Look who’s got a proper author page!

Actually, I now have three author pages…all part of my marketing ploy strategy. Here they are:

All complete with the new profile photo:

Ana Spoke official photo (2)

My previous profile photo took “profile” a little too literally. The new one was taken by my friend who just happens to be a brilliant professional photographer. Have a look at some other portraits taken by Rebecca Ramage.

Now, for some quick how-tos:

So, what do you do if you don’t have a photographer friend or a ton of money to spend on a pro? Try Starnow. It’s a website for all kinds of performance professionals – I’ve used it when I had aspirations of becoming an actor and have scored well over 40 film roles. I have also used it before to find a photographer – I simply posted an ad asking to collaborate with photographers and make up artists, and expressions of interest poured in. You see, photographers just starting out need to build their portfolios, so they are looking for models all the time. Spice up your ad by mentioning that you’re an author and watch your inbox explode! The cost is very reasonable, just a few bucks a month (I was on a 6-month subscription and it was $46 for the entire 6 months, the last time I checked. Don’t know how much it would be if you wanted just one month).

Creating Amazon’s page was easy, although you have to register separately with Author Central. For Amazon’s own guide, have a look at All About Author Central. Easy-peasy. There was, however just one little drama to report.

I wanted to link this blog to the page, but it turned out you can’t just use your URL – you need to use your RSS feed. Confused? I sure was. Thank God, it only took a few minutes to find this WordPress guide on RSS links. Don’t stress if the blog posts don’t appear on your page right away – once I’ve published a new post, they all came through.

Goodreads was just a bit more complicated. You can’t just sign up as an author – you have to sign up for a “regular” account first. If you are a first-time author, you will likely have a heart attack when you search for your book and find that it is not in the 300-million-plus database. Take a breath – you can add it, but ONLY AFTER waiting for about a day. You can, of course, send a crazed email to helpdesk, and they will do it for you after politely explaining the whole waiting a day thing. You will also have to apply to be upgraded to an author account and wait again for approval. Or send the crazed email, whatevs.

So there you go. I mean, go – get your Goodreads page started. Trust me, when the time comes, you won’t be willing to wait a whole day.


Filed under Self-publishing and marketing

61 responses to “Look who’s got a proper author page!

  1. EttaD

    Thanks for the tips and great ‘Author’s Photo.’

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  2. Your blog has been so helpful to me, as I am following a couple of months behind you. Thank you for detailing your steps!

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  3. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎊🎊🎊🎊

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  4. Congratulations and thanks for the useful pointers.

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  5. That’s a beautiful picture! Such a wonderfully resourceful post too. Thank you for outlining the ongoing process of publication. 🙂

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    • Thank you so much! I hope it is helpful this way – the huge task of getting a book published is so much easier to digest one bite of the time…anyway, I don’t have the patience to write comprehensive guides, so maybe that’s just my excuse!

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  6. xxalkos

    I can’t wait for your book on how to successfully market one’s first book


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  7. Congratulations Ana. Happy for you

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  8. Congratulations! You are such an inspiration ☺ Thank you for sharing your journey via this blog.

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  9. Great job Ana! And great picture too! You know what I think one of the hardest things about multiple “about” pages are? Updating all the information if one thing changes! So, when you get married, make sure you remember to update all three! 😉

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  10. Congrats!! You are really working hard. Beautiful pic by the way!

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  11. Wonderful! You look amazing. All the best! Great inspiration…You are! Yaz

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  12. Love the photo. Yes, it does look author-y, but that’s a good thing.

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  13. Ana, I can’t say how much I admire your ‘can-do’ attitude. You’re a wonderful role model for all aspiring authors. What’s more you are generous with the information you’ve discovered on the journey. Good karma.

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  14. Hi! Lovely photo Ana. You’re a couple of months behind me as my publication was in July, and it’s so interesting to follow your progress. Yes to all pages – I’ve found Goodreads Librarian section very helpful to stressed authors!! There are many Indie Author groups to join, it was overwhelming so much so they have bigger plans in the pipeline regarding making these easier to follow etc. And thanks for hint about RSS feed from WordPress which I’ve got to compete.
    PS I’m reading your book, it’s very funny!!

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  15. Congrats! Lovely photo. Great advice. 🙂

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  16. Congratulations on your author pages. One complication I came across with Amazon is that an author has to add information separately to their various author pages. I set up my author page on amazon.co.uk and asumed data entered there would automatically appear on amazon.com, however it did not and, to my shame I have not yet got round to populating the latter with the data on the former. Thanks for the tip about blog posts appearing on Amazon, I wasn’t aware this could be done (currently only my Twitter appears there). Regards. Kevin

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  17. El

    congratulations. 🙂
    I used to use Starnow before and it is very easy and useful.

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  18. Great blog! Thanks for the heads up on StarNow. I’ve got a semi-pro photographer in the house and I passed this along to him as a source to build out his portfolio.

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  19. As grueling as writing a book may get, even the thought of what comes after publishing it makes me feel apprehensive.

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  20. olivia barrington

    First ,what a lovely picture of you and perfect for your author’s page. Second thank you for all the info I will have all of it to refer to when I finally write my book and it won’t be so over whelming. I saw all of the great reviews and well deserved!!!!

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  21. Hey Anna..congrats on your book and thanks for stopping by my blog. You have so many interesting articles and I simply do not have idea where to start!! And you have such a lovely face!!!

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  23. Thank you for spelling out how to get an author page on Goodreads and Amazon. I knew I needed to and your post gave me the kick in the pants I need!

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