Part of the Indie Author Series
When you sign up for Kindle Direct Publishing to publish your book on Amazon, you’ll find almost everything you need from the menu at the top of the page. They make it easy for you to update your account information, add new books, and track your sales.
But one important piece of publishing on Amazon isn’t there—your author page.
Many authors make the mistake of leaving their page blank, but it’s a powerful tool for funneling readers to your blog where they can better connect with you and for letting them know about your other books.
Today I’m going to walk you through where to set up your author page and what you should put on it.
Step #1 – Sign Up
The first thing you need to do is go to https://authorcentral.amazon.com/ and join. Just because you have a Kindle Direct Publishing account does not mean you’re signed up for Amazon Author Central.Because the author of a book isn’t always the same person who uploads a book to Amazon for sale, Amazon set up Author Central as a separate page from where you keep track of your books.
Step #2 – Claim Your Books
Once you’re signed up, you’ll see these options.
Your Amazon Author Central account won’t be automatically linked to the books you’ve written. The first thing you need to do is “View and edit our list of your books” to claim your books.
You’ll be able to search for your books by title, your name, or the ISBN. Once you see your book, claiming it requires only a single click.
Don’t panic if your books don’t automatically show up on your author page after you’ve claimed them. It can take 24-48 hours.
Step #3 –Update Your Book Details
You can now update the details about each book by clicking on the title.
You’ll see these three tabs.
Under “Editorial Reviews,” you can add reviews from a book blog or from an expert, a product description, a note from you about the book, content from the inside flap (if your book has a hardcover version with a dust jacket) or content from the back cover, and an About the Author paragraph. If you wanted to add fancy formatting like bold, italics, or bullet points to your book description when you uploaded it but weren’t sure how, you can easily do it from this page.
“Book Details” are filled in by Amazon, so you don’t need to worry about this section (though for print books you have the option to “suggest product information updates”).
“Book Extras” allows you to add information about the characters, a synopsis, a summary, quotations, info about the setting of the book, a glossary, awards, and a discussion of the themes and symbolism. All of this is pulled from Shelfari, however, so you’ll need a Shelfari account if you want to fill this in.
Step #4 –Add a Bio and a Photo
Next to the BOOKS tab at the top, you’ll see a PROFILE tab. This tab allows us to tell our readers a bit more about ourselves.
Use the photo that you have on your social media accounts and your website so readers can recognize you instantly.
Don’t give your entire life story in the biography section. Readers don’t care about where you went to school or where you grew up. What most readers want to know about is your qualifications for writing the book and interesting facts about your life. They want a little peek behind the curtain.
Step #5 –Link Your Blog
On the right-hand side of my Amazon author page, you can see that Amazon pulls in a link and first paragraph from my most recent blog posts.
This is an important, yet often missed, element of the author page. You don’t actually want readers to stay on your author page. You want them to come to your website where they can sign up for your blog or mailing list and interact with you. They can’t build a relationship with you through your author page. You need to be sending them somewhere that they can.
Step #6 – Update the Events Section Regularly
Are you doing a book signing or other event (either online or live)? Make sure you add it to your author page and that you keep the Events section up-to-date.
If you don’t include your events, readers who might have wanted to attend miss their chance. If you let it get outdated, it can look like you don’t care or that you haven’t done anything new lately.
Have you set up your Author Central page yet? Do you have any other tips you’d like to share?
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