Book Writing Using Pages

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  • #2272802

    I have tried to follow the instructions under “writing a book”.
    Front page
    Chapters (list thereof with links thereto)
    Chapter 1 (actual writing)

    I’ve linked Chapter 1 to the Chapters Page, however, I cannot get the Chapters page to link to the front page or index page.

    Also, the other problem I have is – where is it supposed to be showing up on my website?

    I click on the links and it sends me to my “blogs” posts, I don’t get it. What am I doing wrong, please.

    Thank you with utmost respect, I’ve spent at least the last five hours creating the pages, writing and attempting to get them linked and showing up on my website. I’m very very frustrated.

    The blog I need help with is wendylgeiger.com.

    #2272920

    kokkieh
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    Hi there. The instructions on the support doc http://en.support.wordpress.com/write-a-book/ is for if you publish your chapters as posts. You appear to be publishing your chapters as pages. There’s nothing wrong with that, but you can’t follow those instructions exactly in this case. Also note your followers won’t get notified if you publish new pages, only if you publish new posts.

    The remainder of my instructions is for if you wish to continue using pages instead of posts.

    I see you also have posts on your site, so create a page titled ‘Posts’ or ‘Blog’ and publish it without adding any content. Then go to Settings ->Reading and set that page as your posts page (you currently have it set to chapters). If you don’t do this, readers won’t be able to find your posts, only your pages.

    Your Home page is currently set to what looks like your book’s title page. Is that how you want it or do you want the landing page to be something else?

    Then, you probably don’t need an Index and a Chapters page with your page-based setup, so delete one.

    The links won’t appear automatically on the Index page. You have to add them manually, regardless of whether you’re using posts or pages for your chapters.

    1) Publish a chapter on its own page
    2) Copy the URL of that page and insert it on your index page
    3) Update your index page after making the change.
    See here how to insert a link: http://en.support.wordpress.com/links/#creating-links
    You’ll need to repeat this process with every new chapter.

    Note that the Archive shortcode can only be used to list posts, not pages.

    Lastly, pages create automatic links in your blog’s menu. I’d suggest you create a custom menu so you can either prevent this, or group all your chapters under one heading, otherwise your menu is going to get very crowded. You can either group them under the index page, or create a blank menu label under which you can group them. Full instructions and tips on using custom menus here: http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/
    http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/custom-menus/

    #2273020

    I think I have gotten it right, now, but I’m not sure. Once I finish the book I’ve already started, can I begin another one?

    Did I understand you correctly, that I can categorize my blogs under headings like I did with my story so they aren’t just one long line of posts in a month?

    #2273044

    kokkieh
    Staff

    It looks good now. Great work.

    Once I finish the book I’ve already started, can I begin another one?

    Yes. Just create a new page for the new book and sort its chapters under the new page using the custom menu. You have probably seen that with the custom menu it’s easy to drag and drop pages where you want them, so just make sure you organise the new book the same as the current one and readers should be able to navigate it just fine.

    Did I understand you correctly, that I can categorize my blogs under headings like I did with my story so they aren’t just one long line of posts in a month?

    Your blog page (which you have now set as your home page) by default displays all your posts in reverse chronological order. However, you can also create category pages which groups all posts from a specific category under a menu heading.

    You can’t set a category page as your home page, so if you prefer not to have all your posts under home, rather set a static page as your home page (with a welcome or about message or something like that) and create category pages for your posts on various topics.

    See here for information on category pages. Read them in conjunction with the custom menu links I provided above: http://en.support.wordpress.com/category-pages/
    http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2010/06/30/posts-on-pages/

    #2273045

    Perfect, thank you so much for your help. I’m going to get this thing down if it puts me to the moon and back, I will learn. God bless you once again for your patience and kindness.

    with utmost respect and sincerity,

    Wendy

    #2273046

    kokkieh
    Staff

    You’re very welcome. Don’t hesitate to ask if you need more help.

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