Blogger Support

The Problem

There are times when the HTML code that we provide has strange characters scattered throughout the page.

The original file itself does not have these, as it is the software that you are using that causes the problem.

Unfortunately, different software starts to add characters in different ways, so it is not possible to know which software will do what, however, there is a simple way to stop this from happening, and that is to use a text editor instead of software such as a Word Processor.

While investigating this problem, we found that TextEdit on the Mac was a big culprit.  We tried various things to stop this from happening, but the software continued to show some problems throughout these tests.


The Solution

The software that you use is the solution.

Windows Users
If you are using Windows, either on a PC or Mac, the best solution is for you to open the file in Notepad, which comes with every copy of the operating system.

Mac Users
If you are on a Mac, there are a few options that would work well.  We have tested three software titles.  The first two are free, and the third is a paid option.  While the two free options are aimed towards designers, it works really well with plain text files.

Brackets (Adobe) Free
TextWrangler (Bare Bones) Free
Plain Text Editor (AlphaOmega Software) €30

To be honest, unless you want to have the extra options that come with Plain Text Editor, there is really no need to spend money on this. Both the first two options work perfectly for what is required.

If you are using a book tour operator to add posts to your blogs, you have a date when the post should be going live.

Instead of creating the post on that day, which could be a problem as you never know what life may throw at you, it is much easier to schedule the post.  This allows you to create the post at the time that you find most convenient.

In this FAQ, we will be taking you through the steps required to do this in WordPress.


WordPress

When you enter the post screen, you will see the publish section on the right, as you can see on the right of this FAQ.

The third option is to publish immediately, which is what most people do, but instead of doing this, scheduling is just a matter of clicking on the Edit link beside it.

When you do this, you will see the section change to look like the image below, but it will show the current date and time:

To schedule your post, you simply change this date and time to be the date and time when you want the post to go live and WordPress will do exactly as you ask.  If you selected to publish the post on June 15th 2017 at 8am, you would make the changes to look like those below before clicking on the OK button:

After clicking on the OK button, you will notice that the blue Publish button will change to Schedule, which will show you that the schedule has been set.  You can change this at any time.

This can also be used if you want to change the published date of any post on your WordPress blog.  Just change the date and time and WordPress will show these changes or, if it is a date or time in the future, it will remove the post from being shown until the date/time requested.

There are currently five types of post that can be included with book tours, each of which is listed below, with a very brief summary of what they include.

Spotlight
This can either be an author or book spotlight.  It can include an excerpt, interview and a variety of images of a book.  It also includes social media, website and buy links.

Excerpt
An excerpt of your book, along with social media, website and buy links.

Guest Post
You will write a post to be included on the blog, this will also include social media, website and buy links.  We suggest that you write 3-5 guest blogs, which are then provided to the blogger, who can decide which they want included.  They generally range from 300-2000 words. It also includes social media, website and buy links.

Interview
We will provide you with a number of questions which you can answer.  You decide which of the questions you answer.  The blogger is then provided with these and they select the questions/answers to include.   It also includes social media, website and buy links.

Review
The blogger will read your book and write a review.  If it is not a favourable review, we will ask them to post an alternative post type, unless you want all reviews to be posted.

Author Support

There are currently five types of post that can be included with book tours, each of which is listed below, with a very brief summary of what they include.

Spotlight
This can either be an author or book spotlight.  It can include an excerpt, interview and a variety of images of a book.  It also includes social media, website and buy links.

Excerpt
An excerpt of your book, along with social media, website and buy links.

Guest Post
You will write a post to be included on the blog, this will also include social media, website and buy links.  We suggest that you write 3-5 guest blogs, which are then provided to the blogger, who can decide which they want included.  They generally range from 300-2000 words. It also includes social media, website and buy links.

Interview
We will provide you with a number of questions which you can answer.  You decide which of the questions you answer.  The blogger is then provided with these and they select the questions/answers to include.   It also includes social media, website and buy links.

Review
The blogger will read your book and write a review.  If it is not a favourable review, we will ask them to post an alternative post type, unless you want all reviews to be posted.