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The Writer's Guide to Training Your Dragon: Using Speech Recognition Software to Dictate Your Book and Supercharge Your Writing Workflow (Dictation Mastery for PC and Mac) Paperback – February 19, 2016
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- "The definitive book on Dragon for writers"
- "Techniques that seem to dramatically jump-start the accuracy of the software far beyond anything I've tried before"
- "Extremely helpful and informative"
- "The most comprehensive tool I've ever encountered when it comes to dictating. The author really knows his stuff"
- "This is the guide I'd write if I were an experienced Dragon user"
- "An excellent guide to the ins and outs of working with speech recognition software"
- "Some of the advice runs counter to what you'll find in other books on the subject, but for me what he says makes sense and works!"
- "Essential Guide to doing Dragon right... Five stars and well deserved"
- "This book doubled my writing output, even after years of using speech recognition software... Following his advice, I had to make only three corrections in over 800 words of dictation"
- "If Nuance included a copy of this book with every purchase of Dragon it would prevent a lot of user frustration and improve the rating of their product"
- "My productivity level as a freelance writer has skyrocketed! I also reached out to Scott Baker with a specific question, and he graciously replied with a complete and prompt answer"
- "This Book Should Come With Dragon Products!"
- "Loaded with Great Tips & Info... the accuracy I'm achieving is nothing short of amazing"
- "Using Dragon? You NEED this book!"
- "This will give you a massive boost in performance"
- "Without talking down to you he explains everything you need to know for both versions of Dragon"
- "My dictation results improved dramatically"
- "The perfect guide. If this book had been around a year or two ago it would have saved me a lot of prevarication"
About the Author
Scott Baker has written dozens of books under various pen names and spent most of the last decade working as a freelance writer for numerous publications in the UK. He first began dabbling with Dragon voice recognition software in the late 1990s when it was, quite frankly, terrible. Things have improved dramatically since then and Scott now uses dictation on a daily basis, taking advantage of the tricks and techniques used by professionals within the speech recognition industry to write thousands of words per hour.
He lives in the North of England with his wife, two sons and a tank full of tropical fish.
Top customer reviews
The results, from my perspective, have been startling. Having followed the recommendations in the book, I finally feel like Dragon is a tool that is working with me, not against me. There's a lot in here I've never tried or even known about before and my accuracy is, without question, much higher than I've ever achieved in the past. The author does stress how important your microphone is, but there are also techniques that seem to dramatically jumpstart the accuracy of the software far beyond anything I've tried before.
The excellent section on transcription is worth the price of the book alone, but the multitude of tips in here are essential for anyone just wanting to dictate at their desk. For anyone wanting to incorporate Dragon into their writing life, this is highly recommended.
Yesterday afternoon, I read "The Writer's Guide to Training Your Dragon...," and immediately went to work, following his advice. I set up my microphone and added a new Dragon profile, exactly the way he said. I followed his dictation tips, and -- wow! -- my writing speed doubled on the first try.
This is important: Following his advice, I had to make only three corrections in over 800 words of dictation. (I'm writing something historical, so some of the words aren't in Dragon's dictionary.) That's impressive.
Baker's advice took the stress and frustration out of using speech recognition software. I'm no longer distracted by the errors, so I can write better, faster, and more fluidly.
I'm grateful to Scott Baker for sharing so many helpful tips. The quality of my writing improved, overnight, and my output has doubled on the first try.
Like most writers dictating doesn't come naturally. As Baker points out people feel self-conscious talking to themselves out loud. Along with suggestions on how to resolve the awkwardness of dictating he offers practical suggestions for equipment and software settings.
I've got a confession. Baker's book wasn't the first book that I read on the subject, but it was the only one that gave a realistic approach on using Dragon. Some of the advice runs counter to what you'll find in other books on the subject, but for me what he says makes sense and works!
It's a quick read in layperson's terms. The author covers a wide range of topics in detail and explains *why* he's recommending what he's recommending, allowing users to understand how the product functions so they can make their own decisions, when necessary. He also offers tips for more advanced product usage.
This is the guide I'd write if I were an experienced Dragon user. I don't know the author. I wrote this review to encourage those with a desire (or a need) to dictate, but are hesitant to tackle Dragon's learning curve. Problem solved.
And he makes it look easy