Monday, March 17, 2008

Proofeader for hire: Gramlee gives your first draft a second chance

There's a dirty little secret among all writers: it's easy to proofread someone else's writing, but damn hard to proofread your own writing. There's a simple reason for this: when you're reading your own work, you know what to expect--so you impose the correct words/phrases on your writing even when they're not there. When you read someone else's writing, however, you are objective simply because it's all new to you. That's why I included getting feedback on the list of habits that most good writers share. Sure, you might be able to get by without a proofreader, but it's a risk.

But now--for a small fee--it's a risk you don't have to take, thanks to Gramlee.

What's Gramlee, you ask? Well, the idea's pretty simple: just copy your text into the Gramlee interface, and their "team of professional writers" e-mails you an edited version, usually within 24 hours. It's not an automated service: it's real people, responding with what appears to be an individualized response.

It sounds great in theory, but there's an easy way to judge how good it is in practice: Gramlee offers a free 100-word trial, no strings attached. In fact, I'm going to submit the first 87 words of this post and follow up with the results later this week. I'd encourage you to give it a try, too, and comment back with your thoughts.

Hat tip: The Marketing Technology Blog

1 comment:

Douglas Karr said...

Looking forward to your findings!