Should I use Grammarly or hire an editor?

In this age of tech, work has become much easier to do, but can we comprise on the human factor when it comes to writing and publishing? 

Chris recently finished his debut novel and was overjoyed to finally be able to rest his fingers and sleep soundly at night knowing that his lifelong dream of writing a novel had come true.

But there was still one more step to take. He needed to edit the novel, which he loathed. An ad appeared on his screen one evening while he was browsing the internet.

He had looked at sites like Upwork and even spoken with an editor referred to him by a friend, Amanda, but the fees were quite high, and Sam didn’t have a budget for it at the time.

So the ad read:

“Good grammar is now scotch free. Free Online Writing Assistant. Try Grammarly for free Today.”

He signed up right away. The interface was lovely, and he began pasting his novel, chapter by chapter, and fixing over 5000 errors in his 25000-word document.

Chris was so excited that he boldly went on his phone and deleted the editor’s number, saying, “Mehn, AI rules! Who needs an editor when Grammarly is available?”

One week later, his book was available on Amazon, and people were buying it. Chris was already imagining himself as an Amazon Bestseller when, 72 hours after the book went LIVE, he began receiving negative feedback and numerous one-star reviews.

People were upset:

“I couldn’t understand what the characters were saying in this novel. They were Spanish characters, but the entire lingua sounded too American. What a phony novel.”

Another reader stated, 

“Clearly, this author did not hire an editor. What is this nonsense? So many inconsistencies and name changes. It became difficult to figure out who said what. One star is too high for this book. What!”

“Oh my God! This writer must have published his first draft. Who publishes a novel with so many incorrectly placed punctuation marks? Did he even read what he wrote? Hahaha…lol”

What’s the lesson here?

Technology has changed the way we work, but we are supposed to use the tools to help us work better, not completely rely on them.

When it comes to writing, especially editing, you should never fire your editor. You could make do with digital tools for a quick edit if you were writing an email or a simple letter to a friend or a meeting minute, but when you want to release your book to the world, you need more eyes than your own to see what you’ve done. You require real-time feedback from a human.

Here’s what we recommend:

1. After finishing the first draft of your book, take a week off before returning to it.

2. Reread it and make any necessary changes.

3. Run it through Grammarly and other online editing tools, but pay close attention to every suggestion it makes and read to ensure it fits the meaning you want your content to convey.

4. HIRE A GOOD EDITOR. Nothing in the world can replace this. It is impossible to replace real-time feedback from a professional editor who is disciplined and ready to polish your manuscript to a global standard.

At Heart2World Publishing, we offer premium ghostwriting, editing, and publishing services. It’s time you hired us.

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