Grammarly is something I've been aware of for a while, but I kept shrugging off trying it because I had beta readers and an editor. A post on Pinterest about it prompted me to finally sign up after getting curious enough to how it worked.
Now, I've only used the freebie version so far, but I like what it does. The free version checks for basic things like typos, missing words, and punctuation. It is especially good for the kind of typo that is correctly spelled, but the wrong word.
An example would be to, too, or two. We all know those are the bane of writers because our eyes will skim over the mistake and it ends up being a reader to find it.
You can install it on your desktop or use the Chrome extension. With the Chrome extension, it checks your Tweets and Facebook for typos. It also scans your email (at least for Gmail.) I find that useful when I want to send submissions. I don't have to worry about accidental typos or mistakes getting sent to a publication I'm trying to impress and get accepted by. The Chrome extension claims to check for Weebly, but I'm not seeing it. I have to manually copy and paste my text into Grammarly.
It's not a foolproof method, though. I ran Leaves of Fall through it, and for some reason, it kept insisting I change the name Blaire to Claire. It was also confused on exaggerated words. There were also instances where my editor put in a comma, but Grammarly insisted it didn't belong. In those cases, I went with my editor. Err on the side of human.
The biggest downside I've encounter is I can only do 60 pages at a time. For long works, I have to cut it up and upload the bits. That makes it a bit more time-consuming. They promise they're working on it, so we'll see if that changes.
You can pay and get more features for $11.99 per month. It checks proofreading, passive voice, and more. Of course, that's why I hire an editor, too, so I'm not sure it's worth spending the money. If you're looking to send an MS to an agent or publisher, you might want to shell out the $12 so you can send a more polished story and up your chances of getting accepted.
Overall, I'm glad I finally checked it out. I ran a few stories through it, and it located missing words and typos that I, beta readers, and even editors missed. It also flagged when I used British English instead of American English. If you're curious, you can sign up here. (I'll get a small kick back with that link.) If anything, it's worth the free version to catch typos and words our brains skim over because we've read the damn MS a million times and please don't make me read it again!
What about you? Have you tried Grammarly? Is there another program you use to catch those pesky correctly spelled typos or missing words?
I'm doing another Favorite Five. This time for Leaves of Fall, since I'm hoping it will be my next release. It's with the editor right now.
If you forgot, I found this through K.T. Daxon and they are super fun. She was given the questions by Aila Stephens to answer when she finished her book, Broken Tomorrows.
Armory has never known life without war against the nature. When she’s kidnapped and taken far from her home, her savior is the one thing she’s been taught to fear: a tree.
Maple says he wants to help her get home. Armory isn’t sure she believes him but has little choice if she wants to see her family again.
They trek across the wastelands of America. As the miles pass by, Armory learns that not all trees wanted a war. But the hatred between the two may be too deep to heal. Armory isn’t sure her new friendship with Maple will be enough to convince the human race to take a chance. But Maple has a plan. He’s just not sure he’ll survive it.
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When I was writing the story, The Incubus and The Asexual was a placeholder title. I do that a lot since titles are hard, y'all. That title gave some info about the story enough despite sounding a bit like a cheesy PNR. I didn't have a better title, so I went with it.
As I have with past books, I hired Sunrise Author Services is helping me get the word out. I've had good success with them before with getting reviews for Being Human and Michael, PoA1. This time, we weren't getting many bites. I wondered if it was the title. People were turned off by that. SAS agreed, so I decided to change the title.
It actually wasn't as hard as previous titles. I considered a play on words with video game terms since Quinn and Keane are gamers. Limit Break caught my attention, but didn't really fit. I googled title generators and clicked for ideas.
Eventually, I ended up with the title, Tempting Friendship. Not a play on video games, but a bit of a play on romance since Keane is an incubus. Plus, it does fit the story. Keane and Quinn are attempting a friendship. A quick email to my cover artist and the title was changed. Then I had to change all my banners, tweak the file on Amazon, and get it changed on Goodreads.
What do you think of the new title? If you're a writer, have you ever done a last minute change for a new release?
When I was writing a story that so far is only titled Mmm, Brains because I can't figure out a real title, I had a character surprise me. He stated that another character had Tourettes Syndrome. I paused because that was news to me. When she first introduced herself she didn't say anything that made me think that. She just swore. A lot.
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