An often overlooked, but important part of Indie Publishing on Amazon, is the Author Page. It’s up to you as the author to fill it in, put a photo, a bio, links to Twitter and your blog, and also videos if you wish. It’s free to have one, and it makes sense to take the time to fill it out because it’s another platform for people to discover you.
To fill it in, you have to visit a different website – Amazon Author Central. Unfortunately, you have to fill out the US page and the UK page separately, because they’re not linked! So here it is, step by step:
Visit authorcentral.amazon.co.uk and sign in using your Amazon account.
Click on Author Page, where you can upload photos, videos (unfortunately they don’t allow links to YouTube, you have to upload the original video from your computer) and a biography and your Twitter feed. You can also add upcoming events too.
Your behind the scenes will look like this when you’re done:
Then your page on Amazon will look like this (depending on how many books you have of course!)
From the main menu, you can then go to Books, and if Amazon hasn’t already assigned your books to you, you can add them here.
Then you can check your sales stats and see all your customer reviews by clicking on the other two buttons on the menu.
Visit authorcentral.amazon.com and sign in using your Amazon account.
Then click on the Author Page:
It’s very similar to the UK page, except that you can add a feed to your blog as well. And you can choose a custom URL for your page. But I would recommend getting a Universal link from Booklinker for your author page.
The behind the scenes will look like this:
And then your page on Amazon will look like this:
A feature I love about the US page is the Follow button. This means readers get a message when the author releases a new book, which is a handy little tool.
I hope you found that helpful, it’s very simple and straightforward, but definitely worth doing!
Michelle is the author and publisher of 10 Visionary Fiction novels, all available on Amazon in paperback and on Kindle. She spends her days helping Indie Authors to publish their books, taking photographs of mushrooms and making gluten-free cakes.
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