How to Schedule a Post in WordPress

Here’s a quick how-to post detailing how to schedule a post in WordPress. Essential knowledge for regular bloggers, those that host blog tours, or if you’re going to be away from the computer for a few days. It means you can simply set up your post, then forget about it until it goes live. (Please note: Occasionally, WordPress will miss schedule with a post, so please keep an eye out for that. But it’s incredibly rare.)

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1. Log into your WordPress site as you would normally, then navigate to create a new post.

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2. Write your post as you would normally.

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3. Under the ‘publish’ box, click ‘edit’ next to the part that says ‘publish immediately’ and you’ll see a series of pull down lists and boxes where you can enter the date and time you’d like the post to publish. Fill them in with the date and time you want to schedule your post for.

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4. Click ‘OK’, then click the ‘schedule’ button.

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5. You’re all set! Navigate back to your ‘posts’ menu, and you’ll see your scheduled post sitting above your already-published posts with a message next to the post title saying ‘scheduled’ and the date over on the right hand side so you can see at a glance when it’s scheduled for.

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WMS Christmas Break!

Hi everyone,

Just to let you know that Writer Marketing Services is now on Christmas break. There are no more blog tours now until the new year. 2016 – wow, how did that happen?

I hope you have a fantastic holiday season, and here’s a sneak peek of what you can expect in the early part of next year…

In the meantime, if you send me a message, I’ll be slower than usual replying due to the holidays, so please bear with me.

Happy Reading!

Lucy

Cyber Monday Sale! #cybermonday #sale

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To celebrate Cyber Monday, Writer Marketing Services is offering a whopping 20% off blog tours! You don’t have to take the tour right away, you can “bank” it and book it when you have a new release to promote. You just have to fill in the form on Cyber Monday and have paid the balance by the 4th December to qualify for the discount.

Full details on blog tours, including pricing, is here.

Please feel free to spread the news far and wide!

Price Increases from 2nd November

This is just a quick note that from the 2nd November, prices for some services will increase, to keep in line with inflation and the industry standard. The details are as follows:

  • Release blitzes to increase from £20 to £25 (£30 if reviews are also requested)
  • Cover reveals to increase from £20 to £25
  • Blog tour packages will have an extra £10 added. For example, one week tour, which was £20, will be £30, and so on

Any services booked and paid for before then (even if they’re not actioned before the 2nd November) will still be available at the previous prices. So if you have some new releases coming up that you would like to promote, now’s a good time to get these packages booked in order to save yourself some money.

Writer Marketing Services is Three!

Wow – I can’t believe it. Can’t believe that I’ve been self-employed for three years, running Writer Marketing Services. I’ve loved every minute, so I thought it was fitting to have a bit of a celebration, and a toast to many more years of doing PR, marketing, blog tours, release blitzes, websites and much more for writers and small businesses.

So, here goes… a giveaway! Yes, that’s right – the chance to get something for FREE!

Just fill in the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win your choice of either a FREE release blitz or one week blog tour. And don’t forget to tell all your friends.


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Cyber Monday Deal!

How about an awesome Cyber Monday deal? Yeah, I thought you’d like that. So how about this:

Book any length of blog tour, and get it HALF PRICE!

That’s right – a one week blog tour will set you back just £10, two weeks £20, and so on.

And yes, you can book and pay now, and save the tour until later.

So, what are you waiting for? Go here to see prices and options, and book your blog tour. I’ll send you an email within a couple of days with the next steps.

This offer is open until 10am GMT on the 3rd December, so be quick!

Springing Ahead!

Well, spring is upon us, and I’m pleased to report that I’m springing ahead with projects, and have recently completed three websites, amongst lots of other PR work for both contract and ongoing clients.

Sites for Midlands Pest Control, Maxim Jakubowski and Adriana Kraft are all now live on the web, for your viewing enjoyment. Maxim and Adriana also kindly took the time to write up glowing recommendations of my work:

“Lucy Felthouse not only organised a wonderful blog tour for the publication of my latest novel, but she also then set up a website for me; this was something I should have done years ago but never got round to as it seemed too complex for my luddite technological skills. Her explanations, suggestions and ideas made it easy and then her hard work made this a reality. Thank you.”Maxim Jakubowski

“I just finished a total website overhaul created by Lucy Felthouse of Writer Marketing Services. I heartily endorse both the product and the process. Lucy was able to take my half-formed concepts and flesh them out with her experience and her eye for what will work best on the page. At every step of the way, she was patient and taught me what I need to know to be able to maintain the site myself and make future changes. Thank you, Lucy!”Adriana Kraft

I’m also busily running and booking blog tours, as well as preparing for several new projects, including some that were picked up as a result of my talk at the recent Eroticon conference. Myself and colleague and friend Victoria Blisse did a session on blog tours, which much to our delight (we were up against some tough competition) was really well attended and sparked lots of interest and discussion. You can’t ask for any more than that!

So, if you’re looking for a new website, a blog tour, a review submission package or something more bespoke, let me know as soon as you can, and I can get your project planned in. I look forward to hearing from you.

Testimonial from Liia Ann White

I just received this fab testimonial from Liia Ann White – who booked a blog tour for her latest release through WMS.

I used Lucy’s Writer Marketing Services for a blog tour and was instantly left wondering why I hadn’t used her earlier. I’ve used other promotional companies to organise blog tours and appearances, but none of them compare to Lucy. Within hours of emailing her regarding the tour, she responded – not an easy feat with the time difference between the two of us – and she had great spots booked up within days. The entire process ran smoothly and I couldn’t have been happier.

The tour was a great success and Lucy promoted my guest spots on both her personal Twitter and Erotica For All accounts.

I plan on using Writer Marketing Services again and again and again.

What You Need To Know About Blog Tours

  • What is a blog tour?

A blog tour is a way to publicise you and your book. You write guest blog posts or answer interviews which are then posted on carefully chosen host blogs on a set date.

  • What are the advantages?

It’s great publicity which boosts sales! As you’ll be appearing on a different blog each day you have the chance to gain yourself new readers, let existing readers know about your new releases and get your work added to those all important to be read lists! You are given the opportunity to speak to readers and engage with them, increasing your chances of them checking out your books.

  • What is a guest blog post?

A guest blog post is where you write something that will be of interest to readers, whether it’s about your writing process, your characters, your inspiration, etc. These are then posted on a host blog along with your book cover and buy links to make readers aware of you and your work.

  • What should I write about?

See How To Write Guest Blog Posts for more information on this.

  • Should I write something new for each stop on the tour?

You don’t have to, though it’s highly recommended. Some tour hosts will insist that your content is unique  as sending the same thing out to more than one blog has several drawbacks: the search engines penalise for duplicate content, meaning your post is less likely to be ranked highly; it looks like you can’t be bothered to write new content; there may be people following you on each stop of your tour and they won’t be happy to see the same posts appearing and with each new discussion you have more chance of drawing in different readers as you’re giving them a new ‘hook’ and making them interested in you and your work.

  • What happens after the post is made live?

The post will be publicised on social networks as outlined in the Blog Tour Packages information, but you will also need to publicise this yourself. Send emails to your friends, post something on your own blog and send out links via your own social networks. The more visitors you have, the better. Also, you must check back periodically to see if there have been any comments on your piece and answer them and any questions where applicable.

  • How long does a blog tour last?

That’s up to you. Packages range from one week to four. For more information, visit the Blog Tour Packages page.

  • What do I need to supply for a blog tour?

See Blog Tour Requirements for a list.

  • Your prices are all in GBP – does that mean you only work for UK authors?

No, though I’m in the UK so you’ll need to pay me in GBP. Use a free currency converter to find out the rough cost in your currency. Then you can use PayPal to send funds to me in GBP.

  • I want in. How do I go about booking a blog tour?

Visit the Blog Tour Calendar & Sign Up Page to find out what dates are available and send me your information.

Brand New Website & Now Booking for February

Today I added another satisfied customer to my portfolio! Diane Alberts, a romance writer, asked me to create a new website for her and her fast growing collection of books, and today the project was completed. As is the case with these projects, there was lots of to-ing and fro-ing, but the site is now complete and Diane has let me know she’s very happy with the results. So much so, that she wrote me this glowing recommendation:

Lucy listened to what I wanted, and gave me all of it..but in a better version than what I’d pictured! I asked for beauty and simplicity, and she followed through. Her updates were frequent, and she never left me wondering if she was working hard on my site- I knew she was! I highly recommend Lucy if you want a friendly, knowledgeable, detail-conscientious web designer!

Check out the newly-updated DianeAlberts.com here!

In other news, I’ve scheduled several blog tours of late, and I’m now scheduling into February. So if you’re looking to run a blog tour for your new book, please contact me ASAP to make sure you get the dates you require! More info and pricing on blog tours here.