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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. library addict
    Mar 19, 2011 @ 02:33:11

    Yay! So glad the move was mostly successful.

    Hope to have the pretty blue theme back soon.

  2. lucy
    Mar 19, 2011 @ 05:28:13

    I was actually-kinda-looking forward to change of theme, but this one is really stark. It kinda hurts my eyes.

    Oh! Yay! Preview is back.

  3. Jan
    Mar 19, 2011 @ 05:35:07

    Just a heads up that RSS isn’t working yet.
    I have to admit I’m not against the white :D

  4. Pat
    Mar 19, 2011 @ 07:45:35

    My first reaction was “Oooh, I like this! It’s so elegant.” I guess I’m just a minimalist at heart.

  5. Jane
    Mar 19, 2011 @ 08:12:49

    Yep, preview and edit comments are back. Woot! Hopefully all the kinks will be worked out today.

  6. JenD
    Mar 19, 2011 @ 08:28:06

    I actually like this layout. It doesn’t freeze my computer like the old one. Took forever to load for some reason and the page scrolling was really choppy. Eager to see the new new layout too, it’s all good.

  7. dick
    Mar 19, 2011 @ 08:35:26

    Really like this format. More like reading should be.

  8. Jia
    Mar 19, 2011 @ 17:34:21

    Ha! This minimalist theme is more my speed.

    Oh, and RSS is now working. :)

  9. Lynne Connolly
    Mar 19, 2011 @ 17:56:50

    I rather like it. Minimal.

  10. Barbara
    Mar 19, 2011 @ 22:55:43

    I just started using Chrome a few days ago and I here I am trying to figure out what on earth is wrong with my settings.

    I had the trauma of getting my first bifocals on Friday, I can’t deal with going blind from all-white too, lol. I like the minimalist theme, but gah – color!

  11. Ros
    Mar 20, 2011 @ 07:23:59

    I’m not sure whether we’re still in the sorting out the kinks stage or whether this is the final version, but just to let you know that this layout works very badly on smaller (netbook type) screens. When I scroll across to the right to see the sidebar there, the main text overlaps the blue DA bar on the left, making it unreadable. At the very least, please could you make the left hand DA bar scroll across with the rest of the screen.

  12. Ros
    Mar 20, 2011 @ 07:27:51

    Here’s what it looks like for me:

  13. Ros
    Mar 20, 2011 @ 07:28:51

    Well, that didn’t work. Try this:

  14. Jane
    Mar 20, 2011 @ 07:38:58

    @Ros that looks more like the margin isn’t working rather than the screen size being too small because you have a significant amount of white space to the right.

  15. Jane
    Mar 20, 2011 @ 07:43:58

    @Ros: I changed the coding a bit. Does it make any difference for you?

  16. Ros
    Mar 20, 2011 @ 09:21:36

    I’m afraid not. There looks to be space on the right, but that’s actually where the right hand side bar is if I scroll up. Like this:

    The reason why it’s problematic on the smaller screen is that I’m having to scroll left and right. Presumably on a larger screen, it all fits on.

  17. Ilona Andrews
    Mar 20, 2011 @ 10:33:52

    Anything wider than 1000px will look weird on iPad, netbooks, and mobile devices. I’d add the background color #FFF to the posts as a quick band aid until theme could be fixed. It won’t look great on the netbooks but it will make the posts readable.

  18. Jane
    Mar 20, 2011 @ 11:06:12

    @Ilona Andrews: I have the width set to 880 right now so it is less than 1000. I think the problem is that some netbook resolutions are 740 wide?

  19. Jane
    Mar 20, 2011 @ 11:40:13

    @Ilona Andrews: Thanks for the tip. Does that work better for you, Ros? I added a whitish background to the post text so it should overlay the header if you scroll to the right.

    I’ll have to investigate whether I can trigger a different stylesheet for smaller screen sizes or maybe even make the background image elastic. Thanks for the heads up.

  20. Janine
    Mar 20, 2011 @ 15:35:47

    Can’t speak for Ros but my laptop is verging on netbook size with an 11.6 inch screen. Right now everything fits fine on my screen but I don’t know what resolution mine has.

  21. Ros
    Mar 20, 2011 @ 16:15:45

    @Jane: Yes, the background scrolls with the posts now, so it doesn’t look brilliant but is readable. Thank you!

  22. Ros
    Mar 20, 2011 @ 16:17:52

    My netbook resolution is 1024×600, by the way.

  23. Barbara
    Mar 20, 2011 @ 20:16:52

    Is the DA sidebar on the left supposed to end above the bottom of the screen? I should have taken a better screencap showing the upper part of the blog too, but this is what I get at the bottom near the reply box:

    I probably have about 200px of white space in the right margin beyond the images, for what it’s worth. My screen resolution’s set to 1280 x 1024.

  24. library addict
    Mar 21, 2011 @ 02:22:22

    Jane, any chance we can get the numbers on the comments back again?

  25. Jen
    Mar 21, 2011 @ 10:15:09

    Is there a search function on the site and I just can’t find it?

  26. Bernie
    Mar 21, 2011 @ 12:11:55

    I like it. When the swich first happened I thought WTF?????

  27. Jen
    Mar 21, 2011 @ 12:17:18

    @Jen: And there it is! Thanks!

  28. Val
    Mar 21, 2011 @ 14:03:24

    Quick question – Are the metadata tags going to be up with the post titles on the main page like you had before when all is said and done or no? Sometimes I decide to read book reviews based on the tags (historical/sci-fi, A-/C+, etc.) and it would be helpful.

    But I’m only one voice among many so of course execute your plan as you see fit.

  29. Jane
    Mar 21, 2011 @ 14:06:58

    @Val: Yes, I can add those in. I’ll put it on my To Do List.

    @library addict: I’ve got a request out to a programmer about that.

  30. Val
    Mar 21, 2011 @ 14:44:37

    YAY! Thanks for the birthday present. :-)

  31. v
    Mar 21, 2011 @ 15:40:47

    FYI this design pushed some of the content off the right side of my screen. For smaller screen settings it might make more sense to have the static logo on the right rather than the left.

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