Tips for Beginning Authors- Setting Up Author Pages
Have you recently published a book? Are you trying to get it off of the ground? Here are a few important steps you should take to make it easier for readers to find you!
First you will want to set up your Author Central Account on Amazon. This links your book with you, lets you add details about your book, and lets you sign in to shelfari as an author to list your book there. Here is what my Amazon Author Page looks like.
First things first…
Get into your Author Central Account on Amazon.
If you have not already set up your author central account: In order to CREATE one you will need to go to your book page. Book Page
Find your name under the title, there will be a little orange V in a white box beside your name. Click on THAT v… a drop down box will come up and the link to sign up for author central is in that box.
Ignore all that nonesense above… they managed to change this within a WEEK! What the! lolol anyhow this is easier. Click HERE to be taken to the page to sign up for Author Central.
Edit your books
You will need to add your book to your Author Central Account. Once you have done that you can click on your book title and edit the product description, book details, and book extras.
Under this ‘book extras’ tab sign into Shelfari. Here you will be taken to your book’s page on shelfari. You can edit your book’s information, add your book’s cover, and even add character information! Here is my shelfari book page for example
MOST importantly make sure you go about half way down your book’s page and find the Authors/contributors section and add your name! Once you are approved as the author of that book you will be able to edit your author page.
Click on your author name once you are approved and add a picture of you, your website, bio, blog, etc! My Shelfari Author Page
You can also take the time to set up your account profile on Shelfari where you can add reviews to other books you are reading or even a list of books you want to read! My profile
Three different foreign amazon sites that will allow you to log in with your amazon password AND they have Author Central Sites!!! Your info from Amazon.com author central does not transfer over!
I normally use firefox but I found that google chrome will automatically translate the whole website for me. I just finished setting up my author central sites for these pages 😉.
Do not have author central sites that I have found… CN and co.jp require you to create new logins (atleast I think those were the ones 😉
Then head to Goodreads
Sign up for a profile and then follow these instructions to be approved as an author: Click here
If you can not find your book on goodreads… click here to add it!
Once you have been approved as an author you can search for your book and add the book cover, book description, edit the characters, and even add your website link! Another fun tool is to write up a quiz for your book!
Here is my book ‘Visionary From The Stars’ on Goodreads– you can see the quiz on the lower right hand side ;).
Also be sure to edit your author profile! Add your picture, your bio, your website and even your influences! Upload your book trailers and add any book signings or other events. You can also link your blog feed here too. This is my Author profile page for example
Now- Back to Amazon…
I am assuming you have already edited your book’s details. If not go back and do so in your author central account. Feel free to make key words italic, make names and titles bold to stand out, also feel free to create paragraph breaks instead of just one big paragraph. Check out my book’s description here for an example of what this looks like.
Tagging and Google Adwords
Tagging is something that Amazon no longer has available- HOWEVER these tips should also be used to add appropriate keywords into your About The Book section for search engine bots to find!
Click here to find google’skeyword idea tool through Google Adwords
Type something in to the search bar pertaining to your book. A list of suggestions will come up for keywords. The KEY is to find terms that are widely searched for (hint: higher the number the better) AND that have few books associated with them on Amazon.
Also add these tags and keywords to your website’s keyword’s list (probably somewhere in your website settings depending on your host) The hope is that Google will start to pull up your book in connection with this keyword… though I personaly have not seen it happen yet…
Anyhow… I hope these tips help you get your book pages set up and ready to meet your readers! Keep up the good work! And if you need any help with these sites feel free to comment or send me a private message through the ‘contact us’ form under Engage in the top navbar and I will be happy to try to help any way I can! 🙂