Updated: Jan 24, 2021
In my last blog, I talked about personal goals for the new year. In today's blog, I will write about features I think Webnovel should include to improve their user-friendliness and gain a better edge over their competitors.
You might be interested to read My 2021 new Year Resolution & Writing Goals
Just before you wonder why I'm petitioning this on my blog, please know that I've been an author with Webnovel since August 2018. It has come a long way since and is generally a lot better but as always, I believe there will be room to be even better. These are my humble opinions and you are free to disagree.
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Without further ado, let's check out some of the things I feel Webnovel is lacking from a writer's point of view!
#1: More Flexible Book Cover Creator
You might think this is a joke but I assure you, it isn't. Why do I say so? Let's check out a screenshot for the current system that they have.
If you head over to inkstone and sign in to create a new book, your first option in uploading a cover would be this screen:
So assuming you're someone without money or artistic talent to design your own book cover, you'd opt for the Cover Design System. Here's what it looks like after you select this option:
So far so good, let's take a look at the next step.
Here, you can start seeing limitations. These images are not very appealing and if you squint, there is a number at the top left of the image. This indicates how many times this image has been used by someone else on the site to create a book cover. Do you see the problem yet? Your book wouldn't be able to stand out with such a generic background picture for a cover.
Ah! There we go. Something that finally puts together and looks like a decent cover. At this stage, you can zoom into the area of this particular picture you've chosen from a very limited option and hope that it looks good enough to capture your audience's attention. Still with me? Let's move on.
After zooming to the exact spot you want, you now get to choose where you want your title to be and how it is placed. Yay...
Don't like the font you used or the colour? Well, no worries! Inkstone and Webnovel have you covered. Choose from a wide selection of all 18 interfaces, 13 colours, 9 text effects and 14 filters! Why would there be anyone copying your customisation? Impossible!
Jokes aside, you see the need for a better cover creator? At this rate, I think most people with any knowledge of PowerPoint would be better making their own covers there instead of using this. All they need to do is figure out what the 600x800 pixel dimension looks like and everything is good.
#2: Push Notification Dashboard for Author Announcement to Followers of the Author
This is my Webnovel Profile page. See that little heart icon with numbers? That indicates the number of users following me. However, it's currently a useless function because apart from making it look good, it serves no purpose.
I really wish Webnovel can introduce some kind of wall for Authors to write what they want and announce it to all their followers like Twitter. Else, what's the use of following and favouriting an author?
#3: Social Media Links in Author Profile
I'm not duplicating the picture from above but you can see that I wrote the links in my Description. That's because there is no link for social media promotions. It's a real pain and I wish they can do it like how they allow it on Tapas.
You can check out my Tapas Profile here!
#4: Auto-Save Function for Inkstone
Surprise! If your power crashes during a thunderstorm and your laptop isn't plugged to a battery, you'd automatically lose all your progress by writing on Inkstone if you didn't save it.
Why don't they create such a simple function? It's been more than 2 years since Webnovel was founded, surely this should be an easy task for the programming team, right?
Well, don't tell me that! We've been requesting it from them for years as well but the team doesn't think this is the most important feature to add. Instead, they think adding a more complicated control panel for writers to track their reader comment by chapter is a more pressing matter. Sure, being able to mod the comments from one place is nice and all but don't you think the ability to know that not all progress is lost when writing of higher importance to a writer?
Sometimes, I question the choices the management of Webnovel make.
#5: Center Alignment and Strikethrough Formatting