Developers and programmers and layout specialists, get a clue! I know it's trendy and the common thing to put texts in subdued or even pastel shades on white or other subdued pastel shades. It makes for a very artistic look. I get that. The problem is, for anyone who doesn't have perfect vision–which includes a high proportion of everyone I know–those kinds of presentations are incredibly hard to read due to the lack of contrast.
I'd be willing to bet that up to 50% of the reading public skips over your oh-so-stylish and oh-so-attractive work because they can't read it–especially if it's in a miniscule font. I know I blow right by anything like that for that very reason. I refuse to hold a magnifying glass up to a monitor to try and read anything like that.
For example, the information booklet of an older CD I picked up today by an artist I like was printed in kind of a burnt orange hue on dark lavender background. I couldn't read a single word. I had to google the album to get a list of the tracks! (Which I promptly printed out in black ink on white paper and taped into the booklet. )
Your best bet of getting higher readership numbers is to present your text, whether on-line or on paper, in a crisp font with a shade that provides a strong contrast to whatever the background is. The paler the color of the font, the less likely it is to be read by higher quantities of readers.
But, it's your business, so it's your call. It's just sad that you seem to be losing track of the fact that if you desire communication, you have to first connect with the reader.
Have a nice evening.
Sold a story to Grantville Gazette last night, a novella titled "Requiem for the Future". 12,000 words +. This one comes with a definite tissue warning. Tentatively scheduled for GG issue 76, I'm told. "Lex Talionis", the long story I sold them about six weeks ago, will probably go up in issue 75.
Got to looking, and if Requiem goes in issue 76, that will make 10 straight issues that I will have at least one story in. That may be a record. And at least three of those issues have more than one work by me. 14 works in 10 issues, if I count correctly.
This is a new book that I co-wrote with Kim Mackey. It's the sequel to his book Essen Steel, and should be released soon by Eric Flint's Ring of Fire Press. I've seen the cover art for it, and I'm looking forward to seeing it on the cover of a real book.
As soon as I can figure out how to import the cover art here, I'll post it.
I should have mentioned this several days ago. GG 73 is available at all the usual outlets. Alas, this time I only have a serial installment in it - Letters From Gronow Episode Four.
I'll have two works in Issue 74 in November – Episode Five of LFG, and a short little fun thing entitled Quelles Misérables.
Well, The Span of Empire didn't win the Dragon Award for Best Military SF and Fantasy Novel this year. However, it was an honor to be nominated, and I want to thank those of you who supported Eric and I in both the nominations phase and the voting.
Better luck next time, I guess. :-)
Midnight tonight is the close of the Dragon Award voting time period. You still have time to register and vote if you haven't.
Keep in mind that The Span of Empire, a novel I co-authored with Eric Flint, was nominated for Best Military SF Novel, and Eric's solo novel 1636: The Ottoman Onslaught was nominated for Best Alternate History Novel.
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Vote now for the 2017 Dragon Awards!
Posted on August 4, 2017 by admin
The nomination period for the 2017 Dragon Awards has ended; so what do you do now? Make sure you are registered to vote, check out the 2017 ballot, and vote for your favorites!
Note – you have until Sunday, August 28th at 11:59 pm, EDT, to register. Voting ends on Tuesday, August 29, 2017, at 11:59 pm, EDT.
The voting deadline is next Tuesday. As noted, my book "The Span of Empire" is up for Best Military SF novel, and my co-author Eric Flint's solo novel "1636: The Ottoman Onslaught" is up for Best Alternate History novel.
If you haven't already voted, please do so. You still have time to register at http://awards.dragoncon.org/…/vote-now-for-the-2017-dragon…/.
Grantville Gazette bought my story Lex Talionis last night. It's another Franz and Marla story, and it comes right after 1636: The Devil's Opera in their timeline. Not short. (Heh. I wrote it. Of course it's not short.) It came in at a bit over 11,000 words.
I need to issue a tissue warning with this one. :-)
Not sure when it will be published. Issue 73 will go up on September 1, and I think they've already got Issue 74 blocked out, so the earliest it could show up would be Issue 75, which will be the January 2018 issue. But it may even be later than that, depending on what other stories they have in their inventory that need to be published. We'll just have to wait and see. Of course, sooner would be better for those of you who follow my work. :-)
Well, after pulling a hat trick in Grantville Gazette Issue 72 a couple of months ago with a story, a serial episode, and an article, I'll only have a serial episode in Issue 73 (albeit 7000 + words). It's almost anticlimactic. But I'll have more stories and articles in future episodes.
The link to the full nominations list is here:
The link to the request for a ballot is here:
Go thou and vote!