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Authors ... Get a professional edit for FREE!

Some of you may have notice that I passively promote Grammarly at the bottom of my blog posts. Some may also wonder why a book cover artist, not a writer, promotes a writing tool for authors, lol. 

It's simple ... I use Grammarly. I'm an artist who doesn't want to look like a total moron to my main clientele ... Authors. At least, that's why I started using and promoting Grammarly.

Now that I've got 500+ books under my belt, and lots of experience working with new and not-so-new authors and editors, I've learned the second biggest detriment to a book's success is poor editing (poor cover art being the biggest).

For authors going the traditional route, if a manuscript is poorly edited, it's less likely to be contracted. Yes, trad PHs include editing as part of the deal, but they have to pay their editors approximately $45/hr. If they foresee more than 'X' amount of hours is needed to get a manuscript ready for publication, what they really see is the fat check they need to pay out in advance, before the book ever sees the light of day and can start recouping costs in royalties. The story may be hot, but poor grammar will kill it before it has a chance to thrive.

Indie authors have different reasons for needing a professionally edited manuscript. True they don't need to impress an acquisition's editor, but they have the toughest crowd of all ... The readers. 

Self-published books, although more acceptable than 10-20 years ago, still fight an uphill battle for acceptance. Most of the publishing industry, including the booksellers, continue to frown on self-published books and deservedly so. The vast majority of self-published books are poorly designed, edited, and written.

Now, there are  hundreds of thousands of self-published books each year ... 75% of all books are self-published. Authors desiring the control self-publishing offers, yet still wanting to present a well-written, professionally edited book, would usually have to pay $1500-$2500 for a standard-sized novel (50,000 words). The more that editor has to do, the more you, the author has to invest.

Considering that you also need to pay for a cover artist and/or a designer, you are looking at another $500 - $2500 in artistic services. And since most writers don't have the skills needed to create their own visual marketing tools, saving on editing costs is usually the safer route. But, the manuscript still needs a proper edit... Grammarly has the best solution.

The software has several writing styles to choose from, just as well, since there is a big difference between technical writing, general writing, and creative writing. It even has an add-in for Microsoft Office Word, allowing one to have the power of Grammarly right in the document. If you don't use Word, but free software like OpenOffice or LibraOffice, you can use their online editor by just signing in. :D

4,000,000 (yes, million) people trust Grammarly to prepare their manuscripts from 250 different grammatical errors. It works as well for articles, reports, and even emails to insure we all don't look like idiots in this world of international, online communication. My fourteen-year-old son uses it for his school work. It's really helped to improve his writing because it doesn't do the work for him, it points out the errors and gives a mini-lesson as to why it's wrong, then he edits and re-scans for errors. It even points out wordiness, synonyms, passive voice. It even looks for plagiarism.

People who can benefit from using Grammarly :

Students and Academia
Proofread essays and academic papers
Polish emails, memos and proposals
Job Applicants
Edit resumes and cover letters
Authors and Writers
Proofread editorial copy, blog posts, and stories
English Learners and Native Speakers
Spell check, improve text and writing skills
Medical and Technical Writers
Grammar check medical reports, product descriptions and white papers

Grammarly has been featured in:

Grammarly also fits all budgets...

From emails, to business proposals, to social media updates, most people write every day. Grammarly can help. Grammarly is trusted by students, professional writers, business people, bloggers, and people who just want to write better. No matter what your writing situation is, Grammarly adapts to your needs, giving you the confidence of mistake-free writing every time you write.

If you are a Chrome user, Grammarly has a free version. Plans are in the works for the other well-used browsers, too. For those who want premium services:

Premium  Plans


$37.95 $29.95
per month


$74.95 $59.95
per quarter
($19.98 per month)


$174.95 $139.95
per year
($11.66 per month)

Check out Grammarly to improve your writing, today. :D

Onto wrapping up the next book :D

Until next time ...
Aidana WillowRaven


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*Blurbs and quotes provided are not edited by WillowRaven, but posted as provided by author/publisher. 


  1. Aidana...I got stuck on your website. I just kept finding more and more things I like. I figured I may as well leave a comment to pay for the time I've spent here. Love everything about your site. Keep up the good work.

    1. Lol ... Thank you. What a wonderful compliment. Did you just hang out here on my blog or did you browse the main website, too?


  2. I use Grammarly's free service as I don't have the budget for the premium service just now and because I use Word 2003. Having said that, I did try it out for a month to see if it was something I wanted to pay for at some point. For the most part, I was happy with it. My style of writing, however, probably drove the program crazy! I do tend to break rules! :) So someday, I might go premium.

    But the plagiarism thing can be annoying. While I was rewriting a story, Grammarly kept bringing up all the places on the net where I'd posted excerpts of the book previously. Just that alone made it look like I was a criminal! Most of the rest of my "plagiarisms" were generic sentences probably every writer has used at some point or other. 'He kissed her.' 'The car turned a corner and sped off down the road.' Things like that. I believe I ended up turning that feature off.

    But I'm sure for others it would be useful.


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