What a nice surprise it was to see The Writer’s Glove show up on Laptops to Lullabies, where it was featured as one of five “Weird-but-Awesome Desktop Hacks.” The site is operated by Heather Laura Clarke, a newspaper journalist and blogger in Canada. It doesn’t get much better than that!
They’re thin silk gloves that fit snugly and you can still type normally — even on touchscreens like my iPhone. They’re 20 bucks, U.S., and come with free shipping. I have the extra-small size and they’re fantastic.
The article is full of other terrific “hacks” helpful for anyone who puts in a lot of keyboard time. I especially like number five, seeing as how I drop my iPhone about as many times a day. Read the full article here.
I literally started The Writer’s Glove in my basement at home. That was 15 months ago, back before this adventure became an actual LLC earlier this year and started behaving like a “real” business. All I had was a hunch, a chilly experience with cold hands while writing on deadline and a single-serve coffee maker that eventually succumbed to the abuse. I knew nothing about gloves other than which end to stick my hand in.
A lot can change in 15 months.
Thanks to feedback from customers in 24 countries around the world, I’m happy to say that the 2.0 version of The Writer’s Glove will debut in late summer 2017. The version currently available will be phased out between now and then.
The 2.0 version of The Writer’s Glove will continue to keep cold hands and fingers warm while typing on a keyboard, but it fulfills a lot of what customers requested. Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect:
I’m adding a size! Extra small to extra large sizes will be available.
Even warmer silk to keep cold hands comfortable while you type.
Two options to choose from: a basic and a deluxe version.
A flexible design that feels even more like a second skin.
Stronger, more durable silk will keep you typing longer.
No more sporadic out-of-stock issues! Get what you want when you want it.
Here’s the only sneak peak you’ll get before the official debut:
From that example, there’s yet another big announcement. I’ve trademarked “The Writer’s Glove” with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Not only does that mean I had to figure out the keyboard shortcut for special symbols, but I can also write The Writer’s Glove® and legally have it mean something. (Before, I just used it to troll my friends, who were trolling me for incubating this wild glove idea.)
There will be much more to come. If you’d like to ask me about it, I’ll be at the 2017 Writer’s Digest Conference this August in New York City presenting about some new publishing models, which will include the story of The Writer’s Glove®. Yep, I’m a busy guy, with a full-time job in the publishing industry, this glove gig and my writing projects. But I walk the walk, yes sir, unless our toddler is wrapped around my knees.
As always, if you’d like to try The Writer’s Glove® for yourself, I’d be happy to send you out a pair. Just place your order here.
It’s a red letter day here at The Writer’s Glove. I’m always thrilled to hear from people who find these thin gloves for typing useful, but it’s not every day that feedback comes from someone who wrote the number one e-book in the world on Amazon. And hit the New York Times bestseller’s list. And USA Today. And appeared on Fox News to comment on the publishing industry. And was featured in a New York Times piece on writing in the 21st Century. And, and, and, and…
And his name is Vincent Zandri. Guess what? Sometimes he gets cold hands when he’s cranking out the hits on his keyboard. I was happy to send him a pair of The Writer’s Glove to keep his writing game up.
It turns out they were just the trick, as his Facebook post shows:
Here’s more of his feedback from the threads beneath the pic:
You don’t have to be a bestselling novelist to use The Writer’s Glove. People working in law offices, information technology, data entry, research facilities and more have all found the benefits of keeping their hands warm while typing. You can, too, here.
P.S. Be sure to check out Zandri’s work. His novels are terrific. I recommend The Remains as a good jumping in spot for his extensive catalog of mystery/thriller reads.