Monday, March 16, 2015

Good News & Amazon Central Author Account

Hello, and Happy Monday! I promised some news on Friday. Last week, I got an acceptance (or re-homed, as I like to call it) for a short story, Know Thy Neighbor. It will appear in the April issue of Under the Bed Magazine. I believe it will be Vol. 3, No. 7. I'll post the cover and purchase information on Monday, April 6 (release date is April 4.)

By Prawny, clker.com

Sadly, the piece I reported as having been shortlisted was rejected, but I've turned it around and re-submitted elsewhere. Still, the more things get shortlisted or receive personal notes with rejections, the closer I feel to my goals.

Speaking of goals, I hadn't set up an Author Central account with Amazon, because I thought the fact that I wasn't "tagged" or listed as an author on the anthologies I was in meant I couldn't have them credited to my name. (By listed as an author, I mean the top of the Amazon page under the title where authors are listed.)

However, when visiting the page for Of Mist and Magic, I noticed that someone not tagged/listed at the top of the page was showing up under the "More About the Authors" section that appears under the reviews. A short investigation showed me that someone could create their Author Central account and add books they're published in as long as they can prove they're in the book. Happily, most of the books I have pieces in list the contributing authors in the book description, which made it easy. And the one that didn't, had the sample "Look Inside" availability, which included the index.

In one evening, I was able to set up my account. By the next day, the anthologies I was part of had been added to my publications. It was all quite simple! So I thought I would pass it along to those who may be like me, unaware that this is possible.

To set up your account, go to www.amazon.com/authorcentral. On the right-hand side, you will find a sign-in section, with a spot underneath that asks if you're new to Author Central. Click on that to create your account.


It appears that using your pre-existing Amazon account (as in, for me, the account I make purchases with) allows them to confirm you more quickly, as you already exist in their database. Because of this, I set it up under my personal email instead of what I consider my business email. That's okay, though. Not a big deal. But it might be for you, so head's up.

If there are names similar to yours, it may pull up accounts and confirm that you are or are not the person that account belongs to. What will happen if you are, I don't know. I wasn't, so I moved on past that point.

Once in, you will have the ability to modify your portfolio and add your books. There is a landing page that gives you tips on setting up your account, and has tabs that lead you where you need to go. You can add several photos (I just have one of my headshots there now) and a bio, plus you can link to your Twitter account and blog.

There is a "Books" tab, which is where you will select "Add Books" and begin that process. There are options that allow for sole authorship, being part of several contributing authors, and various others. The process is fairly smooth and simple. Do each book separately. You'll want to include proof that you are in the book if it isn't solely under your name. For me, that meant directing them to where they could see it on Amazon itself, but if my name hadn't been visible on Amazon, it sounded like they would have allowed for referring them to a website or the publisher for that proof.

When all this information is plugged in, you'll find you have a lovely profile page that shows your bio, photo(s), linked information (like tweets and blog posts), cover images, and links to each of the books. You can view mine HERE.

I'm looking forward to discovering how linking to a magazine I'm published in works. I'll find out in April!

I'm limiting my information about Author Central to the basics, as I'm certainly no expert. Mine was just set up in February, and other than adding in the basic information, I haven't had the opportunity to do much with it yet. Feel free to link to your Author Central account in the comments, and to offer any tips or information you know about using your page.

Do you have your Amazon Author Page set up? Any tips or tricks you want to share? Do you post yours in bios or include in submissions?

May you find your Muse.

26 comments:

  1. Congrats on the new acceptance. I do have an author's page and use it to quickly check book rankings but I should link ot it more than I do.

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    1. Thanks! I'm just not sure when to link to it.

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  2. Congrats on the acceptance indeed. I have my account all set up at my feed

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  3. Congratulations on the acceptance!
    Glad you have an Amazon page now. Soon it will be full of book credits.

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  4. There's nothing more exciting than an acceptance of something you've written. I'm very happy for you, Shannon.

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  5. Congratulations on the acceptance!!!! And for being an official Amazon Author! :D

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    1. It was probably more exciting than it should have been, ha!

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  6. Yeh on the acceptance! I have an Amazon Author page, but I really do need to do a bit more with it.....

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    1. It's figuring out what to do with it that's tricky.

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  7. Congrats! Great info on the Author Central. Mine was a breeze to set up.

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  8. Congrats on the acceptance, and cheers to that good info on Author Central! When I set mine up, I just kinda had to fumble through it. I wish I would have had this. I didn't even have the blog linked up there for months.

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  9. It won't always let you add publications you're printed in. I've been told on more than one occasion that I can't be included as an author because I'm not -the- author. It really seems to be dependent on whom you get doing the verification.

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    1. My secret, then, is to do it in the middle of the night!

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  10. Good to know. I thought things like that happened automatically. Perhaps traditionally published authors have agents that do that? Hmm.

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    1. I'm not sure, but that's a good question.

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  11. Congrats on your short story acceptance, and good luck with your resubmission! I did set up my author page, but I'm sure there's more I could do with it. Thanks for all the info!

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    1. That seems to be true for a lot of people. Now to figure out where to use it!

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  12. Congratulations! I don't do much at all with my Amazon page. It's there, and I really should update the photo. *LOL*

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