Quick Self-Editing Tip

This was actually pointed out to me by author Jason Z. Christie on Kindleboards, aka KBoards.com, a highly recommended forum for all writers everywhere.

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:

Blog – http://jasonzchristie.blogspot.com/
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jason-Z-Christie/148167058621572
Twitter – https://twitter.com/jasonzchristie


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  1. Hey you. Did you know that I just answered questions for a hosting and when asked my favorite authors, I included you? As for text to speech. I am afrad that I have little English…my native tongue is “Okie” and you Northern folk don’t understand it. : )

    • Aw–thanks Jess! 🙂 You’re so sweet.
      And we have our own dialect up here. It usually involves ignoring the letter R. 😉

  2. I’ve never tried that. Good tip – thanks.

  3. Sarin Samuel

     /  October 16, 2014

    The current best text to speech software is Text Speaker. It has customizable pronunciation, reads anything on your screen, and it even has talking reminders. The bundled voices are well priced and sound very human. Voices are available in English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, and more. Easily converts blogs, email, e-books, and more to MP3 or for listening instantly.


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