Here are 4 essential tips for authors and Amazon:
1. You need more than 84 book reviews (this is down from 101 … so good needs—still a book load to gather) before Amazon will recommend your book to other visitors in the section that says, “People who bought this also bought…” GO get them … ask and re-ask … it’s what you have to do
2. Book buyers will immediately start the judging of your book by the cover. Period. How your book page looks is your first priority. The best pages have a cover photo, a “Look Inside” feature, a description with lots of white space and bullet points, an author bio, a price that’s competitive with the page count, editorial reviews, and a professional publisher name.
3. Create a “real” sounding name for your publishing company. You do not want a company name that sounds like it’s you personally, the name of your company or your book title. or your book.
4. As soon as you have your book posted on Amazon, create your Author Central page. Do not wait on this. Author Central lets you write a longer profile. Import your blog onto your page, videos, other books, your social media links as well as other things to market that you can’t do with the standard Amazon profile. And super hot sauce: by clicking on the “Contact” page, you can get Amazon to call you if you need help … like in FIVE seconds. Love this feature.
Judith Briles is a book publishing expert and coach. She empowers authors and is the Founder of Author U, a membership organization created for the serious author who wants to be seriously successful. She’s been writing about and conducting workshops on publishing since the 80s. Judith is the author of 35 books including Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms (ForeWord IndieFab Book of the Year), Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers and a speaker at publishing conferences. Book #35 was published this summer: The How to Avoid 101 Book Publishing Blunders, Bloopers & Boo-Boos. Get your copy now.
Each summer, she holds Judith Briles Book Publishing Unplugged, a three day intensive limited to a small group of authors who want to be seriously successful. In 2017, the dates are June 22-24th. Her audio and workbook series, Creating Your Book and Author Platform is now available. Join Judith live on Thursdays at 6 p.m. EST for “AuthorU – Your Guide to Book Publishing” on the Toginet Network at bit.ly/PublishingShow .
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Author U is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the author who wants to be seriously successful. Monthly education programs delivered face-to-face and online, The Author Resource ezine, BookCamps and the annual Author U Extravaganza are tools designed for authors pre, during and post publishing of their books. Join AuthorU.org today.
If you are looking for FREE author and book coaching … call in to Judith’s Author Monday Mornings at NOON Eastern each Monday. The number is 218-632-9854; Access Code 1239874444 … have your questions ready–there’s a full hour to ask and listen