by Carla King on BookBaby Blog:
While a good, professional (human) editor is invaluable to your book – the purchase of manuscript editing software can be another prudent investment.
Manuscript editing software programs do much more than the built-in spelling and grammar checkers in your word processor.
Some offer “first-pass” or “last-pass” editing to clean up mistakes in spelling, grammar, and punctuation; others make suggestions for improving your language.
These programs can alert you to overuse of adverbs, clichés, redundancies, overlong sentences, sticky sentences, glue words, vague and abstract words, diction, and the misuse of dialog tags, to name just a few.
Some of these tools will even connect you with a human editor with a click of a button.
In alphabetical order, here are some of my favorites (this is by no means an exhaustive list).
See all the programs reviewed at:
I recommend that these programs should be used ONLY to TIDY THINGS UP before you send your manuscript to a Professional Editor…