What is it and how does it work?

I recently had the opportunity to try out Authory. It’s, in short, a one-stop portfolio solution for writers and journalists alike. I wasn’t too sure about it at first but I really like it!

Using Authory is straightforward. You plug in the global URL of which publications you have bylines (in my case, Considerable and Medium primarily) and it will retrieve articles under your name. Most import right away but at the most will take one day to populate in your portfolio.

Its most beneficial use is providing a clean and fresh writing portfolio that requires little maintenance on your part. If anything happens to your original work, such as a publication shutting down, you will have a backup of the published edit. 

A screenshot of an example Authory portfolio page set to "thumbnail view" which includes some interface and two recent articles with titles, publisher, and header images.
My most recent articles on the thumbnail view of my main feed. No fuss!

What I love about it

Stats! Far and away, one of my favorite things about Authory is the way they organize stats. While currently, all that is available are social media shares and word counts, both of these are really helpful; especially the word counts.

I am terrible at tracking my wordcounts. I get to a target range during the first draft and then only check it once or twice during edits. Since the platform I use most commonly is Medium, which counts its words in reading time, it’s easy to lose track of wordcounts. Authory puts that all right there!

I was really surprised to see the table view included Pinterest shares. This is a platform I have neglected for marketing and outreach and seeing that I had any Pinterest interaction has uncovered a possible avenue to grow my audience.

Some other things I love about it is its simplicity. It’s clean and manages to provide an attractive look that’s professional without being overly minimalist—and authors can customize their profiles, too.

My final favorite aspect of the Authory platform is the ability to build collections to highlight specific work. While you can already filter work by publication, perhaps there is a genre, timeline, or simply best-of-the-best you want to highlight for your readers or potential clients. 

What I’m not so sure about but might work for you

Authory offers a newsletter function. This makes its price point worth it alone but currently for my audience size, it’s not something I am too interested in exploring. Part of what both attracts and deters me is that it’s a fairly automated function. You choose the frequency of your digest (daily or weekly), tweak some other things, and it will send out on its own. With one or two more features, such as less-frequent mailings or tailoring to certain collections or audience types, this could be extra useful.

This is not a drawback at all of the platform, just not something I would personally use it for.

This is eerily similar to my current newsletter format. However if you’re a writer that doesn’t already have a mailing list, Authory is a great place to start while you customize your porfolio.

What I don’t love about it and would like to see updated or changed

  • Date format. I’m American. I use Month/Date format and it does not seem to something I can change. I personally don’t like the look of all-numerical dates and prefer Month-Date (e.g. October 17) to reduce confusion.
  • Sparse UI. There’s a size guide for a profile photo but not the header. The theme color setting requires clicking back and forth and isn’t entirely clear about how it will look. Little things like that could be cleaned up and a bit more consistent though the instructions as-is are easy to follow.
  • Exporting just stat data or totaling all stats. As I mentioned, I love the social media and wordcount data. However, it’s not very clear if exporting my whole article catalog would include the summary of those states. Seeing my total or average wordcount and social media performance on is something I would personally like to see without having to manually tabulate it.

Bottom line

Whether someone has a hundred bylines or is just getting started in their career, I feel Authory is a worthwhile service to invest in—especially if you have not already built a mailing list, the digest function will be a great asset to you. As a writer who is still founding their career, I can already see the many uses I will have for this service!

If you’d like to try Authory for yourself, click here.

I’m a writer, author, and essayist based in Los Angeles. I’d be delighted to connect with you through my mailing list, Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.


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