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Author Updates June 2012

We often receive feedback from writers about the Textbroker system and how we can make improvements. Over the last few months, we have been diligently working to optimize the functions we currently have as well as add a few extras. Effective immediately, Textbroker authors can enjoy the following updates:

We often receive feedback from writers about the Textbroker system and how we can make improvements. Over the last few months, we have been diligently working to optimize the functions we currently have as well as add a few extras. Effective immediately, Textbroker authors can enjoy the following updates:

Profile view counter

With the new profile overview available on your author home page, you will now be able to see how often your profile has been viewed by clients. A complete and powerfully worded profile has proven to be very helpful for many writers in landing them more DirectOrders and Team invitations.

Notes on a client

Since clients don’t have a nickname function available like authors do, it can be difficult to remember which client is which. This function will allow you to make notes on specific clients. These notes are only visible to you. Notes you make about a client will automatically display when you view the client's orders or profile. You are also able to edit and add to notes when viewing or working on an order. Leaving yourself notes like “Client is based out of the UK,” “Client likes HTML headings,” or “Client accepts orders right away” can be very helpful.

New Order information

Directly after logging in, all available Direct- and TeamOrders and revision requests will be displayed on the left side of your screen as well as orders that you are currently working on (Direct-, Team- and OpenOrders). You can access the order text and submission page by just clicking on the order listed.

For now, your revision requests will only be visible on the left side of your screen under “notifications” instead of under Assignments > Changes where they used to be listed. Our programmers are working to restore the Changes tab, but until they do, please be sure to check the left side of your home page upon logging in to view revision requests. You will continue to receive emails alerting you of revision requests as you always have.

Text formatting

Clients increasingly request HTML formatting in their orders. To make this easier for authors, we have developed functions that enable authors to easily format their article. If you would like to bold, italicize, or underline a portion of text, simply highlight the area that you would like to change, and click the BI, or U above the text box, and this will add the HTML coding for you. 

Together with bold, italics and underlining, it is now possible to insert a link or bullet points with just the click of a button. The HTML editor will automatically insert the corresponding tags in the text. Additionally, there is now a feature to allow an article formatted in MS Word to be copied into the text submission field, and this includes its formatting. 

Finally, if you use these HTML functions but receive a revision request from a client indicating that you are not to use HTML coding in the article, all you have to do is highlight the whole article and click the last icon, “clear.” This will erase all of the coding that you have done. If you are planning to use this function, please be sure because once the coding is cleared in bulk, you will have to go back through and add it all again should you wish to replace the coding. 

Teams are more user-friendly

You have asked for better management of Teams, and we've listened. As we mentioned in the New Order Information section, Teams with orders available are visible on the left side of your screen. All you have to do is click the Team name to show the orders available for that Team. 

Each author can now decide which Teams to display in the Open Casting Call area. When you click on the Open Casting Call tab, you will see a dropdown box at the top. This allows you to sort teams only by the category of your choice. If you no longer wish to see a certain Team listed because you know that you are never going to apply for it, you can click the eye icon to the far right across from the Team name. This will hide the Team from view. Please note that when you hide a team, there's no way to unhide it again at the moment. Our programmers are currently working on the ability to reverse this function. 

In addition to these improvements, we also have further developments in the pipeline to go live in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more info and for our next blog post in which Textbroker author Whitney discusses strategies for time management. As always, please feel free to email us at mail@textbroker.com if you have any questions at all. Have a great week, and thank you for sharing your talents at Textbroker!


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