If you are an author, have you within recent memory checked all your book website pages and your book presence on other sites for how accurate the information still is? If not, perhaps it is time for a little fall cleaning.
I’m in the midst of this undertaking, and while it is time consuming, the deeper I get into the task the more I realize this has to be done. (My tasks include replacing an email address that is no longer active and inserting the new subtitle for the original subtitle on my novel MRS. LIEUTENANT.)
Fiction Marketing Site
Award-winning author Carolyn Howard-Johnson and I created a shared site Fiction Marketing (www.fictionmarketing.com) several years ago. As we both became busier and busier, we let our attention slip from this site. Now we are re-visiting the site and updating the information because we realized there is good info on the site for other authors. (Particularly note the excerpt with information about blogging for authors.)
Amazon Author Central
UPDATE: I just checked my Amazon Author Central profiles and they have reverted to the original format. I have no idea what is going on.
While working on the fiction marketing site, I happened to visit my three Amazon Author Central profiles (for fiction, YA, and nonfiction). Lo and behold, Amazon has changed the format of these pages — and for the better! No longer is the bio info at the top and the books lower down on the screen. The books are now top and center.
This is particularly advantageous for me so that, because of the different titles top and center instead of the same bio, people can immediately tell whether they are on my fiction, nonfiction, or YA Author Central profile.
(If you are an author with books on Amazon and have not yet signed up for your free Author Central profile, do so now. For authors based in the U.S. go to http://authorcentral.amazon.com/)
Other Book Marketing Opportunities
These are exploding around us all the time. For example, Amazon has been rolling out more and more Amazon country sites that now offer the unlimited monthly book borrowing subscription service — Kindle Unlimited — in addition to the one ebook a month Amazon Prime members can borrow. (Note that not all ebooks on Amazon are enrolled in either or both of these programs.)
If you don’t yet know about this monthly subscription program, click here to read the blog post I wrote when Amazon first introduced the Kindle Unlimited service in the U.S.
Meanwhile, in the updating of my book information pages, I’m adding an offer for a skype call with me for any book group or high school class discussing one of my books. Thanks to all the available tech options, we authors can now engage in meaningful ways with our readers around the globe.
For my Vietnam-era novel MRS. LIEUTENANT: I include book group discussion questions and a high school lesson plan on my book website at www.mrslieutenant.com — and I’d also love to speak with high school classes who are reading my teen book HOW TO SUCCEED IN HIGH SCHOOL AND PREP FOR COLLEGE. Email me at email@example.com to arrange skype calls.
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Phyllis Zimbler Miller (@ZimblerMiller) is the author of fiction and nonfiction books/ebooks, including TOP TIPS FOR HOW TO PUBLISH AND MARKET YOUR BOOK IN THE AGE OF AMAZON and the romantic suspense spy thriller CIA FALL GUY, as well as newly written books not yet published. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org