Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Penmob’s Scoring System

Last week, Medium debuted a new way for readers to support the writers on their platform. Dues paying readers can give “claps” to writers who are creating content they love. The more claps a writer gets, the larger chunk of the readers monthly payment they receive.

Here at Penmob, we love that idea. Why? Because it’s basically the same scoring system we use on our site. If you haven’t had a piece workshopped yet, this post can show you how it works. There are three levels you can use to rank an editor’s notes:

  • Quick Fixes
  • Light Edits
  • Deep Edits

Penmob’s focus is deep edits, they’re more valuable to you as a writer. So, editors are also rewarded more generously for Deep Edits. Light Edits are allocated less of your budget than deep edits, but more of your budget than Quick Fixes.


Quick Fixes

A Quick Fix is any minor change an editor suggests you make or a comment they dashed off quickly. In the example below, the editor requested a clarification, but didn’t actually make an edit, so the writer ranked this a Quick Fix:

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Again, we see here an editor commenting that they don’t think the writer used the right word, but no suggestions for other verbs were made. Another editor comes through with a better word, but still this was an easy correction to make. So, both of these comments from editors were ranked as a Quick Fix:

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Light Edits

A light edit is a bit more nuanced than a quick fix. A light edit will give you the sense that:

  • The editor has put some thought into their comment
  • The editor is making suggestions based on what you’re trying to accomplish with your piece
  • The editor is giving you insight into their edit that will help you sharpen your craft as a writer

In the comment below, the editor is encouraging, but gives the writer something else to consider:

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In this example, the editor lays out why the sentence doesn’t work and gives the writer several options for fixing it. The writer appreciates the bonus suggestion of adding “Alone,” so they ranked this a Light Edit:

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This was a minor edit, but the editor has clearly thought deeply about this sentence and offers up their additional insight to the writer. The writer hadn’t noticed that this sentence is functioning on more than one level and uses this note to help shape the rest of their revisions:

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Deep Edit

When you receive a Deep Edit from an editor, it’s more than just a quick suggestion or the fix of a minor mistake. They’re serving as your guide and partner on the journey of making your piece the best it can be.

If the editor below had simply stopped at “You used the word ‘corner’ already in the story.” This would have likely been ranked a Quick Fix by the writer. If the editor had gone on to give suggestions for other words, the writer would have likely ranked it a Light Edit. Because this editor not only points out the redundancy but also deeper suggestions for bringing this setting to life, the writer has ranked it a Deep Edit:

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Here the editor corrects the clunky sentence and also implores the writer to consider further whether their perception of their presence in this moment is accurate. The editor is effectively playing the role of an editor and a reader. No surprise, that this received a Deep Edit ranking:

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Nicole has given the writer a length note here that’s applicable to this piece, but is also a bit of advice the writer can keep in mind when writing future pieces. The second editor brings even more depth to this Deep Edit with their additional note and equally helpful advice:

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This last screenshot shows how a Deep Edit can further be supported by a comment thread that allows for additional interaction and to clarify the point the editor is making.

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Still have questions? Feel free to email us, we got you.

As writers ourselves, we know how easy it can be to get stuck while revising a draft. Teaming up with professional editors could be the breakthrough you need to take your piece from draft to published. Give Penmob a try now.

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