There are a lot of proofreading programs that could help you while you are writing. Unfortunately, in my opinion, that wouldn’t be enough. Even though these programs are great, you might want to hire a professional proofreader after you are done. You can find a lot of freelancers on numerous websites such as Freelancer, Upwork, Fiverr… And the price is acceptable. Even if you think your book is “good enough” because you cannot find any mistakes, your readers will. In this step, I will talk about proofreading while writing.
The best way of doing this is using those programs after you are done for the day. Do not think about proofreading while you are writing, it will block your creativity. Get it done by the end of each day. Just copy the text and you can immediately see all writing mistakes, starting from grammar, punctuation, spelling etc.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Some of these programs are not meant to correct you while you are writing, but after you are done. In that case, do not copy that corrected text and paste it back where you were writing. Most of these programs will ruin the spacing and there will be no new lines. You should just go back and forth and change each mistake by yourself. It sounds difficult, but it’s really not. If you are doing that every day it will be easy. If you want to finish your entire book and then start proofreading, it will be torture. Again, I had to learn it the hard way.I would suggest using all of those programs combined because sometimes one program could find something that the other one couldn’t.
These are the best options in my opinion:
After you are done with this, you may think that maybe it was not enough. And you would be right. I would still hire a professional after this, because once you publish your book, comments could be cruel. You should take this seriously if you want to be taken seriously. Hiring a proofreader is not something that requires a lot of explanation, but I could advise you to choose your proofreader carefully. There are some people who call themselves proofreaders, but all they do is use these programs that I previously mentioned. Find a professional you can afford. It’s a good investment.
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