19 May 2020

Setting up Amazon Author pages #AuthorToolboxBlogHop


Your Amazon page should be an important part of your ‘author platform’, as readers like to find out more about the writer behind a book – yet many authors are so busy writing they don’t have time to keep their page up to date. The good news is this only takes a moment once you have an Amazon Author account and at least one book published on Amazon. All you need to do is visit https://authorcentral.amazon.co.uk/ 
or https://authorcentral.amazon.com/ (US) and follow the instructions. 



You probably have a short author ‘bio’ and a suitable picture somewhere already. (I’ve seen research suggesting that readers like to see a picture of the author, so try to resist using a book cover, as I have seen some people do.) Readers can click on any of your books and be directed to the Kindle store where they can download the book in less than a minute. Also, any time you update your biography or 'claim' a new book through Author Central, About the Author will update on Kindle giving your readers access to the most recent information.


Make sure all your books are linked to the page

Amazon leave this to you as they can’t always be sure which are your books. Simply click on the ‘Add More Books’ button and search for books you've written by title, author, or ISBN and add them. While you’re there you can also click on any of your books to check and add information about them.


Copy and paste your details to the other Amazon countries

Unfortunately, updates you make to any Amazon site don’t automatically find their way to the other twelve countries – but all you need to do is copy and paste the bio and update your list of books and add videos when you have the time. (I use Google translate to understand the prompts on the non-English sites.)


Add your promotional videos

Promotional videos can bring your author platform to life and your Amazon pages are a great place to showcase them. Unlike some sites, you need to upload the video, rather than just add the YouTube embed code or link. You can ‘manage’ the order they are displayed and easily update them. I've had feedback from readers that they made the decision to buy my book after seeing the video, so they definitely work!


Create your personal Author Page URL

Your Author Page URL is an easy to share link to your Author Page on Amazon.com. You can use your Author Page URL in blog posts tweets. On your Profile, click add link next to Author Page URL. You can add any text up to 30 characters but it’s good to secure your author name before anyone else does. Check out my author page at this easy to remember url: Amazon.com/author/tonyriches


See 'Customers Also Bought Items By...'

And finally… under your bio you can see a list of other authors your readers are interested in. I find it helpful to see who these are and what I can learn by looking at their books:



If you have any more ideas on how to improve Amazon Author Pages please comment below



The #AuthorToolboxBlogHop is a monthly event on the topic of resources and learning for authors. Feel free to hop around to the various blogs and see what you learn! The rules and sign-up form are below the list of hop participants. All authors at all stages of their careers are welcome to join in.

11 comments:

  1. There are 12 amazon sites????? I knew there were a few, but 12??? lol, I need a minute. Thanks, Tony. Really helpful. I've got this bookmarked for the future.

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    1. Yes there are actually 13 Amazon sites, including your 'home' site: US, UK, DE, FR, ES, IT, NL, JP, BR, CA, MX, AU, and IN - a truly global platform for authors!

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  2. I'm always amazed by authors who don't have an Amazon author page. Why not? Free advertising in my opinion.

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  3. Great advise today about the Amazon author page. It's very helpful too when leaving reviews :)

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  4. This was super helpful! Vital for self-publishing I know. Thanks for sharing your insights!

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  5. Great post. I try my best to keep mine updated, but I never thought about the other 12 countries. TY for the reminds.

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  6. I was unaware of all the amazon sites. I need to check those out. Just recently found out about the author link. What a time saver!!! I have been putting up my trailers, but my last one was a tad too big so now I need to figure out how to get it below the magic 500. Drat, worked really hard on that one! Guess I'll drop the last slide and see what that does. BTW your covers are beautiful!!!

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  7. Thanks, Tony - a few things here I hadn't thought of!

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  8. Great tips! Thanks for sharing.

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