For the Author’s Toolbox by Joey Pinkney: Editorially, Web-based Collaborative Writing Tool
By Joey Pinkney
January 1, 2014 14:34
Do you have a writing project that requires more than just you to get it done?
Are you the editor of an online magazine or an anthology trying to herd cats…I mean…authors? 😀
Enter a collaborative writing tool called Editorially, which is a free, web-based and currently in beta.
In a recent interview with Angela Washek and MediaBistro.com, Editorially CEO Mandy Brown is quoted as saying:
“With so many people finding publishing as part of their job responsibilities, we felt there was a strong need for a web-native, editorial tool that can not only help people do their work, but help them get better at it through revision and discussion.”
One key feature of Editorially is the ability for a contributor to save his/her version of the document for later discussion.
Speaking of discussion…
Another practical feature of the web-based tool is the ability to comment and discuss things online if a certain passage in the shared document needs clarification.
The plain text writing environment is also a plus, especially for writers who are easily distracted by the bells and whistles that other online editors tend to be bloated with.
In a post on LifeHacker.com, Thorin Klosowski highlights the “full, easy-to-read conversations where a group can actually discuss the text.”
Editorially can be used:
by editors who need an easy way to get feedback on a literary document from an author
by a writing team who needs an easy meeting point for writers and editors who naturally spend a lot of time online
by an editor of an anthology to make sure individual entries are adhering to the guidelines of the anthology