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Product update - February 2019 & The Authors' Cup

Product update - February 2019 & The Authors' Cup

February is finally over, and this 2019 has just started with amazing things. Today we are finally announcing Inkspired's signature writing competition: The Authors' Cup.


The Authors' Cup 2019

The Authors' Cup is Inkspired's annual creative writing competition made by authors for all authors. On Inkspired we want to motivate all writers and aspiring authors of different literary genres.


This first edition will last 3 months, and it is scheduled to start on May 2, 2019. The Authors' Cup will be open to all countries, languages, literary genres whether is a short story or novel published on Inkspired!


Want to read more? Check The Authors' Cup official page, and register today to benefit from a very special early-bird pricing. If you are a writer or an aspiring author, this is your chance to compete and win up to US $1,000 in prizes.


Within the competition, we also have a special challenge for "The Best Story" with additional awards. We will have a jury reviewing stories in 6 categories in English and Spanish - and who knows, maybe Portuguese as well ;)


Microfictions available to read on the web

Microfictions are getting popular in our new iOS app! And now, you can search, browse, and read them from the website too. We have an entire listing on a microfiction category here. Oh, and did I mentioned that you can also filter them by your preferred language?


By the way, our revamped Android app has had some delays shipping, but it's finally launching shortly and, yes, you can publish your microfictions from there too, in case you were wondering ;)


The Web Editor has been fixed

We were aware that for the past few weeks some of you had some troubles copy/pasting your texts into our web editor. We got reports from random "characters" appearing in the text from time to time, to some delays when saving your chapters. Well, all of those are things of the past now as we have massively improved the performance and fixed those "little tricky bugs" in our editor, to make your stay on Inkspired even more pleasant and trustworthy :)


New categories

Since we are working hard improving our technology and growing community every day, we are also expanding our story catalog to 2 new categories: Historical Fiction (actually, "the return of"), and Scripts/Screenplay. The former was very much missed when we took it out early last year, but we have listened to you, and it has now come back to stay! The latter, Scripts/Screenplay, also comes in with a new writing format that you can experiment with from now on in Inkspired. Be creative, and have fun reading and writing in a new genre and style :-)


You can now buy Rewards Credits

The Rewards Program has been a massive success since its introduction last year. Since then, we have had dozens of thousands of users adopting it, earning Rewards Credits, and exchanging them for perks and benefits on our Self-Publishing page. Since it has become like the internal currency of Inkspired "kind-of", now we are going to let you purchase packages of Rewards Credits which, by the way (spoiler alert), might be very handy when competing on The Authors' Cup in the near future.


Also, talking about the Self-Publishing services, we have updated our price list.


Platform's performance

Last but not least. Having a fancy platform is not enough in today's world, it also has to perform well and bring the best user experience to everyone. We have invested efforts in making things faster for you, and we are sure you can notice the difference now. When it comes to helping you achieve things, faster is always better ;)


On Inkspired we are constantly improving on all fronts, but we can't do by ourselves. Listening and trusting our community has always been our best way to do things, and here we still are with open ears eager to listen to any feedback or comments you may have.


Best wishes,

Galo A. Vargas

Inkspired' CEO

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Happy New year and product update - December 2018

Happy New year and product update - December 2018

Welcome to the New Year 2019!

And we wanted to start by saying Thank You. We are very happy to have you on board at Inkspired, and we want to thank you once again for all your support during the amazing ride back in good old 2018. It has been a fabulous year of growth, learnings, and excitement. It couldn't have been a better as our community continued to grow, and we focused all our energy on making the best products for reading and writing online fiction; our greatest reward was to witness how the community embraced all these changes with a lot of enthusiasm.  You can expect even more on 2019.

Furthermore, we couldn't have ended the year without making new announcements. 


The new Inkspired Mobile App for iOS is finally here!

This 2019 started with a brand new release. Our long-awaited new app for iOS (iPhone) has made it to the Apple App Store with a revamped new design and most of all the wonderful things that make the Inkspired platform so special. And as beautiful, easier-to-use, and sophisticated it could be, the biggest news is the release of a unique writing format, totally exclusive to the mobile apps, called Microfictions.


To fully read about all the new features of our app, check out the Inkspired Mobile page. By the way, the Android version of the app is going to be released on the Google Play Store in February 2019.


Announcing Microfictions on Inkspired Mobile

Microfictions are story types with only 500 characters. And today we are bringing you the ability to read and write this beautiful short and compelling stories, like a mini Twitter-for-fiction, exclusively from our Mobile app. 


Getting your way around this new writing format is easy. To read microfictions, just go to the central tab of the app, where you can find to sub tabs called "All" and "My feed". Under "All", you will find all the microfictions published in your preferred language, whilst under "My feed" you will find all the microfictions published by authors you are following.


To write a microfiction, just tap on the "Write" button on the right upper corner of that screen. Add a Microfiction title, choose a language, add up to 3 describing #hashtags,  write an amazing story under 500 characters, and hit "Publish". That's it. Easy, fast, and convenient. Exploit your creativity with very short narrative constraints wherever you go, at any time.


Note: Writing and publishing full-length stories, books, novels, and short tales is still available only in our Website and Inkspired Writer app (Mac/Windows), but will be available shortly in the Mobile apps during the second quarter of 2019.


2018 brief recap

Last year was full of wild rides, new experiments, releases, product upgrades, and also community growth. Inkspired is solidifying itself as one of the best writing and reading spaces in the world.

Just to name a few things, we have released new Mobile apps, new self-publishing services, academy videos and webinars, created monthly writing contests, introduced the Rewards Program, introduced Verification of Stories, created Community Guidelines, launched Writer Premium, re-designed 8 new book cover templates in 7 colors, integrated a new smarter Editor, incorporated French and German translations, and became one of the most important writing & reading communities in the world, specially strong in the Spanish and Portuguese languages. Plus, vast improvements in our product design in all fronts, and many other small details that are left unmentioned but you should have probably noticed ;) All of that with the help and constant feedback from you.


So, what else is coming on this 2019?

Well, if there has been ever a lot of expectations for Inkspired, this 2019 we are going to deliver what is the best to come yet. New services, new products, new competitions, even better mobile apps, new webinars, new content, new smart technologies, and many more surprises that will take our readers and writers to an unprecedented level. With new European offices (in Luxembourg and Spain) plus the ones already in South America (Ecuador and an upcoming office in Brazil) Inkspired is ready to keep innovating in the writing and publishing spaces and expand globally.


From the Inkspired Team, we wish you the best of starts of this new year.


Galo

Inkspired,"Stories that will inspire you"



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Product update - November 2018

Hi everybody! It's that time of the month when we do our routine catch up about all the new things that we have been adding to Inkspired during the month. Let's get started!


New front cover's templates, new colors, and new formats 

Undoubtedly, the biggest and most impactful change on Inkspired during November. We have finally improved the overall experience of uploading cover pictures, we have added new beautiful designs with amazing colored templates and filters, and that's not all. We have also incorporated 2 new formats plus the classic vertical book cover.  You can now upload a horizontal promo banner which will help your story get promoted in several other places around the platform. And that's not all, the new story background banner lets you personalize your story profile. The latter will also be incorporated in your User Profile soon!


PayPal payments

We have been listening to you. We know everyone has a favorite payment method, and we have just incorporated one of the most popular to make things easier for you when checking out. From today, it's possible to pay for your Self-Publishing services and your Writer Premium Subscriptions not only with a credit card, but also using your own PayPal account. If you have been waiting for it to upgrade, try it now :)


We care about the user experience of our community as much as making our platform more secure, every day. Adding another secure way to pay online is a step forward to that.


Set up a password for accounts linked to Twitter and Facebook

On the same line, we are aware that some of you signed up on Inkspired using your social networks, but at some point, you want to change that. Now it's possible to "unlink" any social account that was used while registering (be it Facebook or Twitter) and set up a new access password to your account.

If you want to do it, it's very simple. Just go to Settings > Edit Profile. If you have used Facebook or Twitter as a registration method, at the start of your profile you will see a link that will allow you to start the process to unlink and set up your password.


Better news updates on-site!

Many of you have noticed a green or red bar on top of the website from time to time. That's our new "news" flash. It's a very simple way to keep you all posted on emerging top releases on-site. By the way, if you want to dismiss it, you just need to click on the bar and it will be gone for good :)


Announcements on your User Profile

Every time you share an announcement or update now it will be posted on a highlighted location in your public user profile. And that's not all, now it's possible to make comments on each announcement :) Wanted to engage with your audience? This is an ideal form of keep all your stories' followers updated with your new releases, and start conversations about it.


Multilingual e-mails

We got started with the last phase of our platform translation with the aim to make you feel at home, covering  the only thing that was left to translate: our e-mail notifications. Soon you can expect clear e-mails in your preferred language (English, Spanish and Portuguese to get started), and also more useful notifications about your own writing progress, your stories' interactions, and reading recommendations.


Support form is back on the Dashboard

Not much to elaborate on this, but we have added the support form back to the left menu bar on your Dashboard. In case you need immediate assistance, you know where to go now :)


Oh, and one more thing! An update on our mobile apps

A very long expected update on our mobile apps is just around the corner. Yes, finally we are making a major release fixing all the multiple issues with the current version, and keep it more in line to our website's look & feel and capabilities. You will not have to wait long. The iOS new release will make it to the App Store around the Christmas holidays, and the Android new release will be available on the Google Play Store in January 2019.


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Product update - October 2018

Welcome to the new Monthly Product Update. Since Inkspired is evolving at a fast pace and we have been fixing and adding a few things to improve the overall user experience for all writers and readers in our platform, we believe having an end-of-the-month catch-up with you would be nice. So, let's get started. What's new on Inkspired?


New editor

We have updated our web editor. At a first glance it looks exactly the same, but technology-wise it's more powerful and finally fixes all of the weird issues with styling that our previous editor has. It's a massive upgrade that we have been working for a while. Adding images is more intuitive now, and we have also included the option of create lists. Additionally, the new editor it is now fully compatible with the @mentions, styles, and formats of our Inkspired Writer app.  And it works perfectly while syncing your content between the website and the apps.


News for Premium subscribers

We keep adding value to our Writer Premium subscription. Now, all Premium members can benefit from:


  • Ad-free reading experience.
  • Priority verification of stories.
  • Complimentary 80 Rewards Credits.
  • Options to export their stories and chapters in PDF, DOCx, HTML, ePUB, and TXT files.
  • Access to their weekly story performance metrics, with insights of the Trend, Growth and next week forecasts on how their story will perform.


Do not forget that some of these services are available to unlock independently right from our Self-publishing Services page.


Update on BETA readers

BETA readers are in full swing. We got a few technical problems at the beginning, but all of them have been solved and are thing of the past. Do not forget that if you use the Self-publishing services to UNLOCK the BETA readers, there are still some further instructions (detailed in the Order page) that you may need to follow before making the official BETA readers request on your chapter.


Mobile apps

We have received hundreds of messages about when we are going to update our current mobile apps. Let's be honest, the mobile apps are quite behind in what our website actually offers. Since we are committed to making our apps great (again), we can confirm a new version is on its way for iOS and Android. It might take until right before the end of the year though, but we promise we will put it in your hands soon and the wait will be worth it. Among the updated features includes Communities, Writing Contests, easier ways to browse stories, discover new stories, review your pocket library, and so much more. And we also have an additional surprise for the launch ;)


Hello promo Ads

As we explore new ways to keep Inkspired working smoothly, we have launched Ads across the website. It's also a very interesting way of reminding you of promotions, publishing opportunities, and new services we have launched.


Interested in displaying your brand or product to a community of thousands of writers and readers around the world? Fill the following form and get in touch with us.


New currencies

Slowly (but firmly) we are implementing new currencies across the platform, to make it easier for you to see the prices in your local currency. On the Self-publishing services page and at the Writer Premium page, you can check the price conversion in the most popular currencies around the world, at the current exchange rate.

Payments are still processed in USD. In the near future, we will let you set-up your own currency preferences.


Career openings

We are hiring! We have a few positions available in Madrid (Spain), Quito (Ecuador), and Brazil. Check our career opportunities.


What's next?

You can expect a lot of more surprises until the end of the year, and especially throughout November, including Paypal payments integrations, improvements when uploading your story cover pictures, and much more. Do not worry, in case you think you will miss something, we will let you know on our next monthly catch-up at the end of the month ;)


Happy writing and reading,

Galo



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