Susan Rooks

Susan Rooks
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With nearly 25 years’ experience as an international speaker and workshop leader, Susan Rooks is uniquely positioned to help people master the communication skills they need to succeed. Over 20 years ago, Susan formed Grammar Goddess Communication to help business professionals enhance their communication skills. She creates and leads three-hour “Brush Up on Your Skills” workshops in three main areas: American grammar, business writing, and interpersonal skills. As a copyeditor (and editor of nonfiction only), Susan has worked on projects ranging from award-winning children’s books to best-selling business books to corporate annual reports, ensuring that all material is professionally presented and free from grammatical errors.
Do you remember being a kid and wanting to grow up and know everything about everything, the way so many adults appeared to be? Did you think or grow up to believe that once you crossed some magic threshold of...
I see a lot of errors in articles, many likely made due to confusion about what’s considered correct in the American grammar system. While our system has a lot in common with all others, it’s also a little different,...
One of the earliest grammar lessons we learn in grade school is that a subject and its verb must be the same type, either singular or plural. The concept is simple – singular subjects take singular verbs, and plural...
English is a funny language, as so many of us have proven in our writing. And it changes from country to country: Punctuation rules, spelling, and usage are all different depending on where we live and which version of...
In terms of using “a” and “an,” most of us follow the basic rule we learned back in grade school. And we give it no thought — although we should. Does this sound familiar? Use “a” before a word beginning with...
A reader wrote and asked if I would explain Active and Passive voice, because she has been using an electronic grammar checker and it keeps saying she should use MORE passive sentences. Um. No. Please don’t. She wasn’t completely sure what...
Stuck in the middle of … Everyone line up quietly. Go in order. If you’re #1, you go first. If you’re #2, you always go right after #1. Start on the left and move to the right. Start at the top and move to...
Years ago, a wonderful man gave me a priceless gift, but one that took me years to recognize and use. He was easily the friendliest person I’d ever known. No matter where we were – a restaurant, an amusement park,...
The Internet is a wondrous place, especially for those of us who grew up long before it was even thought of, let alone something that rules so much of our lives. We can “talk” for free to someone on the...
My job, as I see it, is a simple one: I help authors of pretty much anything look and sound as smart as they are. What do I mean by that? I read and correct others’ writing. I rearrange words,...
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