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.
Editorially shutdown FAQs
What happens to my stuff?
You can export all of your data — every version of every document, plus comments, version notes, and all other metadata. Learn more about how to do that.
How long will Editorially be available?
You have until May 30 to export your data. After May 30, editorially.com will become unavailable.
Can people still sign up?
Yes — you can invite friends and colleagues to your documents, and anyone can sign up before May 30.
Will everything continue to work until the shutdown?
Hopefully, but we can’t guarantee that. The founders will stay on to help with any issues that arise with the export tool, but we may not be able to fix unrelated bugs.
What will happen to the team?
The crew behind Editorially is incredibly talented, generous, and hard-working. And they are now available for hire! If you have open positions, you should reach out.
Why not just charge for use?
We thought of that, and in fact, it was always our plan to do so. But Editorially is a sophisticated application that requires a team of engineers to maintain and develop. Even if all of our users paid up, it wouldn’t be enough.
Why not Kickstart it or open source it or or or...?
We’ve considered every possible avenue to keep things going, but none of them add up. We do not take this decision lightly, but we believe the best thing we can do for our users is to close down as gracefully as we can. We’re very, very sorry.