Editorially – an online collaboration site by writers for writers closes doors

UPDATE: Editorially closing web site on May 30th, 2014.

From Editorially, ”

Today brings some sad news: Editorially is closing its doors. The application will remain available until May 30, at which point the site will go offline. We encourage all users to export their data.

We’re proud of the team and tool that we built together and incredibly thankful that so many of you were willing to give it a try. And we continue to believe that evolving the way we collaborate as writers and editors is important work. But Editorially has failed to attract enough users to be sustainable, and we cannot honestly say we have reason to expect that to change.

We wish that were not the case — we’ve spent much of the past two years working on the hypothesis that the reverse was true — but today we must be honest with ourselves, and with you: this isn’t going to work.

We know many of you have spent time and energy making Editorially a tool you use every day, even going so far as to evangelize it to your friends and colleagues. For that: thank you. We’re sincerely sorry to have let you down.”

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Editorially may be just the answer for the Smashwords Forum, as our forum is in the process of forming a Writers Group to help members become better writers.

The Smashwords Forum Writers Group (SWFWG) is in the early stages of formation, in the beta stage you might say. So is Editorially.

Some members of the Smashwords Forum are testing Editorially for suitability in achieving the purposes of the group, which includes Beta Readers – a designation given some forum members who have sufficient knowledge and experience in writing and are willing to offer their time as Beta Readers – helping evaluate the ease of use and capabilities of Editorially while at the same time improve the writing of SWFWG members using/testing Editorially.

Editorially has been excellent on all fronts, so far. Even though it is beta stage and bound to have a few bugs or need improvements here and there, members testing Editorially have found it easy to use, navigate, make comments/suggestions, and perform other collaborative efforts.

One minor quibble with Editorially is no explanatory text pops up when I hover my mouse over an icon when using my Firefox browser. The text may pop up with other browsers, but doesn’t with FF. Thus there were a few moments of fiddling about with a test page before I got a grasp of what the icons did. Not a major problem, but it takes a moment or two for the brain to kick in for lazy people like myself who are used to seeing explanatory popups when hovering over an icon.

Authors considering doing collaborative work should take a look at this relatively new site. It’s free, is in beta, and so far does everything I need.

The site is called Editorially, and you can reach it by clicking here. Take a few minutes to read about the site and what it offers. You may find it is just what you need.

The Smashwords Forum is open to all authors using Smashwords or considering using Smashwords to distribute their works. Free registration required for full access to site.

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