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Product update 2020

Product update 2020

Hi, everyone:

We continue to face a global situation that is both fast-moving and unpredictable. This is a challenge that humanity hasn't faced in generations, and we encourage you to stay safe and take care of your dear ones.


In the midst of quarantine times, Inkspired has continuously been working for you and to help you maximize your writing talent or reading appetite while you #StayHome. Today we are compiling a brief list (or maybe not that brief) of all the new releases we have been rolling in the past few weeks.


One last thing before starting, we would love to hear your feedback, so feel free to reply to this post and let us know with all honesty :-)


Improvements for reading

  • You have now the possibility the see which chapters you have already read in both, the mobile apps and the website. Furthermore, if you are following a story, when you visit the story profile you will get a notification to take you right where you left off last time.


  • Reading lists have arrived at Inkspired! Create them from your Library, either public or private. Add all your favorite stories, and get users to vote for them and get a higher ranking.


  • We have created a new section called #StayHome (Day and Night). This section is aimed to readers and we offer recommendations for new reads, give you tools to participate in reading and writing challenges, we provide free monthly downloads, and also the chance to subscribe to an amazing new newsletter (no registration on Inkspired required) that will bring you new free stories to read every Friday right on your mailbox.


  • Your new Inkspired Homepage now feels more like home, especially because you can personalize it according to what you will like to see and read. Add all your favorite categories for quick access, or enable and disable widgets at your convenience, everything right on the spot.


  • You can now upvote and downvote any comment! Plus, you can now manage your own comments across all pages.


  • New Social challenges appear! Set a yearly goal for new books to read or write, and keep track of your progress during the year. If you make it by December 31st, we will reward you! ;-)


Improvements for writing and publishing

  • We are announcing a great new Self-publishing service! From today, you can request a professional Copyediting for your story. It includes way more than just spelling and grammar checks. It is a professional work that will see all editorial aspects of your manuscript, and provide corrections. Your story does not need to be published on Inkspired to submit it. For now, this service is only available for stories in Spanish and Portuguese, but English and German will follow soon. We have some unique rates, try it today!


  • We have for you a second brand new Self-publishing service: Translate your stories to another language. We have grouped professional translators to help us work with translations from English to Spanish, from Spanish to English, from Portuguese to English, from English to Portuguese, from English to German, and Spanish to German. Your story does not need to be published on Inkspired to submit it. We have amazing rates, try it today!



New Premium benefits

  • Get rid of all Ads, and read ad-free.


  • Create unlimited Reading lists, and unlock the ability to make them private.


  • Enable weekly back-ups for all of your stories and chapters! If you happened to make any mistake by chance, you can restore a back-up up to 4 weeks back in time!



Get smart in writing and publishing online, Go Writer Premium today.


General improvements and new releases

  • We are introducing the Rewards Levels: now, getting a certain amount of Rewards Credits will get you upgraded to a new level. Each level will unlock accesses and benefits throughout the platform. We have even designed artistic new characters to represent each level. Yay! You can learn more about Rewards Levels here.


  • In relation to the announcement above, we have updated the Rewards Credits table with more actions and new values for each one of them.


  • European users can finally purchase services in Euros as a local transaction without any conversion fee in between! To choose your preferred currency, just go to Settings - Account.


  • In our Community Groups, now it is possible to search for specific discussions using keywords or filtering them by a category tag.


  • We are premiering 2 new mascots, who are joining Inko on representing Inkspired! Today, we are officially Introducing you to Inka and Katze!



We have launched a Design Lab as well where you can check out part of the creative process that created Inko and Inka, what are their missions, and what is their project for the upcoming months. See the Inko, Inka and Katze (the cat) page.


A massive THANK YOU to Jorge Murillo, our very talented Artist/Illustrator, who collaborated with us to create these wonderful characters. You should definitely follow him on Instagram at @jmcucalon.


Open calls

  • Do not forget about our latest writing contests, Quarantine Stories. You can submit stories in any form, any amount and we are receiving stories in English, Español, and Portugués. To participate, go here. The submission deadline is April 17th at 23h59.


  • We are opening the next call for Ambassadors. If you want to become an Inkspired ambassador and contribute to growing our community and get many perks in return, this is your chance to join an amazing global team. We are looking for Ambassadors for our Spanish and Portuguese programs, and also someone who wants to lead our English, French and German market. For the latter, you need to be a native speaker. The application's deadline is April 30th at 23h59.


  • German and French translations are up to 90% on our website, but we can still use a noble extra hand. The same goes for our Russian translation which is a bit behind, and some additional help on a new version of Italian we are working on. If you are keen on volunteering to help us with any of those, please apply as a translator here. We will be very happy to hear from you, and we will reward you very well :-)


Next steps

Inkspired is growing more than ever, and keep delivering on our promises. Our next challenges will be: to deliver new original content for Inkspired, create new ways to make money for all authors, improved metrics of your story's performance, new mobile app updates!, more exclusive benefits for Premium subscribers, more self-publishing services, and a brand new cutting-edge technology for all writers who want to experience new ways of digital storytelling. Isn't that enough? Well, there might be even more ;-)


Best wishes to all,

Stay safe, #StayHome.


Galo

Inkspired CEO


PS: We would love to hear your feedback, so feel free to reply to this post and let us know with all honesty :-)

13 Avril 2020 08:22:03 2 Rapport Incorporer 7
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Product update - September 2019

Product update - September 2019

Hello everybody!

As we enter the last quarter of the year, we have got a new exciting announcement to all our Inkspired writers and readers. As of today, we are premiering a new writing format that will change the way you write and read online fiction. We are introducing the "Interactive storytelling" format.


How does it work?

When creating a story, you will need to choose the new "Interactive story" type. If you are already familiar with writing and publishing on Inkspired, most of it will remain the same although with a few changes. Now, when you are writing a chapter, you will be able to let your readers choose where the story continues next. To do so, from the right panel on the editor, you will have the chance to connect other chapters (up to 3) with decisions that your readers will need to take when they finish the chapter.


Each decision is either connected with another chapter of your story (that has not been previously connected to another decision before) or the option to "mark as the end of the story". Apart of choosing the destination, you will need to enter a text called "decision's text" which will be shown to your readers so they can choose what's the path of the plotline they will follow.


As a writer, on your dashboard's story profile, you will not only see the list of your chapters with the information of what was the previous chapter for each chapter, plus the decisions entered on each one. We have added a fantastic feature that will show you, visually, all the developed plotlines of your story, with the information of: where the story ends, the name of the chapters involved with its decisions, and even the color of each chapter's status (if it's unpublished, on draft, or published). It's a beautiful well to keep your story's plotline visually organized and help you craft a magnificent story. If a chapter does not include any decision, then the story will automatically end on that chapter in that given plotline path.

As a reader, on the other hand, you will enjoy fully engaging stories where depending on what action/decision you make at the end of each, the story will unfold in a different way.


Availability

Interactive stories BETA launches today, and it's available to all users, across all languages and genres on the Inkspired's website. Support for reading on the Inkspired Mobile apps (iOS/Android) and writing in the Inkspired Writer Apps (Mac/Windows) will soon follow before the end of the year.


If you a writer, welcome to a new way of writing. Get creative, and create unique interactive stories for your readers to enjoy. Oh, and by the way, the Interactive Stories are also compatible with our new Payment services ;-)


See you around the community!


Best wishes to all,


Galo

Inkspired's CEO

2 Octobre 2019 14:24:01 6 Rapport Incorporer 17
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Product update - July 2019

Product update - July 2019

Hello everybody!

It's already the second half of the year, and we keep working hard to bring you the best experience and features for online reading, writing, and publishing. So we have got 2 big announcements today.

The Authors' Cup

The first one is the wrapping up of The Authors' Cup First Edition 2019. After 3 long months, 64 challenges, 1.000+ new stories, 500+ new micro stories, 149 participants from 35 different countries, 500k of interactions, and a lot of good memories, The Authors' Cup reaches an end; And 3 amazing writers will be crowned champions. The official announcement is due next Monday, 5th of August 2019! You can check the latest competition's ranking here.

We wanted to deeply thank everyone that participated with great passion, commitment, and talent. This is just the beginning, and the new The Authors' Cup Second Edition 2020 will be announced soon. For now, we all need to enjoy a well-deserved break ;)

A brand new Payment Service

Today we are proud to announce a big game changer on the Inkspired ecosystem. We introduce a revamped payment system to support the best and most committed authors on Inkspired. With this new system you will be able to accept payments from your readers and followers under 3 modalities:


  • A One-off mode, meaning a single payment to read all the story and its future chapters.
  • A Subscription mode, meaning readers will subscribe to your story and make recurrent payments each month to access all the chapters and the new ones being post. Perfect for book series!
  • And Donations, which is something we used to have in the past. The story remains free to read, but it accepts voluntary donations from readers as a way to crowdfund your work. A perfect balance between monetizing your loyal readership and growing your reader base.

In order to activate this service on your stories, you will need to comply with a few requirements, and then apply. As this service is still under "BETA" it may take a few days until we review your application and accept it. Successful applicants will get their payment options enabled right away to start receiving funds. Among the most important requirements are:


  • Your story must be Published and Verified.
  • Your story must contain at least 75 followers (50 for Premium members).
  • You must agree that the story will be exclusive only to Inkspired.
  • Your story must have more than one chapter (the first one will always be for free). This also means that "Short tale" stories are not eligible.
  • In order to receive your hard earned funds, you must assign an active PayPal account.

Enabling the service is free to all users whenever they comply with the requirements, and Inkspired will only charge a 25% administration fee (15% for Premium members) on every transaction. It's all also plain and simple, as the website will walk you through every single step and let you know what you need to progress.

To read more, please check our FAQs. To activate the service, you can do it via your Dashboard > My Stories > Story Profile of your story > Options. It's only possible to activate it via the web browser, not the mobile or desktop apps. But let us know what you think about this in the comments section! We are very happy to know your thoughts and answer your questions! 


New surprises and services will be added very soon.

See you around the community :-)


Best wishes to all,


Galo

Inkspired's CEO

2 Août 2019 18:05:41 1 Rapport Incorporer 5
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Product update - April 2019

Product update - April 2019

April went by really fast, and it left us a few wonderful stories to read in our platform, plus some exciting updates to announce. In summary we will talk about the imminent arrival of The Authors' Cup 2019 due to start tomorrow May 2nd, the introduction of our NEW homepage, and the (long-awaited) official release of our revamped Inkspired Mobile app for Android. Let's break it down:


The Authors' Cup is finally happening tomorrow

It's happening. After announcing it back in March, tomorrow, the 2nd of May, we are running for the first time what is Inkspired's signature writing/publishing competition. If you don't know what it is about, you can read all the details here. You can sign up on the competition until tomorrow for only US $3.99 and get the chance to compete for up to US $1,000 in prizes.


From the 3rd of May until the 19th of May, you will be able to register for a late-registration fee of US $6.99.


New smart homepage for you

We have designed a "New Home" for all of our users. Whenever you log in to your account, you will see a homepage different to the public homepage for visitors. On this newly designed page, you will find your "recently seen" content, recommendations of what to read, and the new releases on your favorite categories; everything tailored to you and your interests.


Also, now is possible to see all the progress you are making with your "in-progress" stories, announcements of the new writing contests, and if you are participating in The Authors' Cup, you will have quick access to the list of all your current active challenges.


More stuff will be added here from time to time to make your experience using the vast tools and services available of Inkspired as simple as possible.


Our Inkspired Mobile app finally made it to Android!

Yes! We know we got a bit delayed, but our Inkspired Mobile 3 is finally out there at the Google Play Store! iPhone users knows what it brings since January, but in case you haven't checked our detailed mobile's information page, here is a brief summary of what you can expect:


NEW Design

Easier to use, cleaner, and much more practical and user-friendly than ever.


Fantastic new reading experience

The best and simplest experience to read chapters of your favorite novels, book series, and visual stories. Send and reply comments easily on every chapter. Submit your review. Adjust the reading screen with your preferred reading format, font, background color, and much more.


New ways to search stories, browse by categories, filter by hashtags and languages

It has never been easier to find and discover the stories you may want to read on Inkspired. Filter and sort your search results at your convenience, and see relevant content especially tailored to you.


A new and exclusive mobile-only writing format!

Become a star publishing microfiction stories of 500 characters. Direct, simple, and fast to read and write. Discover all the microfictions being posted on Inkspired, or filter them by the author's you are following. This is an exclusive option only available on Inkspired Mobile (on iPhone and Android).


Interact on community groups and create discussions

Join the on-going discussions and conversations happening in the groups of your interest. Participate in the community, start discussions, send and reply comments on the conversations that matter to you.


Organized notifications

Get all your notifications conveniently organized by 'My Account', 'My Stories', and 'Communities'. Easy and quick access to what you want to see from the push notifications on your phone's home screen.


More control in your hands

Post announcements directly from your User Profile. Also, the much improved 'Settings' sections will let you edit your profile conveniently from the app, manage your push notifications preferences, the content language you want to see, and stay up to date with the balance of your Rewards Credits.


New ways to stay updated with the latest news on the platform

Now the app will let you know what's happening currently on Inkspired! The main screen will show a News Bar with the latest news, and it also has a section to browse across all active Writing Contests.


Improved Pocket library and Offline reading

Follow your favorite stories and authors, and see their latest updates conveniently organized on your own library. Your library also lets you access all saved chapters and read them offline wherever you are.


Plus

  • Full availability in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
  • Large quantities of bug fixes in all fronts :-D


That's all for now as we are ready to kickstart May firmly.

See you around the community :-)


Best wishes to all,


Galo

Inkspired' CEO

1 Mai 2019 23:59:12 6 Rapport Incorporer 10
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