In a few of my most recent posts, I've been discussing how important it is to have a technical editing service at your disposal, especially when or if you want to write for a living.
In these posts here and here, I talk about how a lot of writers are inspired writers, and this means they both write fast and they're writing for content, not copy line and space bar, and comma, and where-am-I-missing a double pronoun. Meaning, outside copyediting as a final step going to be essential in publishing their works.
Copy editing is after you make a dinner, the plating up of your food to serve.
Plating up the meal dresses up the food, improves its presentation, and delivers it to the people. So it serves an important purpose.
Likewise, this is the importance of copyediting your ideas before you hit that publish key.
Since hiring a professional editor can be costly, and because you may need up to nine different editors to review your text to get it whistle clean, most writers to turn to their spouses and their technical copyediting software for help. Nothing wrong with this! It helps to have an extra eye look over things.
Even if you do have a professional editor, getting your work up to the most polished state you can before it sees other eyes is helpful for many reasons. You can spend more time reflecting on the content and the ideas, and less time copyediting, saving you money in the long term and firming up the ideas as you go. This is why I suggest you get the best editing you can afford.
I use Grammarly for my final polish and I find it fast, efficient, and I like all its features. It costs 139.95 a year for the annual plan. I like the fact that it plugs into your Google Chrome and this means you can edit your text in your blog editor and in your Gmail, so you can edit your emails. Also, most bloggers I know also use Grammarly.
As others mention, it's true - though Grammarly doesn't catch everything and it's not perfect, it is the best out there... and after working with it for some time - I've found it misses only one main error type consistently over time and once I tell you about it, then you'll know what to watch for, and so it won't be a big deal.
Ready . . .
Drum roll please . . .
Here's what it misses:
Grammarly misses words spelled properly but placed out of context. That's it's the glitch. For example: if you accidentally type "one" instead of "once" or "the" instead of "they," or write "cat" instead of "can't," it won't catch that. In other words, it misses missed letters when the word is technically spelled correctly. When using the Chrome extension, load times can be slow, leaving some to believe there are no edits in their document, when in reality, it's still loading. This can lead to perceived errors in the use of the software, too. A few other things here and there, like a random space bar, and I give it a B+. No service is perfect, but Grammarly gets pretty close.
So what can you do?
I still suggest this software to everyone, but to use it: just give it a minute to load, especially if using it a website editor, where load times have a factor, and then give your piece the 'ol once over with your eyes one last final time before you hit that publish key for any properly spelled words, ya know, in the wrong place.
Having a grammar editor by your side, that's both unbiased machine-like and not going to comment on all the big life questions, and the ideas in your work is an invaluable tool, even if you do have a professional staffing team at your disposal.
Having the people to eat your food is one thing, but the way you present it... just as important.
Amanda Linette Meder
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This post includes links to Grammarly.com and external links to editing sites.