND ME" "O'Conner and Kellerman . . . write concisely (which is very much to the point) and charmingly (which ought to be, too) about crafting effective e-mail."--"San Jose Mercury News" "Their concise, lively writing in this book demonstrates the virtues they preach."--Barbara Walraff, author of "Word Court" From the "Rocky Mountain News": A primer on online writing etiquette By Patti Thorn, News Books EditorSeptember 6, 2002 So you think sending email is as simple as making a few keystrokes and hitting the "send" button? Take our advice: Delete that thought. When it comes to e-mail, the etiquette questions are as numerous as chips in your computer. For example: 1) Is it acceptable to write your message in all capital letters? 2) Can you go wrong using online humor? 3) Is it OK to use abbreviations, such as LOL and TTFN? These are the kinds of questions tackled in You Send Me: Getting It Right When You Write Online, by Patricia T. O'Conner and Stewart Kellerman (Harcourt). The book is a small but powerful volume dedicated to the notion that email can be as tricky as it is time-saving. Indeed, say the authors, "Many e-mailers, it seems, are as casual about their manners as they are about their writing. Someone who wouldn't dream of imposing in a letter won't hesitate in an e-mail." That same someone will send long attachments that will crash your computer; forward an e-mail that has been forwarded so many times, it's 9 pages and counting; write a benign message so curtly that you're left feeling insulted rather than informed. The list of possible gaffes goes on. Suffice it to say that we could all use a lesson in online manners. In this case, the price of that lesson is $17.95. Meanwhile, we're happy to offer an even cheaper sneak preview. Regarding the aforementioned questions: 1) Writing in all caps is akin to shouting your message. And let's face it, "Shouters are seen as rude and in-your-face." 2) Online humor isstrictly touch and go. "The wrong crack sent at the wrong time and to the wrong person, can be a disaster." 3) Only use abbreviations when you're certain the person you're writing knows what they mean. LOL, for example, means "laughing out loud," and TTFN is a good way to sign off on this item. As in, Ta-Ta-For-Now. I give my wholehearted endorsement ... O'Conner and Kellerman ... write concisely ... and charmingly ... about crafting effective e-mail. -- Charles Matthews, The Mercury News (San Jose, CA) A small but powerful volume dedicated to the notion that email can be as tricky as it is time-saving. -- Patti Thorn, Rocky Mountain News (Denver, CO) Funny and sure to generate interest.... Their goal: encourage tact, taste, brevity, truth, good spelling and good grammar in e-mail. --Anne Stephenson, Arizona Republic Delivers the goods when it comes to clear writing and the basics of e-mailing.... Most comprehensive guide to e-mail protocol. -- David M. Kinchen, HuntingtonNews.net (Huntington, WV) Plain old fun.... I highly recommend it.... Very helpful ... suggestions and advice delivered in a breezy, conversational style. -- Pam Robinson, American Copy Editors Society A lively and articulate guide to ... the greatest thing to happen to communication since the invention of print. -- Richard Lederer the sound advice given here. -- Barbara Wallraff Before you click 'Send, ' read You Send Me. ... Common sense and uncommon humor. -- David Feldman Pat O'Conner ... and Stewart Kellerman make it clear that the future of English (God help us) is in e-mail. -- Leonard Lopate From the "Rocky Mountain News: A primer on online writing etiquette By Patti Thorn, News Books EditorSeptember 6, 2002 So you think sending email is as simple as making a few keystrokes and hitting the "send" button? Take our advice: Delete that thought. When it comes to e-mail, the etiquette questions are as numerous as chips in your computer. For example: 1) Is it acceptable to write your message in all capital letters? 2) Can you go wrong using online humor? 3) Is it OK to use abbreviations, such as LOL and TTFN? These are the kinds of questions tackled in You Send Me: Getting It Right When You Write Online, by Patricia T. O'Conner and Stewart Kellerman (Harcourt). The book is a small but powerful volume dedicated to the notion that email can be as tricky as it is time-saving. Indeed, say the authors, "Many e-mailers, it seems, are as casual about their manners as they are about their writing. Someone who wouldn't dream of imposing in a letter won't hesitate in an e-mail." That same someone will send long attachments that will crash your computer; forward an e-mail that has been forwarded so many times, it's 9 pages and counting; write a benign message so curtly that you're left feeling insulted rather than informed. The list of possible gaffes goes on. Suffice it to say that we could all use a lesson in online manners. In this case, the price of that lesson is $17.95. Meanwhile, we're happy to offer an even cheaper sneak preview. Regarding the aforementioned questions: 1) Writing in all caps is akin to shouting your message. And let's face it, "Shouters are seen as rude and in-your-face." 2) Online humor is strictlytouch and go. "The wrong crack sent at the wrong time and to the wrong person, can be a disaster." 3) Only use abbreviations when you're certain the person you're writing knows what they mean. LOL, for example, means "laughing out loud," and TTFN is a good way to sign off on this item. As in, Ta-Ta-For-Now.

EAN: 9780156027335
ISBN: 015602733X
Publisher: Mariner Books
Dimensions: 13.97 x 21.34 x 1.78 centimetres (0.34 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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