As an author, words and language are the medium through which you create your art. As such, you must have a good grasp of spelling and grammar.
One misconception commonly held by new authors is that publishers will hire an editor to fix your typos and grammar mistakes. While this might be true for the big five publishers, it's not true for smaller independent publishers.
Before sending your work to any publisher, it should be as error free as possible.
Check out these handy tools that can help get your manuscript in tiptop shape.
Mastering the The English language grammar rules is tough as there are simply so many of them. However, the Internet means that answers are just a click away.
One of our favourite web-based tools is Reverso. If you struggle with tense, prepositions, or modal verbs, Reverso can help.
Commonly confused words
The English language is replete with mind-boggling grammar rules and spellings. It's no wonder that there are so many commonly confused words i.e. there, their, and they're.
These lists of commonly confused words will help you find exactly the word you need.
Character traits & emotions
No character is all good or all evil. The best characters have a mix of traits and behaviours. These tools might come in handy when developing your cast of characters.
Here's a list of other resources you might find helpful.
Guide to not getting killed in a quaint English village
Editing and publishing services & resources
Before sending your work out to publishers, we recommend engaging the services of a professional editor. IPEd has editors that specialise in all kinds of editing from developmental editing to proofreading.
Sometimes we all need to check the meaning of a word before using it.
Dictionaries not only show us what words mean, they show us how to pronounce them and how to use them correctly in sentences. Some dictionaries even show you abbreviations.