Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Checking Your Passport: Profile

By Catriona Troth

Amazon Author Central

Once you have a book on Amazon, you will want to have an Author Page.

(For each country, you’ll need to create another version, by going to each version of Amazon. This excellent post by Karen Myers shows you how painless this can be.)


Sign in to https://authorcentral.amazon.com/using your KDP login. Follow the pretty self-explanatory instructions.

Note that you can add your blog to your Amazon.com Author Page, but not to the Amazon.co.uk version.

Facebook Author Page

A Facebook Author Page is a good way of keeping in touch with your readers, without annoying friends and family. People who ‘Like’ your author page can get news and updates about your books, appearances, reviews and insights.

Here is a guide: http://www.novelpublicity.com/2011/02/build-a-facebook-author-page-and-get-people-to-like-it-a-20-step-guide/

For more information, refer to chapter: Meeting People – Social Platforms. 4. Author Facebook Page.

Other places to gain author exposure:

- Goodreads (see Liza’s chapter on Making the Most of Goodreads)

- Indie Book of the Day: http://indiebookoftheday.com/

People’s Book Awards (you can nominate your own book): http://thebookawards.com/awards/

- EFestival of Words: https://www.google.fr/#q=EFestival+of+words+2013

- Writing Magazine Self Published Book of the Year Award: very reasonably-priced annual competition to enter, as opposed to most of the others, which are prohibitively expensive: https://www.writers-online.co.uk/Writing-Competitions/

- The Fussy Librarian: matches readers to the kinds of books they like http://www.thefussylibrarian.com/for-authors/

- Compulsion Reads: seal of approval and official reviews http://www.compulsionreads.com/

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