Hello SErs. Harmony here. As promised, here is part twenty in the post series dedicated to taking a step-by-step look at how to get your finished manuscript from your computer and on sale on Amazon in both ebook and paperback.
If you’d like to take a look back at the previous posts in this series, please click on the links at the end of this post.
So, here’s Part Twenty: How to create your Amazon Author page and using Author Central.
Every author needs an Amazon Author page. This is how your (gazillions of 😜 ) fans will find out more about you and browse the rest of the books on your bookshelf.
Amazon Author Central is where you can create and maintain your Author Page, including claiming books that might not appear on your shelf automatically, such as anthologies, etc.
To create an Author Central account, go to: https://authorcentral.amazon.com/ (for America) and click on ‘join now.’ Follow the prompts and email verification steps.
Just to make life easy, Amazon have made significant changes in the short time since I first penned this post, lols. So, it is likely to all be different again in a minute … arggh. However, this post will give you the basics with which to work within whatever the platform ends up like.
You did need to set up an ‘author central’ for other countries to show up on those sites. To be honest, I’ve only set up pages for the UK and the US. I haven’t gone through any of the other countries. The new-look ‘author central’–which I’m only just now seeing (!)–shows how your page looks on other countries. So, I’m being dangerous today and am assuming that now you only have to register with your Amazon country, and they’ll display in all the others. … Let’s hope so because that makes so much more sense 🙂
Once you have your account, use the ‘login’ option. The following page will load >>>
First up, you want to set up your profile. So go ahead and click on ‘Edit Profile’.
(Apologies you have to look at my muggins there, lols!)
In this section, you can write your author bio, link your blog (still to arrive on this new version), add videos, and load an author photo.
Once you’re done with that bit, you’ll want to check that all the books you’re in are on your shelf. So, go ahead and click on ‘books’.
If you don’t see all of your books listed, then click on ‘add books’ at the bottom of the list. (Make sure you’ve asked to see all your books, first.) You can search by ASIN or by title or by author.
Sometimes, this doesn’t work properly. If that happens, wait a moment and try again. If, after three tries, you still can’t add your book, then you will need to contact the KDP help desk.
From Author Central you can also check your sales rank and see all of your customer reviews for all of your books. (Which is a new feature I only just found, lols!) … Awesome, all your reviews for your books in one place! 🙂 … You’ll find lots of useful stuff under ‘Reports + Marketing’.
As I look at this revised platform, I can see that it is much more user-friendly. Yay! I can also see that various features are still in production. So it will be a case of ‘watch that space’.
That’s it from me for today. I hope you’ve found this post useful. I’d love to hear from you in the comments below, and I’ll see you all again on Wednesday, December 30th, where we’ll be taking a look at checking your sales reports and doing lots of other cool stuff from your KDP dashboard.
Past posts in this series:
Part 1 (Software for Writing) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-29t
Part 2 (General Formatting Necessities) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-29J
Part 3 (Ebook Conversion) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2ah
Part 4 (Paperback Formatting) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2eS
Part 5 (Image Software for Making Book Covers) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2gi
Part 6 A (Using Amazon’s Cover Creator Tool for eBook) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2gQ
Part 6 B (Making your own ebook cover to upload to Amazon) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2hQ
Part 7 A (Using Amazon’s Cover Creator Tool for Paperback) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2jY
Part 7 B (Making your own PDF book cover to upload to Amazon) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2kf
Part 8 (Setting up your KDP account) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2kF
Part 9 (An overview of your KDP Dashboard) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2lq
Part 10 (Uploading your eBook) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2pL
Part 11 (Previewing your eBook) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2qc
Part 12 (Editing your eBook): https://wp.me/p7OGru-2Aa
Part 13 (Uploading your Paperback book): https://wp.me/p7OGru-2Dz
Part 14 (Previewing your Paperback book): https://wp.me/p7OGru-2Kf
Part 15 (Your Book Descriptions and HTML): https://wp.me/p7OGru-2P2
Part 16 (Your Book Categories and Keywords): https://wp.me/p7OGru-2Pm
Part 17 (Your Book Pricing and Distribution): https://wp.me/p7OGru-2T5
Part 18 (Your Book Sales Pages): https://wp.me/p7OGru-2Yk
Part 19 (Linking your Various Book Editions): https://wp.me/p7OGru-2YI
To make it easy to browse back and forth, I’ve set all links to open in new tabs. As this series progresses, I will update the links for you so that each post includes links to all past posts in the series.
©Harmony Kent 2020
(If you’re reading this post on or after December 30th, 2020, then here’s the link for Part 21 in the How to Publish with KDP series: https://wp.me/p7OGru-2Ze. Please note, the link won’t work until December 30th, 2020.)