Friday, September 28, 2012

I Write My Heart, You Edit My Soul!


What would you do if you found an editor who finds all of the errors in your manuscript? I know what I would do. A special room awaits my editor. All of his or her basic needs would be met. He or she will enjoy secluded five star meals with a glass of wine. If it is a woman, I will do her hair and nails. On the other hand, if it is a man, I will order pay per view sport events to keep him happy and wax his back hair. Did I mention the door of the room would be replaced with bars?  An evil laugh echoes as I dangle the key on my finger.   Good editors are hard to find!




An editor is every author’s secret weapon. Depending on the length of your manuscript, it can cost $0.50 cents per page or $0.022+- per word to have it edited.  Therefore, I have tested three editing tools to help with the process.


Step one

·         The program has thesaurus, spell, and grammar check.

·         It will not catch missing words.

Step two

·         It provides grammar, spell check and proofreader.

·         You can select the education level and type of document.

·         The software grades the document.

·         It will not catch missing words.

Step three


                 ·         Set the speed at negative one or less for clarity. 


                 ·         It reads text from documents and WebPages.


                 ·         You will notice missing words and discover plot holes!



Step four            Read your manuscript!


                ·           You will notice missing words! 


Step five            Repeat step one through four.


Using these programs will not take the place of an editor. It is important to familiarize yourself with these programs before you rely on them. Once you have mastered them, you will see the difference. Whether you have an editor or not these tools are helpful. By minimizing errors, an author can increase their chances of having an error free novel.

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