Yesterday I went over to Barnes and Noble and ordered a copy of Never Love a Stranger. (Yeah, it's weird to order your own book, but I haven't gotten my copies from NCP yet.) B&N didn't have any trouble ordering it, so this means readers shouldn't have trouble ordering it either. Yay! I also spoke to the manager, introducing myself as a local author, and not only did she agree to stock both my books, she invited me to participate in a September booksigning they're having for romance authors. Which just goes to show it never hurts to ask:-). Now that the distributor problems seem to be ironed out, I'll zoom over to my local Waldenbooks this weekend and see if I can get them to carry my books, too.
And below, on my post on self-proofing, Jaynie posted the following in comments: "One thing I'll add that I've noticed lately. Watch for ing words, especially at the beginning of a sentence. Example: YUCK - Shutting the door, she walked down the path.YAY She shut the door and walked down the path."
Grammatically speaking, is it bad to start a sentence with an "ing" word? I do this occasionally, to vary sentence structure, and hadn't realized it might be a problem. Then again, I'm fairly clueless when it comes to grammar, and always have been. Someone help me out here-- is it grammatically wrong to start a sentence this way?