Do you write books in a series? Do your readers know that your book is part of a series? They want to know. They need to know. And, they need to have an easy way to access the other connected books.
Nowadays, there’s such a thing as a “whale reader.” Whale readers gorge themselves on books, and they tend to prefer books that are in a series because, like everyone, their time is valuable, and they want to invest that time wisely. What could be wiser than investing time in a character they will be able to continue to read about?
So it makes sense for writers to be wise as well, and attract whale readers by letting them know you have a series. But how can you do that? When publishing on Amazon’s platform, you’re given a wonderful opportunity to have your own series page, and it’s very easy take advantage of. Here’s what you have to do.
- When publishing with KDP, you’ll be asked whether your book is part of a series, and you’ll be prompted for the volume number. Please note that the field says this is optional. If your books are indeed linked in a series, consider filling in this information to be mandatory. And, if you’re like me and turn a novel into book one of a series after publishing, make sure you go back and fill in the information afterwards.
- Now comes the cool part. Once your book goes live, you’ll receive a graphic on your book’s product page just below the book cover. It’ll look like this.
- And, when the readers click on this graphic, they’ll be taken to a wonderful page that shows all of the connected books, a short blurb on each, pricing, and more. It’ll look like this:
The above image is an abbreviated graphic. If you have seven books, then all seven will show on the page. Isn’t that the coolest thing? So now, go to all of your books that are in a series and make sure you have them connected to a series page. Bear in mind that you will need to “republish” if you’re editing the information for an existing book, and this could take your title off the market for approximately 12 hours. The potential exposure definitely makes it worth taking the time to do this.
If you publish on Smashwords, they also have what they refer to as a “Series Manager.” You can read our tutorial for that here. That was written in 2013 – please let us know if anything’s changed.
Now go forth and get your books into a series page so whale readers can find them.