As part of the editing process for What We Need to Survive back in late 2015, I wrote about how I read my novel to myself out loud to find errors my proofreaders had missed.
It worked amazingly well, but I won’t lie–it was a tiring process.
Recently, a better option came to my attention. TTSReader, a free text-to-speech app. Instead of reading it myself, I get to listen to a pleasantly robotic female voice read my novel to me.
In the first three chapters alone, I found two typos, three missing words, and six instances of word repetition that were more obvious out loud than on the page.
And I got to knit while I was listening, setting the project down whenever I needed to pause and make a correction.
I will say, the app accepts files in both text and PDF format, but when I used a…
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