I seem to have created some reaction with my recent post Tools for editing and proofreading. Apart from a bit of trolling (and you know who you are), I had some interactions with two of the software companies listed and also a link to someone else’s review.
In the interest of clarity I will be tweaking my earlier post but for now this post will give a status update.
What do I recommend?
- Decide what kind of tool you want (type of writing, on-line / off-line)
- Decide if you want to spend money, if so how much
- Use a demonstration option to gauge how you feel about the tools you are evaluating
- Pause, then make a decision
- Make sure your writing is it the stage where you need a tool – are you getting enough out of what you have for example?
What have I learned since?
Many thanks to CM Skiera who commented on the google+ pointer to the earlier post and gave me some links back to his own blog. Please do read through his experiences:
As to me, I have decided:
- Make sure I use Word better than I do (and no it is no substitute for a better package but does have a place)
- No package does what I want the way I want it to, I will make a final choice based on the best fit.
I also realise that reviewers need to make sure they are objective. This presents facts to readers. There is no harm in making a recommendation but in doing so recognise other people have different needs.