Kootenai River in NW Montana, near Canadian Border

Kootenai River in NW Montana, near Canadian Border
photo by Gene Tunick of Eureka, Montana

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Tip O'Day #29

Guest blog post from author Gerry Bogan:

Don't depend on Spellcheck.

One of the biggest and most basic mistakes a writer makes is the reliance on spell checking software to find any mistakes in spelling or grammar. You will simply have to read your work out loud to find any problems. Computers are great but they don't know anything more than what you have taught them. This is part of what an editor gets paid three cents per word to do, but that gets expensive with a 75,000 to 150,000 word manuscript. Let's see - read out loud and possibly look the fool to somebody or spend up to $4500 for an editor to do the same thing?

Your choice, my friends, but I know which way I normally go.

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