About Penmob

What's this all about?

Penmob started from a desire for a more open and collaborative writing experience. There are plenty of platforms to publish finished work, but getting to that point always felt like a black-box process. Either you're an established writer with publishers knocking down your door, or you're everybody else.

So I wanted to open it up — make the feedback process less like a job hunt for the right freelance editor, and more like a writing workshop.

This introduced an interesting benefit for editors, too. If you're an editor, you can piggyback off of an ongoing discussion with a lower barrier of entry. Since one editor isn't responsible for the entire start-to-finish process, you are free to focus on your strengths.

Who is behind Penmob?

I'm Alex, a freelance software engineer and wannabe writer. I studied computer science, mathematics, and writing in college, and then I stepped out into the real world.

Two people in particular are helping Penmob to get off the ground: Adam Jaschen, from the University of Iowa, and Minda Honey, a freelance editor & writer. You can catch Minda on the blog.

We are also collaborating with a close group of authors and professional editors to make sure Penmob works as well as it can, for everyone who uses it.

Are you a writer or freelance editor? Want to get on the list of beta users and be the first to know when Penmob launches? Of course you do.