Amazon Author Central

To aid authors and provide more information about authors to readers, Amazon has what are called ‘Author Pages’. This is a place for a simple bio, an avatar icon, social media feeds (such as for blogs and twitter), and a full listing of books by that author.

As a reader I like them because I get to find out more about the author.

As an author they are a pain in the neck, at least, right at first.

First, Amazon does not set these up automatically. An author must sign up and verify who they are. Then comes the matter of populating the page with the author’s books.

The sequence goes like this:

  1. Find ‘Author Central’ website.
  2. Sign up and wait for Amazon to approve the account.
  3. Set up the preferences, including all social media feeds.
  4. Add all your books one at a time.
  5. Wait for the books as the feeds to show up.

And after the above come these steps:

  1. Manually add your book any time you have a new one come out.
  2. Find all the other ‘Author Central” links for the other Amazon sites.

You see, Amazon does not propogate your author page to the UK or the DE (Germany) websites.*1 You, the author, have to hunt down all these links, and do all the steps listed above to get them set up.

Like I said, a pain in the neck.

However, to help you, here are the links to the various Author Central pages. Be warned, for other countries you will have to create a new account, and for Germany you will need to decifer the page, as there is not an English option. Each site will not acknowledge the existance of your accounts on any of the other sites:

US: https://authorcentral.amazon.com/
UK: https://authorcentral.amazon.co.uk/
Germany (DE): https://authorcentral.amazon.de/

Is it worth the hassle? Yes. It provides information, is a great selling tool to help guide readers to your other work and social media platforms, and makes the author appear to be accessible.

Do I have all of mine set up yet? Sorry to say I don’t, but I’m working on it!

*1: I’ve seen a handful of authors say their accounts did propogate over. But I, and a lot of others, are not so lucky.

Ereaders Only For the Young?

Day 25 Wordcount: 515 (Mop Jockies and Fighter Pilots, Short Story #9)

Plodding ahead little by little. Working a long day along with a sick family member wasn’t conducive to any big writing sessions. Good news is that I have most of the story worked out in my head now. All except one detail right at the end. Hopefully that will come to me soon.

Now, on to other things…

I have a problem.

I have a book I want to read. It’s an exchange with another author who also writes science fiction. I’m looking forward to it.

The problem?

My mother, the woman who believes every computer in the known world has a personal vendetta against her read her first book on my Kindle.

I’ve practically not seen my Kindle since!

When I hear some of the complaining about how ereaders will never take off because people like the feel of paper, and older people just won’t make the switch after all these years, or ereader advantages are so few (and on and on and on) I laugh.

And laugh hard.

Because from personal experience in my family we know a different truth. Shall we make a list?

  1. Ereaders are easy on the eyes. I’ve heard story after story about the joy of reading coming back to older readers who cannot read the smaller and smaller fonts of the newer books. Mom had me adjust the font size up on my Kindle and now she can’t read enough.
  2. Ereaders are easier on the body. My mother’s hands hurt. It’s a part of aging for many people. I hadn’t known it, but she’d been having problems with her thumb and fingers in keeping a book open. That is not a problem with an ereader.
  3. Ereaders are light. No more lugging around several books, no more heavy tomes. One weight for everything you read.
  4. Ereaders save on space. Here is a device that can hold an entire library inside. My parents (and myself) have very limited space. Now instead of vital things for life being weighed against keeping a library of books, and yes books are that important to us, we don’t have to choose.
  5. Ereaders are easy on the allergies. Don’t laugh. For people like my mother and I, whom doctors have occasionally accused as being “allergic to the world,” this is a big deal. No mold spores, no dust collecting on the books and shelves, no smoking residue (if used) and so on. I’ve heard some say they will miss the musty smell of books. I won’t, and I know my allergies won’t.
  6. I’m sure other perks will come to mind later. In the meantime, it doesn’t solve the problem. We are a 1-ereader family at the moment. And it can’t stay that way for long unless we want World War 3 to occur on a small scale.

And so, a new cash envelope has been made with the words on the outside reading “Kindle!” and the first ten dollars dropped in. It’s no longer a luxury. It’s a necessity!

Are ereaders only for the young? No, definitely not. They have so many advantages to those of older years. Ebooks and ereaders (of various types) are only going to continue rising, even among those not always comfortable with newer technology. Because they are a tool to be used to regain important aspects of life.

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The challenge in question is the Forward Motion May “Story-A- Day” challenge. See my previous post about the rules. The goal is to achieve the 10 short story level.