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In my case, that's exactly why I do it. If we're going to be forced to include something that — as you say — no one's going to use anyway, why not try to make it as attractive as possible.
Just get rid of the links! Absent the underlining or the color, they won't serve any purpose, because most people won't know to click on them.
Am I missing something? What is the point of a contents page that doesn't have links? To most people these days, underlined = hyperlink, so if you remove the underline, they won't know there's a hyperlink, which defeats the purpose of the contents page, doesn't it?
I think non fiction authors trend to gravitate towards their own forums. I write psychology, astrology and meditation non fiction, sells well but never find any threads worth contributing to outside their own field of interest. I admin forums on these subjects but wouldn't bother in mainstream, I'm just not interested in arguments with skeptics - it just gets boring after a while.
I'd be interested in discussions of promoting non fiction, marketing and promoting is much the same for both but there are differences worth exploring.
Depends on how fast I'm typing. And if I can be bothered fixing them. Half the time here I dont notice them at all. Or really care, although that's changed in the last year.
Its one of the things I pay attention to in editing. But there are a few blind spots I have, so a few get through which are not supposed to be there, and the odd one gets missed.
I rely on Word a lot to point them out to me, but it's not always reliable.
It is my weakest area, but at least I know that.
I look at the comma as a pause. If you say something out loud, and then write it down, where you paused while you said it, is where you put the comma. A lot of the time, but not always, its immediately after an and or or.