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Publishing Notes

Occasional articles of interest to readers and authors about the publishing business.

Using Amazon Author Central

About Author Central

We think it is essential for authors to create a profile and an author page on Amazon. Easy to folllow instruction on how to do this from Amazon is repeated here. As the publisher we cannot do this 'for authors'.

What
you can do on Author Central


The Author Page on Amazon provides a handy place for customers to learn about you. Helping readers to get to know you is an effective way to introduce them to—or better educate them about—your books. On the Author Page, essential information about authors is displayed—including bibliographies, biographies, author photos, and even feeds to blog posts.

You use
Author Central to personalize the contents of the Author Page dedicated
to your books.

Here’s how to
start:
  1. Set up your Author
    Central account if you haven’t already done so.
  2. In Author Central, click the Profile tab. You’ll
    see sections for adding or changing your biography, photos, videos,
    speaking or other events, and blog feeds.
  3. Click the
    add or edit
    link next to a section. Instructions appear, along with space to add
    information.
If you don’t add information
to a section, that section does not appear on the Author Page. Sections
are always available in Author Central so you can add or change the
information later.

Getting an Author
Page for your books


The creation process for an Author Page starts as soon as you sign up for Author Central. It can take 3 to 5 days for the Author Page to appear on the Amazon.com site. You can begin adding content to an Author Page as soon as you sign up. Once your Author Central account is set up and approved by a publisher, changes appear on the Author Page within 24 hours of the time you add them in Author Central.

Adding
or changing content

Enrolling
your book in Search Inside the Book


If
you hold the copyright and marketing/promotion rights to your book and
would like to enroll it in Search Inside, you can enroll it
here
.

Linking to Amazon’s
Author Pages


You should link to the Author Page from your website, because we think the Author Page is a great place for readers to access all editions of your work. You can use your Author Page URL in your profiles on sites like Facebook and Twitter, or promote your Author Page using services such as Google Ads or Facebook Ads, subject to the policies of those advertising service providers.
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