A word on Wordy

This article was first published in the March/April, 2011, issue of SfEP‘s magazine Editing Matters.

This article was edited by Richard at Wordy at 1:05 pm CET. The edit took 35 minutes and cost €8.42. Richard found over 40 errors in the text – all of them preventing me from getting my message across. This speed, price and quality makes for an excellent online service, and after one year in business I have a few thoughts on editing, on Wordy, and on what it takes to turn the two into something viable.
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Distributing Wordy.com

For Wordy, to build a large, returning customer base is key to keeping all 130+ UK and US English copy-editors on the platform busy. And though it might sound self-evident, the irregular needs of most customers to use professional copy-editing simply demands a well-sized customer base. So, launching an online copy-editing service that works (and works really well) is one thing. Another is distributing Wordy through as many outlets as possible, making professional copy-editing one-click-easy to obtain. Here are some thoughts on distributing Wordy.
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Copy-editing subscriptions and tweaks galore

Something is happening at Wordy.com. We’ve committed a set of comprehensive copy-editing subscription plans and made numerous tweaks and adjustments to the platform. The tweaks should provide an even smoother user experience, but the subscription plans are really something else. Publishers, meet your future editing service.
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Integration of copy-editing in any publishing workflow

One of the key features of Wordy is the possibility to integrate professional human copy-editing in any publishing workflow. Wordy’s open application programming interface (API) makes it possible for all third-party developers to make real human Wordy copy-editing available on their specific platform.

Due to the immense number of publishing platforms, the API must adhere to at least two different scenarios: the direct payment option, where users make transactions directly with Wordy, and the indirect payment option, where uses are already running a subscription-based account with their platform provider. Integrating Wordy into these two scenarios results in a few very interesting design possibilities.
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