Reviews Of Interest To Freelance Writers

Here are the links to books and products I’ve reviewed and recommend for freelance writers.

Books freelance writers must have:

Software and other geeky stuff for freelance writers

Business Cards

If you’ve got a product, service or book that helps freelance writers you’d like me to review, contact me by email and I’ll probably agree.

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Gerard August 23, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Hi Ann,

Thank you for posting this review. I’ll make sure that I go through some of these books and products you recommend for freelance writers.

Best regards,

Gerard
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Gwynneth August 24, 2011 at 7:49 am

Before venturing into the realm of LinkedIn.com (I KNEW there was a reason I had not availed myself of this before, you should go to McAfee’s siteadvisor rating page and view how many risks you take on by using it. These are actual problems reported by users. Here is a link:

http://www.siteadvisor.com/sites/linkedin.com

I recommend NoScript.net and its four listed sites for checking any questionable site or script request!

This also holds for blogger.com and wordpress.

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Anne August 24, 2011 at 11:49 am

Interesting. McAfee seems to like it and there are 7 users who do and 5 reports of problems. Leary of noscript because the first link in text is an offer to scan my pc… big red flag for me.

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Elizabeth West September 15, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Ooh, that sounds neat. I tried the voice thing in Vista on my laptop but it can’t understand me. I don’t have much of an accent or anything; I think it’s just stupid.

So instead of this:

Mary had a little lamb.

I get this:

Mareh hap flershgnner arlmokwek.

I think I will keep my eye out for DNS.

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jorgekafkazar December 25, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Elizabeth, are you sure you didn’t get the Finno-Ugric version?

“Beware the fershlugginger arlmokwek, my son, and shun the frumious bandersnatch…”

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Amelia Ramstead February 3, 2011 at 11:57 am

Sounds Welch to me….

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Amelia Ramstead February 3, 2011 at 11:59 am

Ugh, won’t let me delete!

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annew February 3, 2011 at 12:57 pm

no worries, really.

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Amelia Ramstead February 3, 2011 at 11:58 am

Sounds Welsh to me….

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Deidre May 8, 2009 at 11:29 am

Anne,

Have you ever used Dragon Naturally Speaking? There were many reviews of it on Wordpress, but I’d like your opinion. Currently, I have MS Speech and haven’t used it much because I have to train it to my voice.

Deidre

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Tom McKay December 9, 2009 at 5:41 pm

Deirdre,

I use DNS – sometimes. I’m an awful hunt ‘n’ peck typist who spends as much time fixing my mistakes as I do actually writing. Let me share some personal thoughts about using it.

First, the latest version (v10) is much, much much better than earlier versions, but you do need a fairly peppy, up-to-date PC to make it do its tricks. No training is needed, it’s ready to go right out of the box. but I do suggest you buy a better headset than the one they include.

But for me, the main thing was how different the writing process is. Writing using vox recognition software is a whole different animal, very different from typing, at least for me. It’s much faster — if you know what you’re going to say/write. That’s certainly not always the case for me!

Also, my fingers often type things my mind didn’t know I was going to say. Spontaneous creativity, if you will. That doesn’t happen with DNS.

If you’re considering buying it, be sure to keep an eye out for sales. I got it from Newegg for $49 — about half price. I saw it recently on Amazon (I think it was) for one day only, for $29!

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Anne December 10, 2009 at 11:46 am

That’s Dragon Naturally Speaking… no training in v10? Lovely. I’ve got one version or another… I’ll have to see if I can upgrade.

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jorgekafkazar December 25, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Tom: I suspect that eventually your lips will short-circuit your forebrain and start to make serendipitous Freudian slips just like your fingers do.

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Daniel @ BloggableStuff January 22, 2012 at 12:31 am

I’ve used Dragon before as well with a good amount of success. Definitely need the hardware that can keep up, though.
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annew January 23, 2012 at 1:42 pm

I’m thinking I need to try it again… although today I don’t want to learn anything new ;)

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