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Frequently Asked Questions


Who would benefit from an AutoCrit membership?

AutoCrit is specifically designed for fiction writers. It’s an invaluable tool for anyone who wants to cut down on the time and stress involved in producing a polished manuscript, without compromising the quality of their work or their creative vision.

Better yet, AutoCrit lets you adjust your editing guidance based on your choice of genre or even the author you hope to emulate. Let’s say you want to appeal to sci-fi readers. Simply select Sci-Fi in the editor and AutoCrit will customize the recommendations it gives you based on input from thousands of successful published sci-fi books in our database. You can even compare your writing to that of bestselling authors like J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, James Patterson, Suzanne Collins, Tom Clancy, and more!

I already have a human editor I trust with my work. Would AutoCrit still be helpful?

Yes! When you revise your draft with AutoCrit first, you’ll give your editor a much cleaner manuscript. That means he or she can stop focusing on nitty-gritty details like how many adverbs you’ve used (almost always too many) and start looking at the bigger picture, helping you tune your storytelling to perfection.

We love human editors (in fact, quite a few use our software!), so it’s our goal to make sure you have the best, most rewarding experience working together.

I’ve worked hard to develop my voice as a writer! Will AutoCrit take that away?

Absolutely not. AutoCrit produces recommendations based on style guidelines and trends in published fiction, but you’re always in control as the author. You’re free to ignore any recommendation that doesn’t work for you.

How can I get help with using AutoCrit?

For the best possible user experience, AutoCrit includes a full suite of features guides, explanations to help you interpret each analysis, and advice on best practices for self-editing. If you get stuck, just head to support and we’ll give you guidance.

What kind of tech do I need to use AutoCrit?

AutoCrit is an online web-based software. You can use it from any internet-enabled device, so you’re always ready to write and edit wherever you go (provided there’s an internet connection). Although our website is optimized for mobile viewing, we recommend using a desktop or laptop PC/Mac for the best editing experience.

What if I’m not ready to edit my manuscript yet?

Why not edit as you write? Whether you’re a “pantser” or a planner, AutoCrit will help you edit chapter-by-chapter. You’ll not only be making improvements as you go, you’ll be learning to avoid those issues as your novel progresses. The more you learn, the less you’ll have to fix with future chapters.

How will I know if I like AutoCrit?

Sign up at one of our most popular levels and give it a whirl! You’ll get 14 days of full functionality for just $1, with no obligation to continue beyond that if you don’t want to. If you find you’re not writing (how sad!) and don’t need AutoCrit for a while, simply cancel your subscription. We understand. You can reactivate your membership at any time. Just use the same email address when you purchase, and you’ll be able to pick up right where you left off.

What makes AutoCrit different from apps like Grammarly and tools like ProWritingAid?

It’s apples and oranges. Tools like Grammarly and ProWritingAid are generalists. They cater to all kinds of people doing all kinds of writing, from business to academic to creative. AutoCrit is a tool for specialists. We’re 100% focused on the needs of fiction writers and authors.

AutoCrit helps fiction writers quickly and easily refine their work by providing the most relevant, impactful feedback. The software dynamically adjusts your editing guidance based on data from millions of published books across many different genres and even lets you compare your work to published fiction by bestselling authors.

Did you really scan millions of books to help me compare my writing to published fiction?

Yes! Literally, millions of complete, successful published novels have been scanned and fed into AutoCrit. It’s the only software of its kind on the market. AutoCrit goes beyond the guidance found in style manuals and editing guides. Creativity meets technology in this real-world data, smartly applied for your benefit.

With AutoCrit, you can compare your work directly to real, published fiction from some of the top publishing houses in genres such as Mystery/Suspense, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Romance. A couple clicks are all it takes to see whether your manuscript matches publishing standards. You can even compare your writing to that of your favorite author to see how you stand up. Want to know who uses more adverbs, you or Stephen King? Now you can find out!

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