Every self publisher needs to have tools that minimizes effort, maximizes time and enhances production.
That’s why today, I’m providing deeper insights on one of my key self publishing tools, Grammarly.
Find out more in my one-hundred percent honest Grammarly review. Stay tuned!
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My Official Grammarly Review
One of my favorite tools I use in my day-to-day operations of my self-publishing biz is Grammarly.
Grammarly is a writing-enhancement platform specializing in proofreading and plagiarism-detection. In their words, Grammarly makes sure everything you type is easy to read, effective, and mistake-free.
They have a browser extension, a Microsoft Word and Outlook plug-in, and a website devoted to cleaning up your documents and content.
Key features of Grammarly include plagiarism detection that checks your text against over eight billion web pages; correction of over 250 types of grammatical mistakes; and intuitive word choice suggestions and ways to improve your writing based on context.
There are two options available for members. The first option is the free membership that comes with the feature of 150 critical grammar and spelling checks. It’s certainly a step-up from the old fashioned spell checkers in document creation software and well worth the investment.
The second option is the premium option and you have tons of great access including the same access as the free service plus over 100 additional advanced grammar and spelling checks, word enhancement suggestions, checks on genre-specific writing styles, and the killer Plagiarism detector that checks more than eight billion web pages.
Later, I’ll explain why that final feature saved me from losing thousands of dollars, a potential lawsuit and other aggravations. Stay with me for now…
No doubt, many self-publishers are trying to keep their business on the cheap and believe me, I get it. However, if you use or do NOT use an editor for your writing, I’d still suggest using the Grammarly tool. Because your editor will appreciate you removing the nuisance of cleaning up passive sentence structure, wordiness or repetitious word use.
I’m talking to you, Colleen…(wink)
And, if you’re NOT using an editor, at the very least, your audience will unknowingly benefit from your improved content.
Here are my open thoughts on the pros and cons to Grammarly…
The pros of using Grammarly include the ridiculous amounts of features, the indirect usage as a cloud for my document storage, the weekly email reports sharing how my writing measures up to others in the industry, and my life-saver, the plagiarism detector.
The cons of Grammarly are rather limited, but include the lack of Mac-specific plugins for Pages or even Microsoft Word; sometimes the software will randomly reset while I’m working on a long document, so if I asked to Ignore a suggestion, that alert will come back up; and the Chrome extension is sometimes incompatible with a few websites.
That last option is a minor inconvenience at best since all you have to do is shut off Grammarly.
Overall, I give Grammarly my shining endorsement and if you’d like more information about how to access Grammarly, free or premium, then head over to my affiliate link for more information.
That’s all the time we have for…Oh, wait! I forgot to tell you about how Grammarly practically saved my business with its plagiarism scanner.
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