The Top 5 Manuscript Editing Software

by Lisa Lepki Jan 18, 2017, 0 Comments

Which is the Best Manuscript Editing Software for Writers?

Here at ProWritingAid, we’re constantly evolving our manuscript editing software, as we have for the past four years. In fact, we’re so certain that our manuscript editing software is miles above the competition, we’re discussing their pros and cons and linking to their websites below so you can check for yourselves. (Crazy? No, just incredibly confident.)

We’ve shown Amazon's Alexa.com ranking for each website to give you a gauge of its popularity in search engines. Just so you know, Google is ranked #1, and Amazon itself is ranked #4. As you can see, ProWritingAid is nearly three times as popular as our nearest competitor.

Let’s get started.

ProWritingAid (Alexa ranking: 27,802)

Price: $40 for 1 year ($3/month), $60 for 2 years ($2.50/month), $140 lifetime

Why you want to use ProWritingAid’s manuscript editing software:

  • A summary report that shows you exactly where your writing needs work and how it compares to other writers’ work.
  • 19 reports covering over 26 areas from grammar to overused words, readability scores, sticky sentences, pacing, dialogue tags, repeats, and so much more.
  • Add-ins for Word, Scrivener, Google Docs, WordPress, and more so you can analyze your work right in the application.
  • Works on both Mac and Windows operating systems.

And the cons:

  • You need an internet connection to run it
  • No Word add-in currently for Mac users (but you can use the Desktop App to work with Word documents on a Mac)

Autocrit (Alexa ranking: 110,267)

Price: $359.64 for 1 year ($29.97 per month)

Pros of using Autocrit:

  • Recommendations in over 25 areas
  • Highlights key areas agents and editors look at
  • Compares your manuscript to published fiction

Autocrit’s cons:

  • Incredibly expensive
  • You need an internet connection to run it
  • No add-ins at all to your favorite word processing applications

Wordrake (Alexa ranking: 394,813)

Price: Word-only package—$129 for 1 year, $229 for 2 years, $259 for 3 years

Reasons for Wordrake:

  • Designed for professional business writing
  • Strikes or replaces clunky verbiage
  • You accept or reject each suggestion

And reasons not to use Wordrake:

  • Designed for business writing, not manuscript editing
  • Only works in Word
  • Limited functionality

Edit Minion (Alexa ranking: 590,602)

Price: Free (Beta version)

Pros of Edit Minion:

  • Checks Greek, Latin, Germanic words, too
  • Free to use!!
  • Links to other fun websites like Write or Die and boredMuse

Cons of Edit Minion:

  • Serious restrictions on how much text you can analyze (less than a chapter)
  • Very restrictive functionality (only 7 basic checks)
  • Beta version; still working out the kinks

StyleWriter (Alexa ranking: 2,211,902*)

*StyleWriter didn’t have a standard ranking on Alexa because it doesn’t have enough traffic data. It did have a global rating, which we used.

Price: Starter - $90, Standard - $150, Professional - $190

Good things about StyleWriter:

  • 12 style-checking reports
  • Proofreading checks include Sexist Writing
  • You can customize several reports

Where StyleWriter lacks:

  • Works only with Microsoft Office
  • Not very mobile; can only use on one computer
  • You have to buy a site license if you want to use the software on your laptop and work computer

Conclusion

And there you have it. The nitty gritty about each app. Don’t let ProWritingAid’s inexpensive price fool you. It’s by far the most comprehensive manuscript editing software on the market. We are committed to keeping our editing tool reasonably priced and available to as many writers as we can.

Even though we’re slightly biased, ProWritingAid offers the best value for the price. You get the most functionality of any manuscript editing software on the market, which is what you want when you start the self-editing process.

But seriously, don’t take our word for it. Check out the competition. We’re confident you’ll be back.

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One caveat: We only included manuscript editing software that goes beyond grammar and spelling to include style, clarity, and other manuscript checks like pacing. We specifically excluded software limited to checking grammar like Grammarly and Ginger because we wanted to compare apples to apples. We’ll take a look at the grammar checkers in the next article, so keep an eye out.

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About the Author:

Lisa Lepki is the Editor of the ProWritingAid blog. A word nerd, she loves the technical elements of writing almost as much as the writing itself. She is the co-author of The Novel-Writing Training Plan and 20 Editing Tips from Professional Writers Her work can also be found on Writer’s Digest, bookbaby.com, The Write Life, and DIYAuthor. Contact her on lisa@prowritingaid.com.

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