The Writer's Guide to Training Your Dragon

Using Speech Recognition Software to Dictate Your Book and Supercharge Your Writing Workflow
Narrated by: Scott Baker
Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
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Publisher's Summary

As writers, we all know what an incredible tool dictation software can be. It enables us to write faster and avoid the dangers of RSI and a sedentary lifestyle. But many of us give up on dictating when we find we can't get the accuracy we need to be truly productive.

This book changes all of that. With almost two decades of using Dragon software under his belt and a wealth of insider knowledge from within the dictation industry, Scott Baker will reveal how to supercharge your writing and achieve sky-high recognition accuracy from the moment you start using the software. You will learn:

  • Hidden tricks to use when installing Dragon NaturallySpeaking on a Windows PC or Dragon Dictate for Mac
  • How to choose the right microphone and set it up perfectly for speech recognition
  • The little-known techniques that will ensure around 99% accuracy from your first install - and how to make this even better over time
  • Setting up fail-safe dictation profiles with multiple microphones and voice recorders, without impacting your accuracy
  • How to train the software to adapt to both your voice and writing style and avoid your accuracy declining
  • Strategies for achieving your entire daily word count in just one or two hours
  • Many more tips and tricks you won't find anywhere else

It's time to write at the speed of speech - and transform your writing workflow forever!

©2016 Scott Baker (P)2016 Scott Baker
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I should have realized this was mostly about how t

I learned...
-The type of microphone recommended. I had it.
-Not to do a lot of Dragon's speaking exercises because it doesn't train Dragon for me. I wasn't.
-Practice with my phone apps that do voice to text. (Have been for years.)
-Practice until I get better.
-The experience of the author and his compelling reason for beginning to investigate dragon.

I haven't yet investigated the bonus material.

After I do that I may change my rating, but for now I am not sure that this had anything to do with training Dragon software for writers specifically.

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the dragon guru

loved it... the quintessential book on learning and installing dragon software and all of the hardware that is required. most highly recommended!

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2 hours of Windows or Mac 35 min of good info

The Windows or Mac debate is the majority of the book. I was hoping that there would be 2.5 hours of valuable information about how to set up and train the finer points of this rich soft wear suite. Alas, the small amount of useful information could be boiled down to a page or two of bullet points one for windows one for Mac. I thought this would help a lot but it mostly wasted my time.
in short use, the windows version get an up to date computer with max ram and a solid-state hi-speed hard drive to limit lag and data loss, get a good mike only load your own writing and emails into the trainer and don't use the pre-written scripts they are not your own personal words. there are a couple more things but that is the bulk of the text. the book is well read the story would be engaging if it were not so short on helpful info!

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This guide has saved my sanity.

I can't recommend this guide enough. Follow it! It's a step by step you'll be glad you have!

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How much cost rein in drought ?

I like better name Taming the Dragon
Enormously Valuable,save lot of time and aggravation and Money
.Definitely 5 star on all counts

I would recommended 10 min video, with exercise at the end and 1 is free
dictum sapienti sat

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I want to return this book and my account won’t let me.

I misunderstood and did not realize this was an instruction manual for a single program in particular. I am not interested in buying dragon, an expensive software and don’t want this book. My audible account is supposed to take returns, but the return button (in my account history) is missing for this purchase. Very frustrating.

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Not bad

Find it quite useful, Liked it. Small but: some repetitions. Would however still recommend it.

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Excellent!

Very good book, very good narration. Listened to the whole thing nonstop.
Very pleased. Good job.

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Exactly what I wanted to know

I've had two semi-disappointing runs at using dragon, but I can see how amazing it could be if I had it set up correctly. I realized my computer was too slow, frustrating to use, yet buzzed out 20,000 words of a potential book in a morning of talking. Now I know what hardware I need to get the program to work right, and have been given ideas for transcription options.

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Great Technical View of Dragon Dictation

Great technical guide to Dragon dictation. As a beginner, I found his detailed evaluation of microphones to be invaluable. If you’re debating on whether to get the Mac or PC version, buy this book. Highly recommended!

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  • GIE
  • 02-24-18

Brilliant book if you're into dictation via Dragon

What made the experience of listening to The Writer's Guide to Training Your Dragon the most enjoyable?

The content was fantastic. It answered every question I had and much more

Who was your favorite character and why?

There are no characters

What about Scott Baker’s performance did you like?

He tackled the subject of dictation from every ange

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

None

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  • Nicky Blue
  • 01-19-18

Very Clear Guide To Dictation

This book has got me up and running on Dragon in no time. Highly recommended

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  • RMcc
  • 06-07-20

a very useful book

this book identifies a number of issues that must be considered when before trying to use dragon.