Jason said that one incredibly helpful tool to have when self-editing your work is a text to speech program. There are a number of free versions available for download. You simply upload your manuscript to the program and then follow along while it reads it to you. Sure, some of the voices sound a bit mechanized – kind of reminds me of the talking computer from the first WarGames movie. But it can really help you pick up on things you may have missed.
Of course, nothing beats a good critique group or a mob of beta readers, and it definitely doesn’t beat a professional editor. But we indie authors need to do whatever we can, where we can, with what we have.
The free program I’m using is NaturalReader -> http://www.naturalreaders.com/
They offer a paid version as well, and there are plenty of other programs offering various options.
I just wanted to share this with you all. Thank you for stopping by! And a big thanks to Jason for pointing this out. 😉
Find author Jason Z. Christie online:
- Social Media for Authors, by Natalie Cannon (charlotteblackwood.wordpress.com)
- A Quick Recommendation (twdittmer.com)
- Why Hire an Editor? (catherineryanhoward.com)