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12 Tips for Your Professional Amazon Author Page

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kdp-select-controveryOnce your book goes live on Amazon you are eligible for an Amazon Author Central Account – and your very own web page on Amazon! Best of all: There is no advertising on your site, just a large image of your book(s), your reviews and your book’s description. 

Not only get your Amazon website a very high page rank, Author Central tools are very effective in marketing your books and promoting yourself as an author.

Use your Author Central page to provide more information for your readers: upcoming events, a complete listing of your books, more images and videos, your book trailer and even excerpts from your blog.

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How to Set Up Your Amazon Author Central Account
Amazon explains: once published, expect to receive an email from Kindle Direct Publishing announcing the news and inviting you to create your Amazon Author Central Account. Note your book’s ASIN enclosed in the email. You will need this to locate your book later and associate it to you as the author.  Just sign up for free accounts on both sites, and follow the instructions to set up your page:

Be the “Face” of Your Book:

  1. Add a professional author photo & biography
  2. Add all your books
  3. Add videos (e.g. trailers for your books)
  4. Add up to seven additional photos, e.g. you writing your books or scenes from your book
  5. Add images or graphics from your books content
  6. Add a biography – make sure to update it frequently
  7. List events, such as book readings or book launches
  8. Add your Twitter address so people can see your latest Tweet and easily follow you
  9. Set up the “Search Inside/Look Inside” feature
  10. Add an RSS feed, linking to your blog – a great way to get your blog in front of new people and encourage them to follow you
  11. View and edit the list of books you have written – the Amazon system doesn’t always get it right. If you have written more than one book, it will link your titles together, and allow your readers to find all of your work.
  12. Edit your product description and “about the author” section, add any professional reviews you have had.
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More Features
Track Your Sales – Find out where your sales are happening using the geographic location function and find out your Amazon ranking.
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One of the biggest advantages as an Amazon Kindle published Author is your own web page, complete with a URL, on a powerful Amazon website just for you!
You need a separate account, both for the UK and US versions of Amazon; you have to do everything twice, and be aware that the two versions vary slightly.
Amazon Author Central UK: http://authorcentral.amazon.co.uk
Amazon Author Central US: http://authorcentral.amazon.com

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to advertise your new book, specials, your KDP Select Free Days or the new Kindle Countdown Deals.

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5 Tips to Improve your Amazon Author Page

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One of the greatest benefits of selling your e-book (or paper book) through Amazon is the vast space they provide you to “advertise” your work. If you are a savvy author, take right away advantage of this marvelous opportunity of an author page and insert lots information about your writing and yourself as an author.

Look at it from the standpoint of a reader; which book would you buy: The one that shows just a boring cover, name of the author, and a very short introduction to the book – or the one which has:

  • a beautiful, appealing cover
  • an all-embracing editorial review
  • an interesting authors bio with a portrait
  • lots of customer reviews
  • a book trailer or interview video

So, what can you do to improve your appearance on Amazon and improve book sales?  A lot!
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Create an appealing book cover
Rule # 1 for your book cover on Amazon is NEVER to use a white background! White on white is barely visible and your book will not stick out, especially when you chose to have the text in black.
Your book cover should be:

  • aesthetically appealing
  • targeted to the book’s intended audience
  • represent the book’s contents
  • use a clean, readable font
  • use bold or complementary colors
  • use light on dark for dramatic effects
  • visit a bookstore to research book cover designs
  • test the cover in thumbnail size to make sure it looks good even if it is only one inch high/wide and the title should still be readable

An appealing book cover can be done through the use of software, if you are computer-savvy and creative / artsy – if not, better hire a professional, who is experienced in designing book covers and can provide a portfolio with samples from earlier jobs.
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Write a great editorial review
Write as much about your book as possible and use all the space you get from Amazon:

  • Editorial Review—350 characters
  • From the Author, From the Inside Flap, and From the Back Cover—8000 characters !!!
  • About the Author—2000 characters
  • See the detailed information on Amazon.
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Set up your Author Page
Helping customers get to know you is an effective way to introduce your books. Information you add on the “Profile” tab in Author Central appears on the Amazon.com Author Page. On the Author Page you can display:

  • books you have written
  • biography and up to 8 photos!
  • up to 8 videos!
  • a calendar of events, such as book signings
  • Latest Tweets
  • Most Recent Blog Posts

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The Author Page is a good chance to tell readers something interesting about yourself, make sure you include any details about your (writers) background, awards, other books you have written and personal details customers might want to know. Your author photo should be a professional, high-resolution image for quality display.

At the Author Central page on Amazon you get lots of free marketing help. Click the “Profile” tab, where you will see all these sections to add – or to change the information later. It can take several days for the Author Page to appear on the Amazon, so start right now adding content to your Author Page. There are lots of features for you to choose from:

  • Your Profile and your Biography
  • Uploading Photos & Videos
  • Managing Your Blog Feeds & Your Events
  • Uploading Book Images
  • Managing Editorial Reviews
  • Customer Reviews

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Get lots of customer reviews
From Amazon’s Tips: “Anyone registered as an Amazon.com customer is entitled to write customer reviews, including fellow authors and journalists. Reader reviews don’t carry across borders, so ask your friends to copy and paste their reviews to all of your Amazon sites (Amazon.uk.co, Amazon.ca, Amazon.fr or Amazon.de for example). Make it easy for them and provide all the direct links to your sites.
Customer reviews are in order from newest to oldest with the exception of “Spotlight Reviews” that are based on how well the review was written and how helpful it was deemed by our customers.”
(Hint: ask your friends to click on “helpful” at the best reviews of your book).
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Create a Book Trailer & Videos:
You can share your book trailer, video interviews, book signing videos or the new Google Search Story trailers with readers. Your video should focus on specific features of your book or your experience as an author. Hire a professional video maker to create your book promotion trailer and upload the video to YouTube and other video sites. To get an overview of the video production process and lots of tips and links for free images, free music and web sites where to upload and how to market your video, read: 111 Tips to Create Your Book Trailer.

Submit your video or book trailer to your own website, your blog or blogs of your friends, show it often on your Google+, Twitter, or your Goodreads site. Ask all your friends to spread the word and to re-tweet your video link or submit it to their Goodreads friends.
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You might ask why I write here only about Amazon’s author page: Barnes & Noble and Kobo don’t offer author pages! You can click on the authors name, but that brings you only to another sales page, where only the book appears – among a dozen or more books from other authors …

Amazon has more cool features to help an author get found. Use every bit of support you can get from Amazon, join the Kindle Forum to ask questions, get help and support from other authors and on blogs, and your book will be a success!

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5 Steps to Improve your Amazon Page – and Sell More Books


One of the greatest benefits of selling your e-book (or paper book) at Amazon is the space they provide you to “advertise” your work.  If you are a savvy author, take advantage of this marvelous opportunity and insert lots information about your writing and yourself . 

Look at it from the standpoint of a reader; which e-book or book would you buy: The one that shows just a boring cover, name of the author, and a very short introduction to the book – or the one which has:

  1. a beautiful, appealing cover
  2. an all-embracing editorial review
  3. an interesting authors bio with a portrait
  4. lots of customer reviews
  5. a book trailer or interview video

So, what can you do to improve your appearance on Amazon and improve book sales? A lot!

Appealing Cover
Rule # 1 for your book cover on Amazon is NEVER to use a white background! White on white is barely visible and your book will not stick out, especially when you chose to have the text in black.  Your book cover should be:

  • aesthetically appealing
  • targeted to the book’s intended audience
  • represent the book’s contents
  • use a clean, readable font
  • use bold or complementary colors
  • use light on dark for dramatic effects
  • visit a bookstore to research book cover designs
  • test the cover in thumbnail size to make sure it looks good even if it is only one inch high/wide

An appealing book cover can be done through the use of software, such as Bookcoverpro.com, if you are computer-savvy and creative / artsy – or hire a professional at Freelancer,  Elance, Fiverr,  or just get in touch with your local college / graphic design class to find a young and eager cover artist.
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Write a great editorial review
Write as much about your book as possible and use all the space you get from Amazon:
Editorial Review—350 characters
From the Author, From the Inside Flap, and From the Back Cover—8000 characters !!!
About the Author—2000 characters
See the detailed information on Amazon.

 

Your Author Page
Helping customers get to know you is an effective way to introduce your books. Information you add on the “Profile” tab in Author Central appears on the Amazon.com Author Page. On the Author Page you can display:

  • books you have written
  • biography and up to eight photos!
  • up to eight videos!
  • feeds to blog posts
  • a calendar of events, such as book signings

The Author Page is a good chance to tell readers something interesting about yourself, so make sure you include any details about your (writers) background, awards, other books you have written and personal details customers might want to know. Your author photo should be a professional, high-resolution image for quality display.

At the Author Central page on Amazon you get lots of free marketing help.  Click the “Profile” tab where you will see all these sections to add – or to change the information later.  It can take several days for the Author Page to appear on the Amazon, so start right now adding content to your Author Page. There are lots of features for you to choose from:

  • Your Profile and your Biography
  • Uploading Photos & Videos
  • Managing Your Blog Feeds & Your Events
  • Uploading Book Images
  • Managing Editorial Reviews

Customer Reviews
Anyone registered as an Amazon.com customer is entitled to write customer reviews, including fellow authors and journalists. Reader reviews don’t carry across borders, so ask your friends to copy and paste their reviews to all of your Amazon sites (Amazon.uk.co, Amazon.ca or Amazon.de).  Make it easy for them and provide all the direct links to your sites.

Customer reviews are in order from newest to oldest with the exception of “Spotlight Reviews” that are based on how well the review was written and how helpful it was deemed by our customers. (Hint: ask your friends to click on “helpful” at the best reviews : )

Book Trailer & Videos:
You can share your book trailer, video interviews, book signing videos or the new Google Search Story trailers with readers. Your videos should focus on specific features of your books or your experience as an author. Hire a professional video maker to create your book promotion and upload the video to YouTube and other video sites.

Submit your video or book trailer to your own website, your blog or blogs of your friends, show it often on your Google+, Twitter, or your FB site (ask all your friends to spread the word and to re-tweet your video link or submit it to their FB friends).

Amazon has more cool features to help an author get found. Use every bit of support you can get from Amazon, join the Kindle Forum to ask questions, get help and support from other authors and on blogs, and your book will be a success! 

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