I don’t think anyone who found her way to the Women in Publishing Summit blog is going to be shocked to hear that “writing is hard.” It’s one of those things that we take for granted. That it’s an art that takes practice, honing, sharpening. And as women, we so often find ourselves short on time or space to do that work. When so much of the unpaid labor of having a family and keeping a home running falls on us, how can we have the freedom to create, too?
That’s why I appreciate the people behind ProWritingAid, a company that takes the mission of improving writing seriously, and, in creating a successful, practical system to help authors do that, they’ve lifted up so many women’s voices.
I’m also so grateful that they’ve once again committed to support women authors in another way: by joining us as a Silver Sponsor for the 2022 Women in Publishing Summit.
ProWritingAid’s revolutionary product creates better books – I know because I use it myself! Here’s why!
What does ProWritingAid do?
ProWritingAid is a platform that offers a world-class grammar checking AND style checking, so your writing – be it business writing, creative writing, academic writing or anything else – follows the rules for what “good writing” looks like. ProWritingAid then goes beyond that by offering in-depth reporting to help you understand how you write.
In other words, ProWritingAid lets you know when you’re breaking a good writing rule, and it also tells you how often you use a given word, phrase or even sentence structure. The reports go deep into helping you unpuzzle your own authorial style. It helps keep your writing clean AND interesting.
You can use ProWritingAid in combination with other writer’s products like Scrivener and Fictionary, as well as within all major word processing programs. You can even add it as a Chrome plug-in so you can use it to write better emails. It’s an easy-to-use product that’s like having a writing coach right in your laptop!
In addition to the practical help this program can give any writer, the ProWritingAid community is a highly engaged and deeply knowledgeable one. Their paid course community gives authors valuable training on a wide variety of topics in the industry – just one more way ProWritingAid helps every author develop!
You don’t need to be writing the Great American Novel to benefit from this platform. The grammar and style checking can work magic on your business emails, your sales copy and more. We especially recommend that all our clients use it for things like newsletters and blog posts to keep them on track in terms of precision and voice.
But the impact that ProWritingAid can have on your book is huge: there aren’t a lot of opportunities to get real insight into your writing as you’re working on your draft. It’s a game-changer for writers in any genre and in any stage of their career.
How can I learn more about ProWritingAid?
Check out the ProWritingAid website to find out how they can help you become a better writer – click right here to learn more!
Woohoo, the book is finally done! What a fantastic accomplishment!. You’re feeling good. But then, you start to wonder what comes next. What do you do after you’ve finished your first draft?
Our friends at ProWritingAid have the perfect solution for you… before you go to an editor, you’re going to want to spend time revising your book. And you might (okay, unless you are a professional, you WILL) need some help and guidance along the way.
As you go through this process, the book will change and evolve. You’ll work hard to get the book to a final product that can be seen by the public.
Editing Your Book Alone
This is never our suggested route. Even professional editors need an editor. If Stephen King still has a professional editor, then we all need to make sure we’ve had our book at least line edited. But… before you try to send it off to an editor (or even beta readers), you’re going to want to do some self-editing. And you know what tool is phenomenal for self-editing? You betcha. ProWritingAid.
Using Software to Edit Your Book
Editing software like ProWritingAid can help you improve your manuscript significantly before sending it off, saving you both time and money. An editing software can help you identify where you need to make improvements in your manuscript. The software can also give you suggestions for the changes you need to make.
And we have a great opportunity for you to get some tips directly from their lead content writer on revising and self-editing your manuscript.
After you’ve finished the self-editing process, then it’s time to bring in the professional editor. If you’ve done a thorough job in your revising, this will be far less painful, both on your heart and your wallet.
Be sure check out our ProWritingAid webinar on revising! Even if you’re not quite ready for that stage, it’s always good to be prepared for when the time arrives.
As writers, we can easily spend hundreds, even thousands, of dollars on tools, programs and more that we hope will help us in our craft. Heaven knows, I have spent countless dollars myself. I really wish I had a list like the one I'm about to share below, which is not only carefully curated but all are discounted for Black Friday, including my own course, Grow Your Author Platform.
I do want to note that I'm an affiliate for some of these products and programs, but I don't promote anything that I don't think is a good fit for my readers, and some of these tools I use myself!
If you missed out on getting a discounted ProWritingAid license during the 2020 Women in Publishing Summit, you're in luck because ProWritingAid is first on our list! ProWritingAid created their software based on the same ideas you would learn in a university writing course. The software addresses readability issues such as passive and hidden verbs, over-reliance on adverbs, repeated sentence starts, emotional tells and much more. These suggestions are the same as a professional copyeditor would give you (in fact many of them use ProWritingAid). By tightening your text upfront, your editor will be able to focus on the more important aspects of your work, such as tone of voice, narrative and character development. You’ll get a more polished piece of writing as a reward. Valid from 11/23 – 11/30.
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Instagram for Authors is a power packed course providing authors with all the tools they need to successfully use Instagram to Market and sell their books. Since implementing these strategies, our authors have been selling FOUR TIMES as many books at launch. We've been thrilled to see the results that our efforts have taken. Led by our IG strategist, this course is power-packed with all the tools you need to start and grow your Instagram account, as well as how to sell a ton of books at launch. DO NOT MISS IT!.
Write|Publish|Sell is dedicated to helping authors write, publish, and sell their books in the most professional way. We offer a variety of courses, coaching/consulting, done for you services and boutique publishing. Our company provides a unique experience, in that we have worked with authors through all stages of book creation and marketing, as well as through all routes to publishing. Alexa Bigwarfe brings with her the knowledge of running 3 of her own publishing houses, in addition to the Write|Publish|Sell business.
The Women in Publishing Summit is a week-long conference that provides resources and training to authors across all facets of writing, publishing, marketing, and author development. Made by women, for women, the conference not only delivers incredible content, we celebrate the achievements of women in the industry. Our sponsors provide incredible discounts and opportunities as well to our participants, to help them in the process. Sale ends 11/30.
Editing a manuscript is a big undertaking, both intellectually and emotionally. Being thorough can be difficult and time-consuming, but the creative story editing process always pays off. Fictionary StoryTeller makes editing easier by applying universal storytelling structures to each and every scene. Evaluate and revise your manuscript against 38 Fictionary Story Elements to tell a powerful story readers will naturally connect with. StoryTeller automatically creates powerful visuals by analyzing your manuscript from start to finish. Insights such as the Story Arc provide a 30,000-foot view of your manuscript and quickly highlight structural areas that need improvement.
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Are you concerned or confused about ALL the STEPS, timelines, and things you need to know about publishing your book? Well, don’t worry anymore! We’ve got you! This incredibly valuable product will provide all of the things you need to know to professionally publish your book, as well as the checklists and timelines to make sure you’re doing it in the right order and timeline. Plus, there are a ton of great bonuses! Publish Like A Pro is the answer to your publishing woes!
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The Freelance Writers Den is the online community where freelance writers learn how to grow their income — fast. Freelance Writers Den is the premier online resource for writers looking to launch and build lucrative freelance writing careers. Members have full access to the Den’s archive of over 300 hours of trainings. Other member benefits include: Find an accountability buddy Contract templates for freelancing Pitch examples and writing reviews to get gigs Monthly new live events to build your skills 24/7 online forums with peers and experts Access to our exclusive Junk-Free Job Board Discounts and priority access to coaching Discounts on full participation in our 3-4 bootcamps with pro writer presenters each year Be part of our active community of 1,300+ writers – avoid scams and know what to bid on writing jobs To sum up, the Den is the best value in online learning for freelance writers! Whether you need to learn better-paying types of writing or to hone your marketing chops, the Den has the training you need. Offer valid 11/24-11/30
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Join the 43K+ students who have elevated their writing and editing skills with this comprehensive Grammar Refresher course. In this online classroom, when you have grammar questions, you'll get grammar answers! Offer valid 11/27-11/29
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The Novel Factory Online is the ultimate online novel writing software for writers. It includes tons of useful novel writing tools, including: How to write a novel step-by-step guide, Novel writing templates, Character profile development questions, Character bio templates and so much more. The Novel Factory software can help you achieve your dream of writing a novel – it teaches you the craft of writing, while you complete your manuscript. Use code BLACKFRIDAY2020 to claim this deal! Valid 11/23-11/30
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Novlr is built by writers for writers, and is constantly in development – adding the features and changes that our writers tell us they need. It is the choice of writing tool for over 50,000 authors, chosen for its sharp, intuitive writing interface, its ease of use and because they can access it from any device, wherever they are in the world. Novlr has a distraction-free writing interface with a focus mode to remove all but the words; and day, evening and night modes to make sure it's easy on the eyes, no matter when you write. Novlr has a free in-app writing course included for those looking to learn something new, freshen up, or get ideas. And has powerful editing tools – powered by Pro-Writing Aid – for those already at the editing stage. Whatever stage you are in planning, writing or editing your novel – Novlr will help you do it better. Offer valid 11/23-11/30
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There’s a reason why so many successful writers use MasterWriter. It is simply the most powerful suite of writing tools ever assembled in one program. Why struggle to find the right word or phrase, when you can have all the possibilities in an instant? MasterWriter gives you Word Families, Phrases, Synonyms, Pop Culture, Rhymes, Definitions, a searchable Bible and Figures of Speech (Metaphors, Similes, Onomatopoeia, Idioms, Oxymorons, Allusions, Alliterations and Intensifiers, a one-of-a-kind source of intense descriptive words).
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SelfPubCon, the Self-Publishing Advice Conference, is run in association with the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) and runs twice a year in March and October, featuring the cream of self-publishing authors and advisors. The access passes give six-month or lifetime access to an extensive conference archive featuring self-publishing advisors like Michael Anderlé, Mark Dawson, Ricardo Fayet, Joanna Penn, Orna Ross and 100+ more.
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We had another great webinar this week, this time with AJ Ogilvie, of ProWritingAid. AJ and Alexa talked about creating clarity in writing and making your writing reader-centric. You can watch the replay at https://youtu.be/Y0AIq123oRU. Be sure to read to the bottom of this post to grab the time-sensitive discount from ProWritingAid, especially for WIP readers!
AJ Ogilvie is a professor of business communication at the University of Southern California. He has taught business communication, consulting, writing, and literature courses for over ten years, and has published research on the theories of teaching, learning and communication.
In this webinar you will learn:
How to craft sentences that produce clarity for readers
How to effectively organize information for readers
How to create writing that provides a fluid and low-effort reading experience for your audience
How to use ProWritingAid towards the goal of clarity in your writing
Consider Your WHY
What are you writing? Your genre will determine your goals and answer the WHY of your writing. If you are writing fiction and creative non-fiction, your motivation is to get your readers to FEEL something. If you are writing for business, your motivation is to persuade and inspire action of some sort.
AJ described two kinds of clarity:
Global clarity is the overall organization of your writing that keeps the reader on a clear path from the beginning to the end.
Local clarity is your word choice, composition, and the ability for the reader to keep pace with you as the author.
These two types of clarity work with each other to make up a coherent and easy experience for the reader.
The Five Principles of Clarity
Your subjects and verbs are the big actors and actions of the text.
On a sentence level, the subject and verb go at the beginning of the sentence.
Keep your subject and verb close together.
Keep your text reader-centric by keeping your subjects to a minimum.
Sentences should be linked logically.
In the video, AJ dives deeper into these five principles of clarity in writing. This is a true masterclass in refining your writing at the sentence and word level, a skill that many writers struggle with during the editing process. He also does a live demo of how this process looks in ProWritingAid, so be sure to head over to our webinars page to view the replay.
ProWritingAid is offering a 50% discount off a ProWritingAid license. Just go to https://womeninpublishingsummit.com/pwa, navigate to the pricing tab and use code WPS2050. Be sure to enter the code into the coupon code box beneath the pricing tables to update the pricing shown. This coupon code is valid for 48 hours, so jump on it now.
The cost of editing is probably the most frequently asked question from authors. The answer is: it depends. In the webinar, JoEllen goes over the different types of editors and what factors play into the cost of editing. One tip for lowering the cost of editing is to first do a self-edit, with a tool like ProWritingAid. The less work an editor has to do, the lower the cost.
Another strategy for lowering the cost of editing is to use beta readers. Beta readers are not a replacement for editors, but they can be helpful is pointing out egregious errors such as plot holes and repetition. Learn more about beta readers in this WPS blog post.
Another frequently asked question is, how do I find the right editor? The author-editor relationship is more personal than you'd think. JoEllen recommends shopping around to find the editor that will serve your book the best. One tip she shared for finding the right editor is to think about who your favorite writers are? Whose style would you like to emulate? Ask a potential editor if they are familiar with the work of that author.
You'll also want to take your genre into consideration. Every genre has it's own conventions, and you'll want an editor that is familiar with those conventions. Don't hire an academic editor for your romance novel, for example.
More importantly, you'll need to determine what stage of editing you are in, which JoEllen covers in the webinar. Different editors fill different needs. A developmental edit is much different from a copy edit, both in purpose and in cost.
Learn more about FirstEditing at firstediting.com, and use coupon code WIP19 to get 19% off services, until May 31st, 2020.
Head over to our webinars page to view the replay, and register for our upcoming webinars.