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New inkpop: You Asked, We’re Answering

Posted by inkpopbecki on June 3, 2011

As announced last Friday, June 16th we are rolling out the brand new inkpop. Along with some new features like Badges, Critics Leader Board and the new sections, we are modifying the Project Ranking.

For those of you who do not know this is how the CURRENT inkpop (like the one you’re sitting on right now at this very moment) works. In order for a project to receive it points, a user has to pick a project and keep that project on their list for a 30 days period. That means that users who were putting projects on their list and taking them off their list really quickly were not helping the project’s score they were only helping their own trendsetter score.  Once a project was on a user’s list for 30 days, the project would receive points. The number of points a project would receive was based on a user’s trendsetter ranking. If a user’s trendsetter ranking was #5 then they might give ten points to each project that was on their pick list for over 30 days. Once a project received points after the 30 day cycle, they would keep those points forever.

The NEW inkpop (i.e. the one that will launch on June 16th) will have a similar point system with a few tweaks.

Now when a user with a Trendsetter score of 5 puts a project on their list, that project receives the points  that day. BUT if that user takes the project off their list, the project loses those points that day.
As stated above, users apply more points to a project based on their Trendsetter score. So a user with a Trendsetter score between 1-100 give a project  may give ten points when a project is on their list. That is how the current site (the one you’re on right now) works and how the new site (the one launching on June 16th) will work.

Uses earn Trendsetter ranks  by having projects on your list. If you can imagine a pyramid, the first person who adds a project to their list receives a point towards their trendsetter ranking for each person below them who adds a project to their list. This occurs in 30 day cycles. The 30 cycle begins when a project is first uploaded. The moment a project is uploaded it has 30 days to give out (for example) 1000 trendsetter points. The first person to add a project at the beginning of those 30 days has the potential to earn all 1000 points. At the end of 30 days, all users who added a project in that period stop earning points and the 30 day cycle begins again. Which means the first person to add the project to their list at the beginning of the new 30 day cycle has the potential to earn 1000 points. When a user takes a project off their list they stop receiving points.

This is the system currently working on inkpop right now and the system that will carry over to the new inkpop.

The only different is we have split trendsetters into 3 categories. Now that we have three pick list—Fiction, Short Writing and Poetry—we have 3 Trendsetter Leaderboards and scores. So when the new site launches, some users may have lower Trendsetter scores in Fiction because some of the projects on their pick list are now listed as Poetry or Short Writing. But those users will have new Trendsetter scores in Short Writing or Poetry.

So in essence your Trendsetter score in Poetry could be #1, but your Trendsetter score in Fiction could be #101 if you do not have a lot of popular projects on your Fiction Pick List.

Got questions? Ask them here or join our inkpop forum discussion on inkpop changes.

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inkpop Fundamentals: June 2, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on June 2, 2011

Jamie Campbell Bower is Shadowhunter Jace Wayland! Just last week we asked you who you thought the best person to play Shadowhunter Jace Wayland in the film adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments opposite actress Lily Collins (cast as Clary Fray) was, and now there are no further doubts about the chosen one’s name. This past Tuesday – May 31, 2011 – it was announced that actor Jamie Campbell Bower, of Breaking Dawn and Camelot fame has been officially cast in the role. “The role is a mix of action and romance as Jamie’s character Jace is a…Nephilim (part human, part angel) who fights demons and romances Lily’s Clary Fray.” MTV.

Greek is the word! Author Rick Riordan re-introduced the idea of Greek Gods and Mythology to the literary world a few years back with his Percy Jackson series, but old-favorite Meg Cabot and newcomer Josephine Angelini have taken it upon themselves to take it one step further, drawing inspiration from the myths of yesteryear to create teen heroines of modern-day society. In Angelini’s debut Starcrossed, Homer’s Iliad is removed from an ancient era and placed smack dab in the middle of a small town American high school; whereas Cabot’s Abandon retells the tale of Persephone, with a cast of American teenage characters at the helm of it all. Both books are the first in projected trilogies. “America seems to be a good place for Greek gods these days. Chiron, the centaur who taught Hercules and countless demigod heroes of legend, explains the migration of the Greek pantheon like this in the first ‘Percy Jackson’ book: ‘The gods simply moved.… Like it or not — and believe me, plenty of people weren’t very fond of Rome, either — America is now the heart of the flame.’” LA Times.

Revealed! ‘The Hobbit’ release dates Though many rumors have been swirling regarding the release dates of both of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit films over the past few months, now comes word that the official release dates have finally been announced. According to Variety, the first film – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – will make its way to theaters on December 14, 2011, and the sequel – The Hobbit: There and Back Again – will hit the big screen one year later – on December 13, 2013. “Jackson began shooting the two films in New Zealand in 3D in mid-March with a cast including Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and Orlando Bloom, Andy Serkis, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Ian McKellen and Cate Blanchett reprising their roles from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. Bloom joined the cast Friday to portray the elf Legolas.” GalleyCat.

Over to you…what do you think about Jamie Campbell Bower being cast as Shadowhunter Jace Wayland? Will you be seeing The Mortal Instruments when it hits theaters? What do you think of Greek mythology in YA fiction? Would you ever try your hand at retelling Greek mythology and/or using it as a basis for a new project – why or why not? Will you be seeing The Hobbit when it hits theaters in December of 2012?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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May 2011 Top Picks!

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on June 1, 2011

The official start of summer is almost upon us, inkpoppers! But before we can usher in a new season, we must usher out a handful of new projects – selected by YOU – which are already on their way to the desk of the HarperCollins Editorial Board for review!

So what five (5) projects were voted most popular for May 2011? Find out below!

inkpop May 2011 Top Picks:

Mercury Books by Ms.Marauder (Book – General Fiction / Humor / Romance)

Plastic Rings by Colleen Dorothy Marie O’Reilly (Book – General Fiction / Romance)

Silence by Hannah H (Book – Adventure / Science Fiction / Fantasy / Romance / Paranormal)

Windswept by wildgreenskittle (Book – Science Fiction / Fantasy / Romance)

The Wishing Well by MariellaHunt (Book – General Fiction / Romance / Paranormal / Mystery)

Congratulations to the May 2011 Top Pick authors! Once the Editorial Board has had the chance to review your project, you will receive a critique and feedback from a HarperCollins Editor.

In the meantime…five slots now stand empty. Does your project have what it takes to be a June 2011 Top Pick?

Speaking of Top Picks…what was your favorite May 2011 Top Pick? Did you fall under Cameron Quillen’s charming spell in Mercury Books? Were you inundated with dreams from your childhood after delving into the pages of Plastic Rings? Did Sage’s harrowing plight found within the pages of Silence leave you spellbound? Were you swept up in the beautiful prose found within Windswept? Did the mystery of The Wishing Well make you rethink your last wish?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: May 31, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 31, 2011

‘The Mortal Instruments’…enough about Jace; who should play Simon? Alex Pettyfer, Ed Speelers, Jamie Campbell Bower, Leebo Freeman…we’ve heard an abundance of names cast into the ring in regards of who will be taking on the role of Shadowhunter Jace Wayland opposite Lily Collins (already cast as Clary Fray) in the big screen adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments, but with nothing official to speak of, many have moved on, and begun to question who will play the other boy in Clary’s life…Simon. Says author Cassandra Clare, “They’ve started looking for people for Simon. But everything kind of rotates around Jace and Clary. Once you cast Jace and Clary, they have to have chemistry with each other. And all of the other characters have to have chemistry with them. So they’re sort of starting to look at Simon in a broad sense, asking me, ‘What are your ideas for Simon? What do you think he should look like? What is the most important characteristic about him?’ Whoever is going to be Simon is going to have to come in and test with Lily [Collins] and whoever is Jace.” MTV

‘Bridget Jones’s’ author Helen Fielding uses Twitter as inspiration! Fifteen-years-ago author Helen Fielding struck gold with Bridget Jones’s Diary, a New York Times Bestseller that went on to be a box office hit starring Renee Zellweger; now, what seems like ages later, the author is hard at work penning the third installment about the wacky Bridget and her crazy cohorts, and she’s using Twitter as one of her main inspirations. “I discovered that through doing Twitter—I was a bit blocked with the book and it just put me back in touch with who the readers are. You can sort of talk to people and see them react to your stuff.” Hollywood Crush.

Sneak peek of Rick Riordan’s next ‘Percy Jackson’ book – ‘The Son of Neptune’! Though Rick Riordan’s The Son of Neptune, the second installment in the Heroes of Olympus series isn’t set to hit bookstores until October 4, 2011; the author knows how devoted his fans are, and how eager they are to get their hands on his next book. Thus, he has released a sneak peek at The Son of Neptune, which you can read here. According to reports, “Percy Jackson will definitely be back, along with Tyson the Cyclops, Grover Underwood, three new demigods, and a bulletproof elephant.” Additionally, Riordan has revealed that “there are other reasons besides Percy that the book is called ‘The Son of Neptune’.” GalleyCat.

Over to you…who do you think would make the perfect Simon in The Mortal Instruments film and why? Would you ever turn to Twitter as inspiration for your writing – why or why not? Are you a Percy Jackson fan? What did you think of the sneak peek? Will you be picking up a copy of The Son of Neptune when it hits bookstores in October?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpopper of the Week: Lithiawood

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 30, 2011

“Well, the name is Lithia, for starters. I was named after a park –– my mom’s favorite place in the world. I recently turned seventeen years old and I’m wrapping up my junior year of high school, as well as my cultural exchange program in France. That’s right, I’m an American in Paris the South of France. No worries though, I’ll be back on home turf July 11th. 😉

“My official pets: My cats, Cleopatra (Cleo), Hero (Coffee face), and Slyvia; and my dog, Desdemona (Dessie). They’re all named after Shakespearean characters because my mom is Shakespeare’s number one fangirl.

“My nonofficial pets: Ted, the possum who visits to munch on cat food every once in a while; the multitude of Ghost Cows who live in the woods around my bus stop; the hundreds of Peepers (tree frogs) who talk to me 24/7 all summer long; and Bob, a Stork who likes to drop by for sushi (my parents claim he’s a Heron but I know better –– how else would we get new little baby fishies each year?).

“I play the alto saxophone in my school’s band, marching band, and jazz band, and over the summer I play in a community band. I’ve been in love with it since I started, wayyyy back in the fourth grade.

“I also love theater –– I took my first drama class my freshman year and when it became an option, I immediately signed up to do the school musical (Crazy for You) too. That summer I went to a three week acting camp in Brooklyn, New York and had the best time of my life, and my sophomore year I took Advanced Drama and played the idiotic doctor in Oliver! Improv games and monologues are two of my favorite activities ever, I never get tired of ‘em.”

Another thing Lithia (aka Lithiawood) never gets tired of? Editing! Though the projects Lithia has posted here on inkpop show that she loves to put pen to paper to churn out short stories and poems; her one true love is actually editing the work of others.

According to your profile, on June 25, 2011, you will be posting a nonfiction project on inkpop about “writing mistakes you’re making, an educational self-helper based on the largest mistakes I’ve seen fellow teen writers making (and how to fix them, of course).” Is this something that inkpoppers have requested that you write, or was it something you decided to do on your own? Can you give us any extra information about this project?

Lithiawood: I first got the idea within a week of being on inkpop, just because I looked at the essay section and saw no one had done it before. One crazy fit of writing later and I had it posted. It got really positive reviews, so I’m excited to bring the new and improved version to inkpop and see how well it’s received this time. It’s something near and dear to me, mostly because I’m an editor at heart and I hate seeing new writers making the same silly mistakes. While it most certainly isn’t going to baby walk you through the process of creating a hit, it does outline easy things you can do to make your journey that much easier.

Your profile states that you love to edit people’s work…where did this passion come from?

Lithiawood: I guess it has to be in the genes. My dad’s side of the family consists almost entirely of professors and when I used to let him read over my essays for school he’d mark them up so much I’d have to re-write the entire thing. Three or four times. And my mother is a grammar freak like I am, so…there you go. Baby, I was born this way. XD

Currently, you have six projects posted on inkpop, all of which fall into the poem and/or short story category. Have you ever written a fiction book? If not, is this something you would contemplate doing in the future – why or why not?

Lithiawood: I have started writing several fiction books, but finished none. There’s one I’m working on right now, either called I’m Too Sane For That or just Sane, depending on what day you ask me, about a girl who decides to blame a crying binge in the school bathroom on her absent alcoholic mother. I also have a science fiction book running around in my head, based on my short story, [Erase], about a world where scientists perform experiments years long on brainwashed humans and then wipe their brains before they re-enter society.

You write, you edit…which do you feel embodies you more – writing fiction of your own or editing the work of others? Why?

Lithiawood: Now, don’t go calling me a cheat for not choosing, but I like to think of the two as my ying and yang. You know how people usually use their left brain or their right brain more? The creative and logical sides of a person. But I don’t think I use one more than the other; I’ve always been this balanced creative-and-yet-also-academic mixture. The fact that I am so engrossed in both the creative and technical aspects of writing embodies that.

What do you feel influences your writing and why?

Lithiawood: Life influences me (what else could?). I draw a lot from my own life, or bigger issues in the world that bug me. The double-standards of homophobia inspired my poem, Gold, and my personal realization of the importance of religious tolerance is the basis for I’d Thought I Was Right, my other poem. The basic journalist dilemma inspired the moral crisis in [Erase], and aspects of my own life are where Sane’s plot comes from. I could go on and on…but I think you see the point. 😉

I think I write about those things because they’re the most important to me, and a lot of the time I need a good venue to get rid of excess frustration from me worrying so much about them. Writing is that venue; it’s brilliant therapy.

Do you hope to see your nonfiction project make it into the Top 5?

Lithiawood: I hope. Who knows if it will happen. But it would be amazing, yes. I’d love to see what an editor would make of it, not to mention that means a lot more people would read it. And my book can’t help people unless they read it!

If you were to sit down at this very moment, and write a fiction novel, what genre would it be and why?

Lithiawood: The genre would probably be humor, because I think that’s an under-appreciated genre at the moment. All these melodramatic paranormal epic prophecies and demons from hell and long, hard roads ahead…seriously authors, a good book can be one that makes people laugh too (if Akajar can do it so can you)! Oh, and it’d be science fiction as well, because I love social relations science fiction more than anything (can I hear an Ender’s Game woot woot?!).

As someone who has been bitten by the editing bug…what is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to writing? What will turn you off to a project immediately?

Lithiawood: My biggest pet peeve is when I see a project that has not undergone basic proofreading. If you haven’t run your story through a spell-checker or re-read it for silly typos, it’s really obvious, and it shows the reader you don’t respect them enough to at least try and present something…presentable. No, you do not have to catch every single mistake in your writing (the hard stuff is what inkie critics are there for), but you do have to take out some time to look it over and fix whatever glaring errors there are. That part at the very least is not my job. 😉

On a scale of 1 to 10, how helpful do you think your nonfiction project will be to inkies and why?

Lithiawood: It will vary person to person, but I think the key is that it should be able to help everyone with something. Say you know everything there is to know about writing a good plot, that just means that while the plot chapter might not help, maybe the grammar chapter will. Or maybe you know everything there is about writing –– you can help me out and let me know what I’ve missed (and I’m an inkie so that counts)!

Anything else you’d like to add?

Lithiawood: Six tidbits of randomness:

1 – The word for someone who critiques is a critic. The whole “critiquers” thing? No.
2 – (Lexie Pooh, don’t read this one) I’m going to see a legit bullfight in June. I’m excited. It should be cool. 🙂
3 – Guys, Lydia’s SPLENDIFEROUS WEEK OF UPDATES or something is coming up! Y’alls better be ready! Message Lydia Bloomfield for more details!
4 – Go listen to Hide and Seek by Imogen Heap. DO IT. *mind powers, enforces yoda*
5 – To be added to the updates list for Writing Mistakes You’re Making message meh.
6 – The reason my photos are all funky looking is because I’m obsessed with Picnik.com right now. 😛

Pop, Pop, Pop! Rapid Fire Questions:

Favorite TV show? Of all time? Gilmore Girls. Currently? Misfits.
What’s on your iPod? SO MANY! (*brain melt*) Classic Disney, OneRepublic, The Fray, Taylor Swift, Mika.
Lucky number? 9
The Hunger Games…Peeta or Gale? Peeta, bien sûr! Frosting + hot guy is always okay in my book. 😉
You’re stranded on a desert island, what five books do you take with you? The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Ulysses, The Neverending Story, The Hobbit, and How To Get Un-stranded On A Desert Island With Only Five Books To Keep You Company (or if that one’s unavailable, East).

Over to you…who do you think should be the next inkpopper of the Week?

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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Blogger Book Review: Illusions by Aprilynne Pike

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 29, 2011

Good morning, inkpoppers! Just a few weeks ago many of you chatted with author Aprilynne Pike during our inpop Live Chat; and now we bring you a review of the New York Times Bestselling author’s latest book Illusions straight from Mel of the blog He Followed Me Home…Can I Keep Him?.

Read more book reviews from Mel by visiting He Followed Me Home…Can I Keep Him? For now, prepare yourself to be entranced by Illusions.

“The third book in the ‘Wings’ series, ‘Illusions’ starts of with Laurel back at high school in the human world and surprise, surprise, Tamani shows up as a foreign exchange student! Spells made me Team Tamani, so I was so curious how this was was going to play out. Although I enjoyed this book, I have to admit that partway I was getting tired of the David/Tam love triangle…both boys pining over Laurel but her being ignorant to David’s jealousy issues. With what was happening, it is fair to say that David had reasons to feel this way so Laurel annoyed me. I can justify Tamani’s undying love as part of his nature but come on David! A majority of this book deals with Laurels conflict over David/Tamani.

“Ms. Pike rounds out this storyline with the possibility of danger from the other foreign exchange student, Yuki, the mysterious Klea and disappearing Trolls. Not much is finalized here but hints at what is to come next. The ending is a major cliffhanger and I think we will get back to more action next year in what is supposed to be the last book in the series. Seeing the fae world in ‘Spells’ captivated me, I am crossing my fingers we get to see more of that too!”

Thank you to Mel of He Followed Me Home…Can I Keep Him? for discussing Aprilynne Pike’s Illusions with us.

Over to you…have you read Illusions? If so, what did you think of it? If not, will you be picking this book up during your next trip to the bookstore and/or library?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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Blogger Book Review: Emily the Strange: The Lost Days by Rob Reger and Jessica Gruner

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 28, 2011

Happy Saturday, inkpoppers! Today we have a strange treat for you…a review of Rob Reger and Jessica Gruner’s Emily the Strange: The Lost Days written by Mevurah of the blog The Heart of Dreams.

Of her blog Mevurah says, “The Heart of Dreams is a blog that focuses on my love for reading and books. Which is the meaning behind the name of this blog. Reading so many stories when I was a little girl, inspired me to want to be come a writer. Books and stories are the heart of that dream of mine.” Read more review from Mevurah at The Heart of Dreams. For now, tuck into the strange world of Emily the Strange: The Lost Days.

“I think there is only one word that could sum up this book: Strange. The first time that I heard of ‘Emily The Strange’ was during my sophomore year of High School. I noticed a couple of people at my school with stickers of Emily on their notebooks and binders. I thought she was a cool character. I then learned she was the logo of a clothing brand of the same name. Last year I found out that there were books about Emily! Of course I added them to my to-read list, hoping to stumble upon them some time in the near future.

“So imagine how surprised I got when I saw two ‘Emily The Strange books’ at the library! I was happy and excited to get a chance to read about the mysterious Emily! After reading this book, I must admit that it wasn’t what I expected it to be. It wasn’t a bad book but I thought it could have been a bit different. First off, I wasn’t expecting the diary format! Reading about Emily via first person was in fact a trip! My goodness, if there ever was a strange and interesting character, Emily is definitely one of them!

“In ‘The Lost Days’, the story begins with Emily trying to stay calm. She has just found herself sitting on a bench, with a few personal possessions next to her. To make things interesting, she can’t remember a single thing. Nothing! The only clues that she has to her identity is a journal that has a few pages ripped out. And so begins a weird and bizarre tale told by a 13 year old goth.

“The town where Emily stays as she tries to remember who she is was such a crazy place. The illustrations really brought the town and the various citizens of the place come to life. The black ink and blood red tone in the drawings against the glossy white pages were definitely eye popping. I would definitely recommend this book, if you’re in the mood for taking a bizarre getaway, Emily would definitely make the ultimate tour guide!”

Thank you to Mevurah of The Heart of Dreams for sharing her thoughts on Emily the Strange: The Lost Days with us.

Over to you…have you read Emily the Strange: The Lost Days? If so, what did you think of it? If not, will you be picking this book up during your next trip to the bookstore and/or library?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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It’s Finally Happening: The New inkpop

Posted by inkpopbecki on May 27, 2011

So the day you thought would never come (I know we didn’t either) is finally approaching. The new inkpop will be revealed on June 16th.

Before you get up in squee (or start screaming at us about what did wrong) we thought we’d give you some warnings about what you will find when the new inkpop turns over. The first thing that you should be aware of is that inkpop will be down June 13-15 to get the new site up. We’re sorry. We know this is upsetting, but it is necessary to get the new site launched. After that, these are some of the things you can expect.

Project Ranks

When the new site turns over you may find your project rank is a little different than your old project rank. We apologize in advance for this. From our test station, this rescoring has mostly impacted projects positively, but for some, you may see you rank drop as much as five spots. Again we’re sorry in advance.

You’re probably wondering why this occurs. Well the short answer is the new leader boards. We have now broken all writing up into new sections Fiction, Short Writing and Poetry. This means that there are now going to be more chances to receive a HarperCollins review. Our editors will be reviewing the top five projects in all categories. While this sounds exciting, what you should know is this change has also impacted trendsetters. We have split the trendsetter leaderboard into three sections as well. So now trendsetters who may have been contributing more points to your project because their trendsetter score was #5 on the old site, may be contributing less points to your project because they are now #16 as a fiction trendsetter. Sound confusing? Please refer back to our old post about the trendsetting leader board.

Project Upload: Easier but Not Immediate

So one of the biggest complaints we’ve heard is about the uploading process. With our current uploader you have to cut up your projects. Regardless if you’re uploading or writing in the text box, you receive a lot of errors. Well, goodness, we fixed that. Our developers have worked hard to create an easier uploading experience for you. The bad news is, it takes a little while to render. After going through the steps to upload your work, you’ll see a little spinning bicycle that tells you where your project is in respects to the rendering process. You probably won’t see your project in the preview field, but don’t worry just hit publish. Even when it’s published, it may still be working on rendering your project. DON’T FREAK OUT! Get a cup of coffee. It could take up to ten minutes for your project to render, BUT if you do not receive a 404 Error message (which happens immediately) be assured that it IS uploading.

We’re working on speeding up this process, but for the moment, this is the best we can do. Please don’t hate us because we’re not perfect.

You Screamed, We Listened

Other changes from the original announcement include the following:

Short Writing Not Nonfiction: Since most of you complained that there is more short writing than nonfiction on the site, we adjusted to fit your needs. Now there is a section for Short Writing. There are Nonfiction types in the Short Writing section for all of you who still write nonfiction.

Now I realize there are going to be some problems and some complaints about this new section. Some of you may think that people will start labeling their work Short Writing to game the system and get to the Top Five faster. This is unlikely. First there are more Short Writing projects currently on the site than Fiction, so it’s going to be a lot more difficult to game that list. Second some of you maybe thinking, but my Short Writing IS Fiction. We understand. The Fiction section, in the future, will be relabeled Books, but it is harder than you might believe to change these categories, so for the moment, this is what we’re launching with.

Watch List: We previously said we would be doing away with Watch List. This is not the case. We now have Watch List again.

inkpop is Slow: So a lot of you complained that the current site is too slow and that often you will try to post a forum post or a comment and the page will time out. We’ve improved the performance of the site, so that it runs faster for you. When the new site launches, we’re going to be working on this even more. So all the promises that we made that inkpop will be fast WILL come true. This just might not be the case when the site is first up.

Questions? Concerns? Comment here or go to the inkpop forum we’ve set up to discuss these changes. Please be respectful and helpful. Just saying you hate all the new stuff and don’t want anything to change will not be helpful. Discussing the features you see (or don’t see) and making constructive suggestion will be incredibly valuable to us and we will try to keep up and respond to all of your thoughts.

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inkpop Fundamentals: May 26, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 26, 2011

The search for ‘The Mortal Instruments’ Jace Wayland is on! Actress Lily Collins snagged the role of Clary Fray in the big screen adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments what seems like ages ago; but since then production of the film has been at a virtual standstill due in large part to the fact that the role of Jace Wayland has still yet to be cast. Though rumors swirled that Alex Pettyfer (star of Beastly and I Am Number Four) was in talks to star as Jace, scheduling difficulties have been a deterrent in clinching the deal; and though he is still a frontrunner for the role, a few new names have been cast into the mix, including Breaking Dawn’s Jamie Campbell Bower, Eragon’s Ed Speelers, and new face Leebo Freeman. Says Clare, “The search continues for Jace…They are auditioning like crazy, which I think is good. To me, it’s kind of funny, this sort of old-fashioned search for the right face. So they’re seeing a whole lot of different people.” MTV.

Carolyn Mackler and Jay Asher’s ‘The Future Is Us’ sold to Warner Bros. before hitting bookstores Just a few weeks ago we delivered the news that The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things author Carolyn Mackler and Thirteen Reasons Why author Jay Asher would be penning The Future Is Us together – a novel set in 1996 and scheduled for a November 2011 release; now, before the book has so much as hit bookstores, the title has been sold to Warner Bros. to be translated for the big screen. The book is said to be “ a time-traveling drama for the digital age—think ‘Back to the Future’ meets ‘The Social Network’—featuring a teenage girl who logs onto the internet for the first time in 1996, and thanks to a rip in the space-time continuum, stumbles upon the Faceboook profile of her 20-something future self. (What happens next? Dunno! But we can probably assume that hijinks ensue!)” Hollywood Crush.

Lenny Kravitz to play Cinna in ‘The Hunger Games’! When it was revealed that singer Lenny Kravitz was in talks to play a pivotal role in The Hunger Games film adaptation, many found themselves baffled with the news, and curious to learn which role he would be taking on – now we know. On Tuesday, May 24, 2011 it was confirmed that Kravitz would be playing the role of fashion stylist Cinna – the very character who bestowed MC Katniss Everdeen with the title ‘The Girl Who Was On Fire’. Says Director Gary Ross of his casting selection, “When I saw Lenny’s work in Precious I was just knocked out. It was quiet and strong and understated and open hearted; all qualities which define this character.” GalleyCat.

Over to you…if the role doesn’t go to Alex Pettyfer, who do you think would be the perfect Jace Wayland and why? What do you think of the concept of The Future Is Us? Will you be reading the book and/or seeing the movie when it is released? Do you think that Lenny Kravitz is a good choice for the role of Cinna – why or why not?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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BEA All the Way!

Posted by inkpopbecki on May 25, 2011

If you didn’t know, this week is Book Expo of America. This is probably the biggest book conference in the publishing industry. inkpop’s own Leigh Fallon was as a guest author. She signed books and The Carrier of the Mark presented as one of five Buzz Books of the season on the exclusive YA Buzz Panel.

Check out our day at BEA!

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