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KB Author Signature tool
« on: February 21, 2013, 12:17:00 PM »
Many of you use our Author Sig tool at http://kboards.com/authorsig to update your forum signatures. (Did you know that visitors to KBoards buy about one thousand ebooks a week from author signatures?)

You fill out a simple form, and it generates the signature and adds it to your KBoards profile.

Try it out! http://kboards.com/authorsig

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Please reply in this thread with any feedback. Thanks!

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Update April 2014:

We've made some changes that we hope you find useful:

- We've cleaned up the screen design and made it more intuitive to use than the previous version.

- Your signature info can now be saved, to make future updates easier -- e.g. when you want to add a newly-published book to your sig.

- The generated bbcode can now be saved directly to your KBoards forum profile. It saves a step -- no more need to open up your profile page and update your sig there manually.

- The generated bbcode is still available for you to copy/paste if you wish... for example, into your signature areas on other forums (if allowed there).

- You can now have up to 9 book covers displayed.

- Text links to your pages are more flexible: you can set your own labels for links, rather than be constrained to our previous choices of blog / facebook / google+ / etc. Up to 10 links can be defined.

- We've added a "pushdown" button so that the list of books can be bubbled down one notch, to make it easier to add a new book.

- We also fixed a bug that made use of single quotes and double quotes problematic.

- In order to attach the saved data to a particular member, the screen now requires that you be logged in to KBoards.

Try it out! http://kboards.com/authorsig
« Last Edit: May 21, 2014, 07:22:08 AM by Harvey »
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Re: New toy for authors: forum signature creator
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2013, 12:18:07 PM »
Thanks Harvey!

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Re: New toy for authors: forum signature creator
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2013, 12:23:03 PM »
   This is perfect for bbc code noobs like me!!!

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Re: New toy for authors: forum signature creator
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2013, 12:25:23 PM »
Neat! (yes, I just said that un-ironically)

Harvey, you've been new toy crazy lately ;)

How many characters is the "short message" field?

THANKS!

I'll take 'neat' even if it is ironic. :)  The Short Message field has a 100-character max.
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Re: New toy for authors: forum signature creator
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2013, 12:25:54 PM »
Very sweet. Thanks, Harvey!

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Re: New toy for authors: forum signature creator
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2013, 12:26:50 PM »
Some of y'all have more complicated sigs or established sigs and may not need the tool.  But for those who don't you can use the tool as a starting point and then further edit it.

For example, the "short message" basically allows for a line of text that will extend across the width of the max number of cover images; I'm not sure how many characters that is--Harvey will chip in, I'm sure.  But, if you don't want to have the author name - website - blog - facebook - twitter stuff, you could edit your signature after pasting it into your profile to include more text.

All our regular sig rules apply, of course.  140x800 pixels max width, single row of images 125 pixels high, two lines total of text above or below the images.  (Those of you who exceed these, I'll be chatting with you.  Eventually.  ;))

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« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2013, 12:43:49 PM »
OOOH! Nice.

I'll have to give it a whirl later on. I've been wanting to redo my siggie anyway.
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« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2013, 12:45:48 PM »
It's easy and I have proof. I did it.

Thanks, Harvey!


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« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2013, 12:47:30 PM »
Looks good, Kay!

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« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2013, 12:47:57 PM »
Thanks, Harvey!

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Re: New toy for authors: forum signature creator
« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2013, 01:02:06 PM »
It's easy and I have proof. I did it.

Thanks, Harvey!

You win the prize for first-adopter! Thanks, Kay.
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« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2013, 01:03:01 PM »
You win the price for first-adopter! Thanks, Kay.

Yay! Is is a signed copy of your book when it's launched? If so...I'm thrilled!


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« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2013, 01:09:34 PM »
Yay! Is is a signed copy of your book when it's launched? If so...I'm thrilled!

Just for that... yes, I'll send you one! It's in content-edit as we speak... slowly getting closer to reality...
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« Reply #13 on: February 21, 2013, 01:19:11 PM »
Love it! Thanks, Harvey.

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« Reply #14 on: February 21, 2013, 01:37:25 PM »
Just for that... yes, I'll send you one! It's in content-edit as we speak... slowly getting closer to reality...

Score! I'll hold you to that, Harvey.


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« Reply #15 on: February 21, 2013, 02:06:05 PM »
Harvey, you are a lovely person. I have SO been dreading trying to add my new novel to my sig.  :P

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« Reply #16 on: February 21, 2013, 02:14:31 PM »
Done, very nice and easy, thanks Harvey.  The question is - how can I add my paperbacks?  Those do not have ASINs.  Will a ISBN work as well?
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« Reply #17 on: February 21, 2013, 02:16:47 PM »
Does a great job. I couldn't add my Facebook fanpage because the url was too long so I'll have to try and shorten that.


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« Reply #18 on: February 21, 2013, 02:26:20 PM »
Very nice!

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« Reply #19 on: February 21, 2013, 02:27:57 PM »
Got it. If someone else has a url too long just use the google shortner

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« Reply #20 on: February 21, 2013, 02:29:55 PM »
I'll tweak mine with more information later, but it looks VERY nice. Thanks for simplifying the process, Harvey.  :)


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« Reply #21 on: February 21, 2013, 02:35:12 PM »
Ooh, I love it! I'm going to have to play with it tonight!
 
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« Reply #22 on: February 21, 2013, 02:37:31 PM »
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« Reply #23 on: February 21, 2013, 02:52:52 PM »
Got it. If someone else has a url too long just use the google shortner

http://goo.gl/

Except for your website, blog, facebook and twitter, you shouldn't be entering URLs.  You enter the ASIN of your book and the tool creates the book URL code for you.

Done, very nice and easy, thanks Harvey.  The question is - how can I add my paperbacks?  Those do not have ASINs.  Will a ISBN work as well?
Gabriela--

with the reading bars, readers have said they were able to use the ISBN for the ASIN, though I think the tool is supposed to only search the Kindle store.  Give it a try...

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« Reply #24 on: February 21, 2013, 02:53:58 PM »
Harvey, you are a lovely person. I have SO been dreading trying to add my new novel to my sig.  :P

JRT, what was so dreadful about asking me to help you with your sig?  ::)

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