As I have posted earlier, my lastest YA novel, Minotaur, has been acquired by Month9books run by Georgia McBride. I’m expecting to begin the editing process in June so it’s probably timely to look at editing tools that can help in the process.
In today’s writer’s market, having tools available on your computer, phone, or tablet is essential. Being able to communicate with freelancers and employers, or check up on your latest assignment from anywhere, has become the norm. Access to websites and other online resources has also gone up. Many companies are moving to an online platform that can be supported in any device’s browser or are creating apps that are easy to use. With writers accessing their work on-the-go more than ever before, knowing which online tools are essential is key.
Tools of the Trade
Grammarly: Grammarly is an amazing overall tool for writers. Not only does it have a great grammar and spell check tool, it also helps you to improve your work. I love using the context-optimized synonym generator and adaptive spell check tools. They allow me to see better word choices and fix common typing errors, such as mistaking two and too. With teaching classes as well as question and answer boards, Grammarly not only provides writing services but also a community where writers can get help from each other. It’s also accessible from any device, so if you need to proofread an email or double check your latest blog post while running errands, Grammarly has you covered.
Ginger:: Ginger is basically a personal assistant that helps you check your grammar, rephrase sentences, and improve your writing skills. Its text reader traces through sentences to help you spot errors and hear how your sentences sound out loud. It can also be accessed from any device and lives to serve your every writing need. If you’re waiting for your child to finish up swim lessons, you can use the personal trainer tool to learn more about semi-colons and dashes. If you’ve been staring at the same sentence for days and just can’t figure out how to fix it, try the sentence rephraser. Ginger, like Grammarly, offers a variety of tools to help writers at every point of their process.
Writer’s Market on Your Kindle or Tablet: Writer’s Market is the essential tool for writers to get published and now it’s available on your Kindle or tablet. Take it anywhere with you while you’re searching for an agent, publisher, or for freelance opportunities. Writer’s Market is also easy to bookmark, highlight, and use on your Kindle. If you’re like me, you already carry your Kindle and/or tablet with you everywhere because you never know when you might have a few spare moments. You can look back at important pieces of the book without toting around a huge tome of information. Additionally, Writer’s Market is cheaper on Kindle. Saving money in any way while trying to start your writing career is helpful
Another great aspect of owning a Kindle or tablet is the availability of tools and apps for writers. Poets and Writers, Wordpress, Trello, and Kindle all have apps for your tablet. If you have a Kindle Fire, you’ve combined the best of both worlds. I used to think it was gluttonous to own a tablet and a computer, but it’s really made my writing career much easier to handle. I can surf for jobs, proofread my work, read new books, or research all from one location without lugging around my heavy computer. With these tools, you can access anything your writing career needs.
Take Advantage of the Digital Age
As a new age writer, you can take full control of your writing life from many digital angles. You can answer emails from the beach, do work on the train, or edit your work all from one place. The tried and tested tools above will help you write and edit with confidence while you’re able to work from anywhere.
phillip w. simpson
Phillip W. Simpson is an author of YA and children's books.