Category: For Writers

Authors and Amazon’s Author Central

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I’ve noticed that several of my author friends haven’t taken advantage of the Author Centrals on Amazon, so I’ve decided to make a post to get you started on the right foot.

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that it is a bit of a pain in the butt to set up the Author Central profiles for each Amazon store and that it sucks that they don’t have them for all the different countries. But at least I can make part of the process easier for you.

Below, I’m going to list the Author Central links I have found and what options are available for the that particular countries Author Central.

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Authors and Events!

Are you thinking about going to a comicon or other events to sell your books? Then here’s some advice for you!

Don’t go into it thinking you’re going to make big bucks. Let’s face it; it’s more of an advertisement and way to build your credibility than a book sale. If you have several books for sale you might get lucky, but this would be the exception.
In order to make your money back from the expenses I would suggest having things other than your books to sell. For example, I hope to have a small stock of handmade wood burnings to sell along with some other pieces, this way I can afford to go.

Another thing, don’t be afraid to ask another author to go in with you on a booth. Make sure it’s okay with the event organizers. Most will be fine with it if you ask nicely.

Things you should have/do:

1. Books (the obvious, I know)

2. Banner, poster with your book cover, or other insignia to draw attention to your brand.

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The Map!

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How was this map made you may wonder, well wonder no more! I made the map by starting with a rough sketch in pencil as I decided what I wanted it to look like. Then I drew it out a second time and went over it with pen after I made an outline box for that nice finished look. After that I looked back at my past calligraphy skills and pulled them out to play in teeny-tiny form as the entire map is on one sheet of sketch book paper. I practiced writing the words once then wrote it on the final map. A couple hours of work and I have a finished map!