Etherpad, a business app suitable to writers

I came across an interesting online application the other day while looking for possible ways to post writing for people to respond to in real-time online. It’s called Etherpad. Basically you create ‘room’ for up to eight people where the posted text can be edited in real-time by whoever is logged into the ‘pad.’ Each person gets a different font color. People can import files from the computer and then export them back out when done. There are lots of possibilities here, such as live crit groups, cooperative writing efforts, and perhaps writing groups inviting in publishing pros such as agents/editors to offer up insight/critique for things like queries, first pages, etc. Certainly worth checking out and playing with.

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