Claiming Your Book to Your Author Central Page Part 1

Recently I’ve noticed that a lot of authors have released a lot of books. My powers of perception are amazing, aren’t they? I know, I know, it gives me chills, too. In any case, another thing I’ve noticed is that authors with multiple books seem to have lost interest in their Author Central page. Their first two or three books will be listed, but then after that – those books are left to languish on their own without the comfort and camaraderie of the other books on that cozy Author Central page.

Claiming a book to an Author Central page is quick and easy. There are, in fact, two ways to do it. Allow me to show you how.

The first way (which I’m not convinced actually works) doesn’t even require you to log in to your Author Central account. Convenient. Just go to your Author Central page and scroll to the bottom. That is where you will see this:

Click “Add or remove a book” (to the left of the handsome yellow arrow). FYI – you need to be logged into your account for this to work. You’ll then get this screen:

Enter the ASIN number of the book in the little window, then click add. (Notice Amazon mentions that this is NOT the fastest way to get a book added – while it’s faster for YOU, it’s not for them.) Once you hit Add, the ASIN number will come up below, next to a delete button. If you’re ready to add that book to your Author page, just scroll ALL the way down to the bottom of that page and click “Preview your updates.” You will then get the following screen for your review:

I used The Count of Monte Cristo as an example since Dumas stole the idea from me. He was such a copycat. In any case, if the book you want shows under the title, go ahead and click “Submit your suggestions.” And you’re done!

Next week, we’ll cover the more complex but more reliable method of claiming a book to your Author Central page.

Meanwhile, study up. There will be a test. Here are some helpful links for you: Author Central Page Tutorial Author Central Book Edition Merge Tutorial

No, your book is not Linked to Your Author Central Page Author Central is a fantastic tool for authors. Don’t miss out on its functionality.

Author: K.S. Brooks

K.S. Brooks is an award-winning novelist, photographer, and photo-journalist, author of over 30 titles, and executive director and administrator of Indies Unlimited. Brooks is currently a photo-journalist and chief copy editor for two NE Washington newspapers.  She teaches self-publishing and writing topics for the Community Colleges of Spokane, and served on the Indie Author Day advisory board. For more about K.S. Brooks, visit her website and her Amazon author page.

13 thoughts on “Claiming Your Book to Your Author Central Page Part 1”

  1. I keep mine updated. That’s not a problem at all.
    The annoying thing is not being able to REMOVE an edition that keeps getting in front of your latest one. The remnants of old editions by publishers whose contracts have expired stay on longer than you’d like, and all Amazon can do is either remove all editions, or none at all. It takes literally years for old editions to move far back where no one can see them.
    If anyone can find a solution to this one, they’re up for a hug.

    1. I agree – that really is annoying! My older editions show up first, even though I terminated contracts with that particular publisher months ago due to multiple breaches of contract. My newly self-published editions get relegated to the second page. I did contact Amazon about it (after discovering my old publisher was still selling print editions months after termination – yikes). They said they would pass my concerns on to the development team because they know it’s a problem.

      1. Amazon is extremely sensitive to copyright infringement. I have two publishers for my first novel – one for the print version and one for the eBook. The print publisher decided out of the blue to put out an eBook version without my permission, in direct competition with the publisher I had a contract with. When I notified Amazon, they IMMEDIATELY took the unauthorized version down. I was shocked at how fast it was. Don’t know if that helps you – hopefully it does.

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