Novlr NOT down – hosting issues FIXED

EDIT: Hi all. The issues below have been solved. We’ve moved hosts which will allow us to monitor the servers better. It’s also substantially cheaper – which is good – lets us focus our limited money where it matters – on getting Offline Writing to you as soon as possible.

 

 

Dear Novlrists

We are so sorry about the current Novlr beta outage. Firstly – and the most important thing – is that your words are safe. Nothing has happened to them. They are not lost.

We are working on the problem and we hope to be back up as soon as we possibly can. It may take us longer than we initially thought. I don’t want to put an estimate on when we’ll be back but as soon as we can be. It won’t be tonight (UK time). Again, we’re really sorry.

I can assure you that we don’t want this to happen again and will do whatever we can to get the site back up quickly – but we’d prefer to get it back up robustly so that takes a little longer.

Thank you in advance for your patience and support.

Your Novlr team.

Bugfix update, NaNoWriMo, NaNoDiNo, Uganda, Lifetime Novlr and more

Hi all

Here’s our latest video update. It’s mammoth – 3 whole minutes long. We realise that watching all of this is more than we should ask of anyone, but we are covering a lot of topics:

  • #NaNoWriMo
  • #NaNoDiNo
  • Bugfix updates
  • Our trip to Uganda and Kenya
  • Lifetime Novlr heroes
  • ramblings

 

Kim’s fundraising page: http://kopafrica.believe.in/fundraising/im-cycling-450km-from-kampala-in-uganda-to-kisumu-in-kenya-across-pot-holed-dirt-tracks/

#NaNoDiNo: Word count dinostauries for #NaNoWriMo

It’s been just over a week of November and the word counts are starting to rise. So this week saw some of Novlr’s followers and many others start to share their pride in their achievements in the form of a dinosaur – what other way could there be. At point of posting there have been 23 #NaNoDiNos but I reckon this is just the beginning. Keep them coming!

And so it began with Jonny Blyth’s creative doodlings:


We liked this so much we wanted to see more:

and you didn’t disappoint. We’ve had amazing #NaNoDiNos so far!

 

Letting the whole world in for NaNoWriMo

Thanks to our incredible closed beta testers, we’ve reached a pretty special moment – we’re ready to open beta up.

SIGN UP TO BETA

From today anyone will be able to register on the website directly without having to wait for an invite. We think we’ve ironed out enough of the bugs to take on a bit more scale and with around 30 people asking for invites a day we’re excited to see how many people we can get on the beta this NaNoWriMo.

Spread the word

Do please share this news – because with NaNoWriMo just a few days away we want as many people as possible to know they can write their novel in Novlr. The more people using Novlr then the more bugs are found, and the quicker we can get on to releasing new functionality for you all.

Tweet to the world

Facebook it to the people you love

Remember – we are still in beta

Although the beta is now open, Novlr is still not in a full release. So while many bugs have been squashed there are still lots of features we want to add. So make sure you tell us what you need and report any bugs you find.

 

MASSIVE WORLD-CHANGING FUNCTIONALITY RELEASED TO NOVLR

We’ve added…wait for it.

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UNDERLINING!!!

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Ok, so maybe not world-changing. However, one of the most common bits of feedback from you guys is ‘we love the simplicity and having only necessary formatting does decrease distractions…but underlining is sort of a must’. So we listened. And have added it.

We think underlining is useful. We are now considering whether strikethrough is. Does anyone use it? Is it just another thing to play with? Should we get rid? let us know your thoughts in the comments below

 

Internet connection bug

We’ve had quite a few reports of people getting the “lost internet connection” alert when their connection is fine. This is a tough one to replicate as it seems sporadic and we can’t tell if those reported had good internet connection or not but we *think* we’ve made some progress.

We show that alert when Novlr tries to save and can’t reach the database (which happens when you lose connection) and considered that it may not be able to reach the database for other reasons and therefore show the message unnecessarily. So, that’s where we are focusing right now and we have just pushed a change live that increases the number of connections allowed to the database. This would fix the issue if the reason it wasn’t able to save was because there were too many connections and it was getting a “503” error.

We don’t know for sure if this will fix the issue but it seems sensible and we are relying on you to tell us if it’s worked! Since it is sporadic and not replicable, we sit, and wait 🙂

The next step: time to make Novlr happen

Step 1: Beta
Good job beta testers. You’ve found a fair few bugs, and have helped polish Novlr. We’re now in open beta for anyone to try Novlr.

Step 2: Full release
You helped us take our first step and now we would love you to be part of the next step. We want Novlr to be ready for NaNoWriMo 2014 with the features you’ve told us are the most importantinflatable water slide:

  • Offline writing
  • Exporting your work
  • More than one novel
  • Character profiles
  • Notes
  • Tagging

To do this, we need your help. We’ve set up a Kickstarter to help us get the funding we need. In return we’re offering at least 50% off Novlr as well as lots of other exciting things

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Thanks for all your support up to now. It has been a whirlwind journey and we would be nowhere without the help of people like you.East Inflatables

Why we’re pleased with Novlr beta

You’ll spend hundreds of hours – scratch that – hundreds of days writing your novel. So, our goal was to build a platform that feels good to write into. With our beta, we’re pleased to say, we think we’ve done that.

We went through a bit of an epiphany with the beta a month or so ago. We were more or less ready to get it out to you. We’d been trying it, and it did everything we wanted it to do – but it just wasn’t quite good enough – it didn’t feel right. So we went back to the drawing board, sat down with our designer and looked at how we could make it richer, make it feel like we knew Novlr should feel. It was a painful choice, but we’re so glad we did because we’re really proud of how Novlr now feels.

By design, it isn’t overloaded with features. We were aiming for simplicity and a good writing experience. Now we will turn our attention to adding the features you most need before we reach full release (much more to come on this).

We hope you like it. We hope it feels like a place you could write your novel.

 

PS: I know this isn’t a novel – but I wrote it in Novlr – and it felt good.