Write a good book in the first place. That’s the number rule I share with authors of all genres. Part of writing a good book is editing. I loathe seeing books that tell a good story but are rife with errors making them difficult to read.
One of the tools that can help you self-edit is Grammarly. Grammarly is an online tool that checks spelling, grammar, and punctuation. It comes in a free and paid version. The free version is robust enough to handle everything from emails to social media posts to print and ebooks.
The paid version catches more complex errors and includes a thesaurus. Add either version as an extension in Google Chrome. The paid version can be added to Microsoft Word and other word processing applications.
It’s easy for self-published authors to overlook errors in their own writing. Once your brain knows what’s supposed to be there, your eye will often see it even if it’s not actually there. Weird. But true!
Don’t rely on Grammarly as the sole editor, though. Be sure to have your manuscript proofread by a human being – preferably a professional editor.
Grammarly also has a cool blog. Check out their posts on increasing writing acumen, writing resources, the correct use of hyphens and more.