Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Your Books on Amazon Author Central

Happy Tuesday! I can see you made it through Monday, so that's promising. Today, we're going to dive further into Amazon Author Central. I'll give you some neat tips about your book(s) page(s) you may not have known about before, too. If you missed the first two posts on setting up an account and pimping your profile, check those out now. Ready? Grab those pens and notebooks and let's get going!

Go ahead and log into Author Central.

Navigate to the Books tab and click on a title to get to the book's page. You should have something that looks like this:

Yours won't have the green arrows, but I put those there so you know where I'm at on the page. Be sure you're on the Kindle edition of your book (see top, right-hand corner), because we'll get to the paperback here in a few, and I don't want you to be confused.

Let's go over a little bit of what you see at the top before we move on. There on the left, you'll see details about your book. These include the cover, title, ASIN, average review number, and sales rank. There's also a little, clickable link that'll take you to the book's Amazon page.

Right under the book are two tabs:

Be sure you're on Editorial Reviews, please. The other tab is just details. Feel free to click and look, but come right back afterward.

Since I want you to see what I see, scroll down until your page looks like this:

I haven't done anything with this book yet, so I'll be updating stuff as we move along today. Let's start with Editorial Reviews. This is a section for snippets of professional reviews you've gotten. Amazon doesn't allow those reviews to be posted to the book's page, so you have to go in and add them manually. You can also add reviews or pieces of reviews from folks you asked to read the book. M doesn't have any, so I'll be skipping that for now. If you want to add one (or more), click Add and put your info in the popup. Be sure and click preview and save!

Now we'll move on to Product Description. Here's a fun fact: If you update the product description on your Amazon Author page, the one on the book's KDP page becomes obsolete (doesn't show). So, a lot of folks put the description on Author Central, then go back and keyword stuff the description on KDP. I did it with I, Zombie, and I can verify the KDP page has no bearing on the book once the stuff is changed in Author Central. Anyway, fill this part out and save it.

From the Author is all about why you wrote the book or any research you did. It also could be a little personal note for your readers. Anything you want to say about your novel goes here. Be sure and save!

From the Inside Flap is what you'd expect to find on a hardcover. This can be an addition to the blurb, the blurb itself, or something about one of the characters. Your choice! I'm gonna talk about the theme a little bit. Be sure and save!

From the Back Cover is any testimonial you may have from other people, too. You can also put your blurb here if you haven't put it in the Product description above. I did a little expose on my status and put a short list of my available titles. Be sure and save!

About the Author is your bio. Fill it out! Be sure and save!

Now, go to the paperback version and do it all again. You can copy/paste content over if you like.

Here's my completed page:

Remember, anything you do here overrides anything you've done anywhere else. This is the holy grail of editing spots.

So, what do you think? Did you fill it out? What was yours missing?

Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!



  1. I cannot even tell you how valuable all of this information is. "Thank you" doesn't come near expressing my appreciation! I have a lot of work to do now...

    1. I've spent countless hours over there tweaking things :) You're welcome!!


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