There's a problem with the contests, manuscripts that have already finished are often put back in on the contest list. This problem needs to be addressed because it makes it look like people are cheating.
I have not been here in a long time and it seems that nothing has changed.
Inkitt, you continue to add features that no one has asked for and never address any of the real issues that your community puts forward. The same complaints are made over and over again. Going through the forums is awful - all of the same questions get the same copy/paste style answers every few days/weeks, and the contests are the same and just as easily manipulated.
I really believed in this site at the ... See More start and drifted away in the hope that it would mature in my absence. It has not.
May I suggest trying a new approach to contests and publishing? You have plenty of good stories on here but you are not using them. The books you have published are mediocre, and many still require a number of editing rounds before print. It is no wonder that the big houses have not really had any interest in this site since Erin Swan.
It would be wonderful to see Inkitt succeed, but you guys are going the wrong way. The same complaints, the same contests, the same thing over and over again without breaking any cycle. Where did the author interviews go? What about discussions about literature and writing style? Blog posts written by guests, and advice articles on how to make the most of your writing? I loved that. That was helpful. Could we start down that path again? If we do not, I am afraid that I will definitely be joining the mass migration back to WattPad and other writing pages.
I think it would be a great idea to have a list of new releases. Your homepage currently promotes trending novels alone and it has been the same for a while. This would be a platform for new novels to appear in the newsfeed of users. Perhaps too have recommendations based on the tags of the books which readers read. I think wattpad does this.
I think the "new releases" list would be a good idea because currently writers are heavily dependent on brining in readers to the site (and you ... See More encourage this) but there are only so much people writers can bring in from their social media. Some writers also wish to write anonymously as a hobby independent from their friends' circle and social media.
I want to edit my Reading Lists - e.g. switch them from private to public (or vice versa) or rename them. Is this currently possible, and if it is, where would I find that option? I can't seem to find it on the Reading Lists page or on my settings page.
Just wanted to share an idea to improve the enjoyment of using Inkitt. I think that badges are a great idea, however I would love to see more of them for smaller milestones.
For example, I was using a writing program that gave you an achievement for reaching specific word counts and it actually really helped me write more; I wanted to earn that and show it off to friends. I think NaNoWriMo has something like that too.
I think adding small badges like 1,000 words, 10,000 ... See More words, or complete a novel or post 5 stories, or review 10 stories or share 10 stories etc etc etc would really enhance the experience and some of them could even drive users to take part in the reading and writing process of the site. In addition to this, maybe add a little "showcase" on user profiles in one of the corners for the badges so people can show off their hard-earned achievements whether they are a reader or a writer--provide badge types for both parties, and have a showcase on the main profile instead of having them somewhat hidden in a tab.
This way, even if your story didn't earn a place in a contest, you still feel good upon completion of other tasks.
I am not sure what the capabilities of the site are, but just something that occured to me. Unfortunately I'm also not sure how this could be tracked effectively, I just know that I have seen other sites that have implemented this kind of thing somehow. Thanks.
I've noticed animated covers are starting to become a thing:
It could be something that Inkitt may want to allow in the future, animated covers. Of course, this would mean changing the format of how covers are presented, because currently they are in banner form.
Speaking of which, if you go to my profile and take a look at my cover, you'll notice I couldn't squeeze in the main characters onto the banner properly. I ... See More had to keep resizing the artwork I had available, and that was the best I could do. Perhaps after uploading an image, we could manually crop / resize the banner using tools on the site?
So yesterday and today I've noticed that the website won't let me go the the page where I can manage my stories. It keeps redirecting me back to the homepage. I did notice that there was a previous group chat a year ago about a similar dilemma, and I am wondering if it is just the staff working on the website.
Does anyone have any insight on this problem? thank you
Hello, I am in love with Inkitt and I just want to point out a couple simple things that I've noticed this website can improve on.
There should be an option to format paragraphs in a more traditional novel-format. As of now, each paragraph is seperated by a double line-break instead of a traditional single. I understand that this is to make it easier to read accross a variety of devices, but there are plenty of other of websites that don't do this and even as ... See More a reader I still feel it takes away from the flow of the page. While the horizontal rule is elegant and effective, that usually signifies a change in scene and as of now it is very difficult to indicate a small passage of time or flashback as the traditional double-spaced line-break provides. Since every single paragraph is spaced this way, no matter what, it is almost impossible to use the white space in that way.
It would also be beneficial to allow centered text, as seen in novels like 1984 by George Orwell. While itallics and bold are great, conservative use of centered text is a powerfuk tool to writers and should not be excluded.
2) Building Audience:
While I truly respect Inkitt's way of featuring people's work based on popularity, I recognize a large flaw; it is exploitable. People who have many followers or friends can share their work and instantly garner tons of views. This is not fair to writers who are just working their way from nothing. If Inkitt is truly interested in indie work, I would recommend finding a way to make things a bit more equal. I have seen many writers who are really great have their work end up just sitting on the site not getting any attention. Sometimes I see bad writing with punctuation flaws end up on top lists, and I have been told this is because they had enough votes to be there. Why? And if it makes a top list, should there not be some kind of screen for errors? It would be much better I think if there was an extra section for new work that hasn't seen a lot of exposure so that it can actually gain some momentum instead of doing nothing, like having featured staff picks or featured new author picks for quality work, because as of now it is entirely up to the writer to market the work and if they don't have enough followers it simply won't get noticed, no matter how good it is. I love how Inkitt makes it very easy to share to social media, but again if the audience isn't even there then what's the point?
Thanks for reading and I hope this could add some insight. Other than these I think Inkitt is really heading in a great direction for everything else that they do, and even though it may seem like I'm being harsh, I have left out many many other things I haven't commented because are things that I think work. Not trying to say the website is bad, these are jsut a couple things.
I am still having huge issues trying to access any of the To-Do options, though the pop-up won't leave me alone regardless (and am I the only one annoyed by its tendency to ambush you just as you are about to click on a profile option?). If I try selecting any To-Do option, all I get is a screen with a loading cursor that never goes away.
I only have a bit of fanfic here right now so no big deal, but would be reluctant to prioritise directing readers here while malfunctions still seem ... See More pretty severe.
Is there a cap to how many stories you can post? I've been trying since yesterday to post a new short story on here but it won't let me. I have tried it on Chrome, Internet Explorer, Edge, and Firefox. No go.
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