Want to Write for Book Coasters?

You are a wonderful person, and we’d love it if you did.

Here’s how it works!

If you want to chip in on an ongoing discussion, just click the Reply button on a post or comment. That lets you leave comments. The first time you comment, it will be held for  approval by a human moderator. This is so that the site doesn’t get filled with automated comments selling designer shoes and herbal medicine. After the first, your comments are automatically live. We do reserve the right to delete or hide them if you break our ettiquette guidelines.

If you want to start a discussion, but don’t want to sign up for a WordPress membership (free, takes 30 seconds), then you can do it by commenting in the Share Your Great Book thread.

But I want to post, not comment!

You rock like a fox in socks!  You’ll need a WordPress membership. It only takes 30 seconds of typing, in three steps:

1. Click this link and fill out the form. They’ll ask you what you want to be called on their site, for a password, and for an email address. (If you’d like a blog as well as a membership, then you click this link instead, but then these instructions won’t work for you.  Still, you can go back and get a blog whenever you like, so for now, just do it our way, OK?)

2. You’ll then be sent an email to the address you’ve given. It can take up to thirty minutes to arrive. I’d advise making a cup of chocolate and having a biscuit, but that’s just me. Click the button in the email you’ve been sent, and you are now a member of WordPress.  You may want to have a look around and set up your profile.  You don’t need to if you don’t want to.

3. The next step is to be invited to be a book coasters author.  To do this: ask to become an author in the comments on this page. In your comment, try very hard not to sound like an automated bot trying to sell us designer shoes or herbal preparations. Please don’t put any contact details in your message: we can get them using our blog admin magic. We then send an invitation to the email address you signed onto WordPress with. This is done by humans, so it might take a copule of business days. Click the accept button in that email.

Once you click accept, you can post to book coasters.  Welcome aboard!

OK, so I’ve signed on as an author: how do I publish my posts?

WordPress has two entirely separate ways to compose posts. One, called the Dashboard, has more control over detail. The other, which is just the homepage you sign onto at WordPress.com, has less detail but is simpler to use.

Let’s quickly look at each:

When you first sign up as an author on book coasters, WordPress dumps you on the book coasters Dashboard. It can be confusing and if you want to just leave and use the simpler homepage, which I’ll describe later, I wouldn’t blame you.

Still, if you want to write a new post from Dashboard, you click the Posts section on the left, then click Add New. Type your post in the box and click Publish on the right. There are a heap of other controls on Dashboard, but we’ll skip them in this set of instructions.

Dashboard graphic

On the left, next to the subtle arrow.

So, the homepage is easier, you say? Tell me more, you handsome rascal!

The homepage is what you see when you sign into WordPress after the first time. If you have signed in for the first time and you are on the Dashboard, you can go back to the WordPress.com homepage by clicking the WordPress symbol in the upper left hand corner of the screen.

Then click the New Post tab

Then just fill in the boxes, make sure book coasters is in the box at the bottom right, and click Publish Post!  That’s it!

If you get stuck, comment below and we’ll email you privately to work through the problem.