New Posting Schedule--And Other Wordplayer News

New Posting Schedule–and Other Wordplayer News

Today’s post is a quick heads-up on a couple of important news items and site updates.

New Posting Schedule

The most important announcement is that I’m going be implementing a few minor changes to the weekly posting schedule. Starting next week, it will look like this:

Monday: Main text posts (those previously published on Sunday)

Wednesday: Guest posts/announcements/etc. (though they will be less frequent, since I’m taking a break from regular guest posts)

Friday: Video posts (those previously published on Wednesday)

I promise I’m not doing this just to confuse you! The main thing to be aware is that the Sunday post is moving to Monday.

No More Spazzy Mobile Menu!

I’ve been getting lots of emails and tweets from those of you who were having trouble with the admittedly spastic mobile menu that kept popping out (and popping out and popping out) on the left side of your phone or tablet screen whenever you tried to scroll down through the site. I’m pleased to announce that should now be fixed.

The menu is still there, but it’s now anchored to the top of the page and shouldn’t inhibit your ability to scroll down. If you need the menu, just revisit the top of the page and swipe it out.

Double the E-Letter!

Speaking of scrolling, while previewing last month’s e-letter, I realized it was very loooooong. Instead of cutting any of its goodies, I’ve decided to split the e-letter into two installments. So you’ll now be receiving the same amount of info, but twice a month–on the 1st and the 15th.

And if you’re not a subscriber, you can join the fun here!

Still Working Through Problems With Blog Post Subscriptions

And speaking of subscriptions, if you’ve subscribed to receive automatic updates whenever there’s a new post or Story Structure Database entry, you may have noticed you haven’t received anything for a while. I noticed too!

There’s been some sort of handshake problem between the site and my email provider. We’re in the process of working through it and should have it fixed soon. Thanks for your patience in the meanwhile!

Shall We Make the Writing Buddy Link-Up a Regular Feature?

I was thrilled with the huge turnout and all the enthusiasm for the writing buddy link-up I featured a few weeks ago. It was such a massive success in helping all of you hook up with beta readers and critique partners, that I’m planning to make it a quarterly feature.

We’re still getting entries to the original post (which you can participate in here), and we’ll gear up for another for another go at it come the first of the year (so we get in sync with the actual quarters).

New Blogging Adventure–and Giveaway!

Finally, I’m excited to announce I’m going to be doing a little extra blogging. My original mandate for Helping Writers Become Authors was, of course, to build a platform for marketing my fiction. As far as building a platform goes, the whole thing exceeded beyond my expectations—but more to the point, it became a machine all its own with a platform all its own.

That’s all to the good. But it also means that the actual platform for sharing my novels got kind of shuffled under the carpet. Helping Writers Become Authors is now so laser-focused on the writing craft (which I love) that there’s really no place for the more personal, more novel-related stuff that’s interesting to just plain readers.

So I’m diving back into the blogging world and reviving the personal blog over on my other site KMWeiland.com. I’m planning to post bi-weekly on various and random subjects covering everything from my behind-the-scenes writing adventures to the stuff I’m interested in at any given time.

If you’re intrigued by, not just the nitty-gritty, hands-on stuff of writing how-to that you get here on the Helping Writers site, but also in my personal adventures as a writer (and a semi-sane animal owner), I hope you’ll join me on Tuesdays and Thursdays over at KMWeiland.com.

And be sure to stop by and enter the giveaway I’m running this week for a fantabulous Reader Care Package!

Win a Reader Care Package

 

Wordplayers, tell me your opinion! Any thoughts on these new developments here at Helping Writers Become Authors? Tell me in the comments!


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K.M. Weiland is the award-winning and internationally-published author of the acclaimed writing guides Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs. A native of western Nebraska, she writes historical and fantasy novels and mentors authors on her award-winning website Helping Writers Become Authors.

Comments

  1. As regards the Writing Buddy Link-Up: It’s a great idea and I’ve made contact with a very interesting partner. But, it’s so chaotic! If you repeat, could you PLEASE make it clear that people should ONLY use the email address of the potential partner and not use that post for interacting à la “Your story sounds fantastic and I think we could make a good partnership…” And PLEASE insist that the summary and What you’re looking for are SHORT. Threaten to delete comments that don’t comply (and then delete them!) Thanks.

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      Good ideas! I’ll keep them in mind the next time around. Glad you were able to connect with someone!

  2. Hello K.M,
    A nice looking blog you’ve got here. This is my first first and I love what you’re doing here.

    The changes you’re implementing on your blog is also awesome. Its all about making sure its a routing you can keep up with.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      Thanks for stopping by! I’ll look forward to talking writing with you in the future!

  3. Lorna G. Poston says

    My goodness, sounds like you’ll be busy! Well… busiER. 🙂

  4. This post answers one question. Where have the blog updates been? I thought I might have accidentally unsubscribed (I’ve been cleaning out my inbox!).

    Do I need to resubscribe, or will the problem correct itself?

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      No, your subscription is still in tact. I’ve got support from three different companies trying to get this thing figured out (it’s some kind of weird problem with the email service suddenly not being able to recognize the site’s RSS feed). When they get it solved, the email updates will resume automatically. In the meantime, you’ll want to stop by the blog to see what you’re missing. And I totally apologize for the inconvenience!

  5. Forewarned is forearmed! Thanks for letting us know the changes, the changes actually makes more sense for me.

  6. How cool that you’re fixing up your website just now! I’m in the progress of booting up my own blog and moving it from the Blogger platform I’ve been using to finding my own hosting and figuring out my own design. Probably won’t be as technical as your’s, but then, I haven’t got anywhere near the audience yet. ;D

    But as far as I’m concerned, the website/blog/whatever is just as big a part of the author business as the book-writing part. Figuring out how to use a website to communicate yourself and your passions and your writing isn’t that easy – I think you’ve been doing well with HWBA, though, so keep up the good work! 😀

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      Thank you! And I agree, managing a web presence is hugely important these days. If you haven’t yet decided where to go with your site, then I highly recommend WordPress. That’s what this site runs on. I’ve never been sorry for a second that I switched over from Blogger.

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