4 Comments

  1. Mark
    1 November 2014 @ 3:13 am

    A very interesting post and it’s got this writer thinking too, as I do about an hour of walking each day.
    Two years on, are you still dictating first drafts and having them transcribed?

    Based on the sample in your post, it looks like about 200 words would cost around $20 from iDictate and that seems comparable to the $1/min pricing from some other providers. So, a 60,000 word novel would be nearly $600 – the cost of doing business.

    • Eric
      1 November 2014 @ 5:57 am

      Yes. I still dictate my first drafts, and your math on the cost is correct. Thanks for the comment. I hope you give dictation a shot. It’s a skill, but not a hard one to learn.

  2. NathanAEmery
    27 September 2016 @ 11:26 pm

    Dear Eric,
    Know this post is old news, but are you still using iDictate? I like the features they list and the price point, plus you have such a shining review of them here. I know I myself can dictate much more than I can type (barring the same editorial slashing of course that we all must do to make anything better). The though, and or reason I type this, is well, I don’t like the learning curve of using software for dictation to be honest with you. Another major annoyance is that you have to be connected to the internet in order for most dictation software to even work-and I like to walk and talk. So human transcription. I’d appreciate your thoughts on this topic again anyway! Best wishes on whatever new book you’ve got cooking.
    Keep writing.
    Nathan A. Emery

    • Eric
      28 September 2016 @ 10:50 am

      Hi Nathan, thanks for the comment in question. I am not still using iDictate, but not because I was dissatisfied with them. I’ve continued to experiment with Dragon dictate for Mac. With version 5 discovered I found it to be up to the task for my process. I understand your resistance to using dictation software, so i’m not going to try to convince you to go that route. Let me just say that with a good microphone, and some practice, my dictation results with Dragon are on par with human transcription.

      The only other service I used much was called wescribeit.com and I don’t know if they’re still around. An important thing to remember with human transcriptionists is that they’ll benefit if you upload a document with any special character names, unusual lingo, and that sort of thing. I also would put instructions right in the dictation sometimes. For instance, I would always say at the beginning, “note to transcriptionist, please use one space after a period.”

      Dictation is powerful for productivity, I wish you the best of luck with your writing.

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