Today I’m sharing a fantastic post from friend and author Marcia Meara, about a useful editing tool she’s discovered for reading our work in Natural Reader back to us aloud. Please have a look at Marcia’s post below and feel free to let us know if you’ve tried this app and what you like and/or don’t like about it.
Let me preface this post by saying that in my opinion, there is no app anywhere that will ever replace a good editor. Not everyone agrees with me, but I think the writers out there who can get away with skipping a professional editing are few and far between. If you are one of them, I apologize, as I don’t mean to imply there are none. But generally, I believe in a final edit by a qualified human being, the two operative words being “qualified” and “human.” ? Now, having gotten that out of the way, on to what I wanted to share with you today.
I use beta readers (9, actually on a private blog) and they read my draft, chapter by chapter, as I write. This lets me know when a chapter is doing what I need it to do, so I can make immediate tweaks or changes, if I’ve failed to get my points across. After my draft is complete, I submit my work to my editor, also chapter by chapter, because that’s how I like to work, and she accommodates me, thankfully. But between the completion of my draft, and any submissions to my editor, I revise each chapter myself, making any obvious corrections I spot, rephrasing here and there, and running the chapter through editing software. I use SmartEdit most of the time, but there are quite a few out there.
The last thing I do before sending the chapter to my editor is listen to it on NaturalReader. . . Continue reading
*Note: Alternatively, you can also you the text to speech function in Word, which was mentioned by a few writers in comments. When I finish writing my next book and begin edits, I’ll be trying both. I’ll keep you posted. Below is a link which will explain how to get the ‘text to speech’ function going in your Word program.