It’s important to go over our work, many times in most cases. Another pair of eyes, of course, is the best way to proof your work, but there are other tools that can help, too.
I use several of the systems mentioned below in my personal writing and business. You may be interested in some of these, too, but there’s no substitution for learning and applying basic grammar and punctuation applications.
Electronic Editing Tools For Writers
Courtesy of Patricia Charpentier of Writing Your Life
- Customize your MicroSoft Word program (2010/2013/2016). LOTS of built-in tools: File>options>Proofing
- My Word Count: Examines docs for word, phrase, adverb and sentence usage. http://mywritertools.com/Products wordcount.asp ($14.95)
- SmartEdit: Monitors troublesome words, identifies all adverbs and can be customized. http://www.smart-edit.com ($57-67)
And, here are two more tools, provided via an article by BOWKER.
- AutoCrit (fiction oriented – monthly license fee)
- After the Deadline (Grammar focused tool – based on context, not rules) Free for personal use
Types of Editing Available:
Developmental or Content editing – This process can start even before the work is completely written if the concept is liked by the publishers or when self-publishing. You can approach an editor who can help with pruning the content based on the genre, intended audience and the topics dealt in the manuscript. Developmental editing takes time; a good content editor will need to be sure that their suggestions sync with the author’s voice and intentions because to ensure appropriate changes.
Copy editing – Once a manuscript is ready for further analysis, copy editors come to the forefront. The main focus of copy editing will be on errors, grammar, consistency in treatment, coherence, logical balance of the text, style and formatting, etc. After microscopically examining all these things, if the work is deemed to be potent, there will be further discussions with the author about ambiguities, preciseness and necessary modifications.
Production editor – After the duty of a copy editor is completed, the manuscript is transferred to production editor for converting the manuscript into print format. This is where the initial steps for the formation of a book set in. The editor deals with project schedule, book design, illustrations, etc. by discussing with many professionals so that there is no blemish while printing.
Proofreading – This is the final stage the process of editing, where a proofreader scrutinizes the work again to remove any blunders in printing. This would ensure the maintenance of the publishing group as well as the author.
Keep reading and writing!! See you next week!!!