Wordy is a real-time, human, copy-editing and proofreading service for everything you write. Wordy optimises the accuracy, consistency and readability of content from Fortune 500 business reports to website copy.
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How do I sign up as an editor?
As an editor on Wordy we expect you to have an excellent, professional working knowledge of the language, grammar, usage, punctuation and standard editorial conventions (e.g. New Hart’s Rules, Chicago Manual of Style, etc.).
Please take time to familiarise yourself with Wordy's house style(s) before you sign up as an editor. Also, please note the sign-up process takes approximately 1 hour.
Click ‘Sign up’ at the top right corner. Fill out your profile. Add at least two named references with full contact information. Finally, complete the language test which consists of (a) a multiple-choice test and (b) an on-screen editing test. Each language test takes approximately 50 minutes. You can register with several languages by taking the language tests in succession. NB: On the ‘Account’ screen click ‘Sign up as an editor’.
How do I claim and deliver a job?
In the tab ‘Open jobs’ you can see all the jobs on Wordy right now. You can sort jobs by deadline, earnings, format and subject matter. Once you find the job for you, click ‘Claim job’ or ‘Job page’ to read more about the job.
When you're done editing the job write a response message to the client, click ‘Choose file’ and choose the edited document, then click ‘Save and return’.
All jobs should be delivered in their original format. If the client has uploaded the text either as a Microsoft Word, PDF, OpenOffice or plain text file, you have to return the same format to the client.
If the text is sent in HTML format, or if the client has pasted the text into Wordy, you will work inside Wordy's own on-screen editor to preserve the original formatting. When working in the on-screen editor your work will be saved automatically, and the client will be able to see the changes you've made.
How do I contact the client?
On the job's page simply write your query in the conversation history and click ‘Send message’. Your query is sent directly to the client by email, and the client is prompted for a quick response. If you get no response from the client, note your query in the text.
How do I edit and deliver HTML text?
HTML text is used to create and format a web document. It contains formatting tags used to denote semantics for the document, such as headings, paragraphs and lists. It also allows images and other objects to be embedded in the document. When editing a HTML-formatted text it is VERY IMPORTANT that you DO NOT remove tags or convert the document to another format (like .doc or .pdf). If you have any doubts on how to handle HTML-formatted text please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I edit and deliver PDF documents?
With Adobe Acrobat XI and the free Adobe Reader XI, it’s become much easier to edit PDF files. The Text Correction Markup tool lets you add punctuation, comments and other markup almost as quickly as in a Word document. Read more on our blog: Editing PDF files.
How do I edit and deliver on-screen text?
Handling Google Docs jobs
Clients can send Google Docs, Sheets and Presentations directly to Wordy from their Google Drive. As an editor, you claim and deliver Google Docs jobs in the same way you would all other jobs on Wordy. The only difference is that all proofreading and editing is done remotely in the client's Google Document.
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How do I set up my Google Docs account?
To be able to handle Google Docs jobs you need to set up a Wordyspecific Google account and link the account to Google. If you already have a Google account (e.g. Gmail), you can use the ‘Add account’ feature in Google to switch between multiple Google accounts.
How do I edit and deliver Google Docs?
Once you’ve connected your Wordy-specific Google account to Google Docs you’ll be able to see and claim any open Google Docs jobs. Edit the text in Google Docs as you would any other job. When you’re done, simply close the window or tab with the Google Document and return to Wordy and click ‘Save and return’ to change the status of the job on Wordy.
Other how to's
How do I use Wordy's Track Changes for on-screen editing jobs?
Wordy automatically tracks changes after you've edited on-screen. Copy the client's text in the 'Target text' box to your favourite word processor, edit it there and then copy and paste it back into the box. All you'll see is the final product, but click 'See revisions' and you'll be able to view the changes you've made. The client can also switch between seeing the text with the Track Changes and the final version.
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What do job deadlines mean?
All deadlines on Wordy are approximate delivery times based on the turnaround times for previous jobs. In other words, a deadline is an indication of when you should be able to send the job back to the client. If you pick up a job and can’t deliver it within the deadline, contact the client and simply say when you expect to finish. Remember, quality always comes before speed, so don't rush your editing unnecessarily just to meet the deadline.
Editing and rewriting
What does editing involve?
The editing process involves making corrections to grammar, punctuation, spelling, use of appropriate words, internal consistency and logical structure. This process is also known as substantive editing, developmental editing or comprehensive editing. Please see Wordy's house styles for more information.
What does rewriting involve?
Rewriting means substantially rewording content in order to improve consistency, flow and the natural use of language. When accepting a rewriting job, please make sure you understand exactly what the client is looking for – send a message if you're in doubt. Note, rewriting can be used as a tool to condense and reword content, but not to expand it significantly from (for example) 400 words to 1,200 words.
My email account is being spammed with notifications, what do I do?
In your account settings you can select which kinds of notification you would like to receive.
How can I view my account history?
On the earnings page you can access all payments of jobs and all payments of earnings from Wordy to you.
I have forgotten my password, what do I do?
If you are logged in, and can actually remember your password, simply enter your new password on your password page. Remember to click ‘Save changes’. If you cannot remember your password, make sure you're logged out, click on the link ‘Forgotten your password?’ on the log in page.
Earnings and payments
When do I get my earnings?
Your earnings on Wordy are automatically updated when the client closes the job or after four days when the job auto-closes.
Your earnings are transferred to your bank or PayPal account on the second Tuesday of each month. Due to the cost of money transfers the minimum amount payable to you is not less than €50. If this minimum amount is not reached in a particular period, Wordy is entitled to carry the amount due to you to the next period and so on, until the minimum amount is reached.
Why has my earnings balance not been updated?
When you deliver a job, the client has four days to review your work. During this period the client can demand a re-edit. If the client has not demanded a re-edit by the end of the four-day period, your account balance is updated with the amount.