Sunday, November 3, 2013

10 Things to Add to Your Amazon Author Page

Example of a page of a well-known author.

What? You don’t have an Author Page on Amazon? Here are some of the key elements of an author page and why you should have one.
1. Complete your biography. Your biography should include something about how you started writing your first book and a brief history of any other publications. Also include a synopsis of your personal life. People are more likely to select books if they can relate to the author.
2. Include your entire bibliography. Once you’ve written more than one book, make sure you include every publication in your list and each edition. One reader may select additional books once they’ve read one. Also, different people will read different formats, so make sure hard cover, soft cover and ebook versions are all represented.
3. Upload photos. Again, this goes with the personalization of your page. Since many people are very visual, having your photo helps them relate to you and your story.
4. Upload videos. Make sure to read Amazon’s rules regarding videos and include a few for people to get an idea about your books.
5. Connect to your blog. If you write a blog regularly, make sure to connect your page to it. It’s another way to
6. Include professional reviews. When you receive reviews of your books, make sure to include them on the pages for your book.
7. Moderate Book Extras. Shelfari is a public forum for readers to write additional information about the books they read. If certain fields have been filled out, this tab will be available on Kindle editions and make quotes, plot summaries and character listings among them.
8. Announce events. You can list in person and online events on your author pages. Just another way to make sure your readers know how to connect with you.
9. Connect with Twitter. The more ways you can connect with your readers, the better. If you have a twitter account, make sure to include it here.
10. Create an Author Page URL. You can create a unique URL for your page. It is an easy way to link to your page from other locations.

Nancy E. Randolph operates Just Write Books, a publishing business with the tag line: Maine books by Maine authors telling Maine stories. Randolph quickly developed a reputation as a publisher of quality Maine books. An active community member along with two others she founded and serves as a member of the board of Save Our Swinging Bridge.Org to ensure the maintenance of the historic Roebling designed and built bridge connecting Topsham and Brunswick. She co-chairs with Cathy Lamb the Androscoggin Brunswick-Topsham Riverwalk project--building a 2K walking/biking intown loop. To contact her directly:

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