Friday, October 28, 2011
Say Hello to My Little Friend
My Kindle helps me edit.
It's an idea I've borrowed (er, stolen) from Alan Ryker. Throw your manuscript on Kindle (don't worry about formatting--any old mobi will do), and then turn on text to speech. What a bonus. Seriously. I've found many areas I want to fix only after hearing "someone else" read my book.
One funny little bit--the robo-voice pauses longer for commas than periods. It makes for strange phrasing at times. Not to mention the humor of hearing an expressionless voice say phrases such as:
"...we can't call snow-plows-r-us..." or "We'd be fine if dipshit hadn't landed us in the ditch."
Need a mobi? Save your manuscript as a filtered web page (from the drop down menu) and convert with Calibre. I like to follow along on-screen as the robo-voice reads.
What does all this mean for you, dear readers? In the Memory House is that much closer...
Posted by Aaron Polson at 8:31 AM