Development

Literarium August 2017 Update

So! Now that we're starting to ease towards the end of our beta period, we're also going to be a little bit more formal and fancy about our releases. No more sneaky updates with some vague reference on Twitter. no no, here at Literarium we're all about loudly proclaiming things we've improved. Thing is, when you know what's changed, you'll hopefully let us know if something has broken. Not that that would ever happen, but, you know...we like to make sure.

So welcome to the end of August 2017, and our August update.

Changes in this version

  • I guess New Zealand can have their currency back. For some reason I had marked it as inactive. Sorry brew!
  • The submit button has been split on the Work and Market pages. This allows you to submit a piece of work (or search your work for a given market) WITH or WITHOUT using a prefiltered filter. Sometimes you already know what market you want to submit to, or which piece of work you want to submit, and the prefilter doesn't bring it back for a variety of reasons (the market isn't open yet, you've received special dispensation to send a longer piece, and so on). In the past, you'd have to clear the filter, and fiddle around. With this change, we let you get to your piece/market just that little bit faster if you so desire.
    NOTE: We might change this again in future until we find the right balance - it's a work in progress!
  • We added LiveChat (in the bottom right corner!) so you can chat with us. If you don't chat with us we will be sad and remove it.
  • Various minor changes/fixes
  • Update: I mentioned leaving out the Calendar Subscribe feature because some weird bug was plaguing me. However, since then I spent a day poking at it and it's fixed, so I thought I'd sneakily release it instead of waiting 30 days. You can go to your User Settings and find this button in your Author Profile section.
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Known outstanding bugs

  • The 'exclude fees' filter excludes fee pay rates, but not markets that have them. Kind of defeats the purpose! We'll be fixing this soon.

Let us know in the comments or via LiveChat if you have any feedback, and tell your writing friends to sign up!

News: Landing Page Updated

SampleSiteSo as we lead up to our wider closed beta, we've just updated the Literarium landing page with screenshots and exciting things about the system. We have a handful of alpha users poking around in it, and I'm personally using it for all my submission management and tracking. It's a little embarassing to be shamed into sending out stories for submission, but it's hard to ignore a big green label 'Available to Submit'. It's like the web server is tapping me on the shoulder whispering, 'Hey dude, this story is completed and just sitting here at home, you really should submit it, why not just click that big submit button, I'll find you some juicy markets'. It's an odd relationship but it's working out for me.

Click through to have a look at www.literarium.net and sign up to the Newsletter bit at the bottom to get on our early invites list.

National SF Convention this Week

Folks, I'll be at Conflux 9 in Canberra this week, so won't be updating much. A busy schedule ahead with a book launch tomorrow (ref: www.pandorasparadoxes.com) and then hanging out with as many local writers as I can. I'm currently sitting at Canberra University plugging away at some Literarium code while my partner-in-crime Lucas is setting up servers, so I'm still hoping that in the next few days I'll be able (finally!) to show off some of the work we've been doing. Also, there is some fine beer on tap here, and it's not going to drink itself.

Keep writing!

So what is this Literarium product anyways, and where are we at?

Wow, time flies!  It's been about a year and a half since Tom and I first started development on Literarium, and a lot has happened since then.  During this time we have researched the latest web development technologies, experimented with a number of system designs, and have met a bunch of interesting people in the literary community who have provided us with some fantastic feedback that will drive the direction of the product.

So what is this Literarium product anyways?

For those who may be unfamiliar with what Literarium is, it's an online system that aims to make the business of writing easier.  Our goal is to provide people in the literary industry with a set of tools to help with the day to day process of running a literary business, as well as providing a means to connect people via a free and extensive markets and services directory.

The first release of Literarium will be focused mainly on the writer with an initial toolset that will aid with the management of projects, and the tracking of finances, tasks, and submissions.  We also intend to have a markets and services directory up and running from day one with a generous number of contacts to get you started.

Sweet! So where are you at?

Well, up until now it's been difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  We have some pretty ambitious plans for Literarium in the future, so we've spent a lot of time on skilling up and making sure our design is right.  Now that we're confident that we're on the right track we are starting to work on the user interface of the system, so within the coming months we'll be posting screen shots of our efforts.

We'll continue to provide you with interesting blog posts and updates on Literarium's development.  Please don't hestitate to contact us with any suggestions and feedback that you may have.

Whoops, I broked it (issues with the 'Add to Mailing List' option)

This is just a quick heads up to anyone who may have tried to add their email address to the 'Notify Me' box on our website www.literarium.net recently. Due to a natural disaster (ie. me) the connection to the database storing emails was broken, meaning anyone trying to add their email would have received a convoluted message instead of a successful one.

I apologise for my foolishness and would like to announce that anyone interested in putting their email address down can do so once more.