Clinked has been a lifesaver in what could have been a messy, time-consuming project!
- A first-time author and two editors trying to produce quality work on a shoestring budget
- Located in Ankara (Turkey), Istanbul (Turkey), and Los Angeles, California (USA)
- A ten-hour time difference and a project requiring extensive discussion
- A 94,000-word manuscript to edit, polish, produce, and market
Ren Diller is the author of debut novel The Fracture of a Dream, a literary-fiction work about life, death, and everything in between. As a first-time author, Diller has been navigating the world of publishing using trial-and-error, looking for time-saving ways to put together a professional product.
Diller had enlisted the help of an editor friend to comment on the first draft of her manuscript. They started by editing within Microsoft Word and sending a flurry of e-mails back and forth, asking questions and responding with suggestions. It quickly became clear that this was not an efficient system—especially when Diller decided to bring on a second editor to read her next draft. The many e-mailed critiques and ideas were already becoming buried among discussions of book layouts, website design, marketing, and other writerly concerns.
Protection of the creative and intellectual property the group was developing, Diller wanted a secure and private space for the group to continue its work. She also needed a way to streamline the suggested edits she was receiving from both editors, to make the revision process more efficient. Clinked had everything they needed, including an online document editor, activity stream, task scheduler, and a dedicated area for threaded discussions (no more jumping from topic to topic!). Best of all, Clinked had a minimalist design that seemed engaging, rather than clinical and impersonal. Diller wanted to keep the workspace appealing and bright during the editors’ thankless task of scrutinizing 94,000 words—multiple times.
Ren Diller on Clinked:
“With Clinked at our fingertips, my collaborators and I can access the work files from any computer with Internet. With the group calendar, we can all monitor the timelines and stay motivated for each aspect of the novel. I can schedule due dates for my editors and focus on revising, not sending them reminders. Instead of an inbox full of lengthy e-mails about everything we want to discuss, the three of us are free to share and reply to tips, resources, and ideas within discussion threads. Clinked has been a lifesaver in what could have been a messy, time-consuming project!”