Inkspired: a free serial publishing portal


  1. Kess (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Sten/Billy - making myself write every day was one of the reasons I chose to do daily posts for the Apocalypse Blog (deadlines work for me). It was always nice to be able to write enough for a day off, though. ;)

    Billy - I completely forgot to mention that you can do 'visual' stories! They have a few comics up there already, yes. And a photo-based story, I believe.

    E_Foster - yay! I... should go write more of that. Yes. Very soon!

  2. Sten Düring (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    I would say that all three methods for registering an id on Inkspired resulting in an error makes the site less than useful.

    Windows 8.1, Google Chrome. Facebook, no response (you just return to the login page); Twitter, twitter challenge handshake error; site-internal registration, webserver error 500.

  3. Kess (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Damn. I've noticed some differences when using Chrome, but I didn't try to sign up that way. (I don't like connecting my accounts, so I always sign up fresh, too.) I'll let them know, thanks Sten!

  4. Sten Düring (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago


    Observe that the vanilla registration bombs for me as well. That was the one I referred to with 'site-internal'.

  5. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    I used internal as well, i'm dual posting on it and jukepop (and wattpad too, I thought they were just a file aggregater for text files, i must have had them confused with some other site I used to use) weekly my old phoenix 2125 serial, editing as I go. I have found a LOT more interaction and readers right off the bat from Ink than JP. my main issues are that each post has its own reviews, which is odd, to make a star rating you HAVE to make a review, but you can leave a no cahracter review. so its really just a blank star rating, which is odd.

  6. Tartra (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    @Alexander.Hollins - Oh, you've actually had some interaction with readers already?

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  7. Kess (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Sten (and anyone else trying to sign up) - I just got a message from the Inkspired developers saying that they've fixed the issue with signing up. You should be good to go now!

  8. Sten Düring (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    @ Kess

    I can verify that the facebook registration works now (given the setup I use).

  9. Sten Düring (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago


    An update on usability, and I'm aware that you're most likely just helping the people on the site out rather than being part of the crew.

    While the 20K char limit per 'chapter' is a hassle, that's ok. However, the publishing interface kills all formatting. I don't know how many of us are using a word processor of some kind to write the story, but at least I do. Italics for internal monologue and highlightning is kind of common, and having to recheck that part (and implementing it manually on the site) was definitely not what I had expected.

    Sorry to sound like a whiner, but, well... I'll get over it, I guess.

  10. Billy Higgins Peery (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Alex, the formatting for your Inkspired book is beautiful, but the Jukepop book looks off. Like, there aren't any spaces in-between paragraphs? That might account for some of the lack of popularity on JP. Also, I think book covers are required to be truly successful on the site. idk for sure, I haven't ever submitted to the site, but I have been looking at it with an interested eye. (My right eye. My left eye is like, "Meh, whatever.")

    Requiring sign-ins to read a serial never works. I'm not even going to qualify the statement. Sign-ins put up an extra barrier that readers aren't interested in crossing. Maybe if someone reads five chapters in a setting, a pop-up window asking if they were interested in signing up could work, but even then, you're ruining the flow of a story. Imagine someone getting interrupted in the middle of the book. Some people might go back to it, but wouldn't other people -- having lost that immersion -- go and do something else?

    Offering sign-ups is fine. In fact, it's pretty smart. But requiring them is just unnecessary.

    So yeah. This isn't really a problem with Inkspired, since they're only offering sign-ups as opposed to requiring them. And the more I'm looking at the site the more impressed I am by whoever the hell designed this thing. Seriously, the option to make pages white, black, or tan-ish? That's friggin' nice. ("tan-ish" is a bad word for what I'm trying to say. What's the word for the typical color that a book page tends to have? You know, like the color of a scroll?)

    "Any number of hitlers, are still not my problem." -Tempest
  11. Kess (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Sten - glad to hear you got in okay!

    No problem with the usability feedback. I'm just passing it on through, and the Inkspired guys are really receptive to this type of stuff.

    I'm pretty sure the 20k limit per 'chapter' is not set in stone. They mentioned to me something about upgrading my account to be able to post more per chapter. I think there's a 50-chapter limit, too, and this can also be relaxed/expanded. I haven't hit either limit yet, so I haven't pursued it, but I'll look into it and let you know what I find out.

    I'm with you on the formatting front. It would be nice if they at least kept basic RTF formatting. I'll send that through to them. :)

    Billy - I love that feature, too. I've asked them to add a 'remember' feature so that you don't have to set the colour of the background every time you open a new page/chapter.

    Beige. Off-white. Creamy off-white. Magnolia? ...dammit, what is that colour called?

  12. Kess (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Sten - ahahaha, just heard back from the developers. The formatting issue was on the list, and has been moved up in priority following your feedback. Them: 'I thought I was the only one'. So every bit of feedback helps!

  13. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Yes, I.... have had feedback? a couple of basic reviews, and a bunch of people following the story, but... I get the feeling several of them are authors that follow every story in order to try and get views themselves, and some of them may not have the format down, mentally. A couple of my followers for example are following a whole bunch of the public domain short stories that the main Inkspired account posted to have some beginning content (which was an interesting idea!)

    Sienna is the color, I think. Or Sepia? YEAH! Sepia is what the filters for applying that tone to make photos look old is called.

  14. Sten Düring (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    @ Kess

    I'll find out if the fifty chapter limit becomes an issue. As it looks right now I should be able to shoehorn in my book. Light Novels run about 60 K words, so possibly. A full length novel (120+ K words) is a dealbreaker though.

  15. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    At that point you just have to make a Part 2. Or, i guess, buy the premium membership, but Im really iffy on that. monetize the readers, not the writers.

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