How to Optimize your Book Page on Amazon

Awesome article on how to set up your Amazon Book page. Must Share! Thanks for the great information!

Nicholas C. Rossis

This post is based on an article I helped write for SearchNurture titled How to Hit Your Target ACoS on Amazon.

Optimizing your Book Page

Toasters book page on Amazon | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's bookAmazon is, in effect, a giant search engine of products. To ensure that your book shows up first, you must target specific keywords both organically (i.e. based on your product description) and through Ads. However, no matter how successful your Ad is, all it can accomplish is lead shoppers to your product page. It is up to that to convince them to buy your book.

Ideally, everything on your book page will be tailored for your target audience. Let’s take, for example, my book, A Heaven for Toasters. I want shoppers searching for “sci-fi crime romance” to buy my book. What can I do to make sure they do so?


Start with your page title. Think of it as a hook. Let…

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…authors bashing other writers’ work?… how very dare they!…

Must share this one! Thanks Seumas!

Seumas Gallacher

…the other day, I read a post from my Facebook friend, the wunnerfully prolific Authoress, m’Lady, Charity Parkerson, in which she shared her annoyance at seeing some authors viciously ravaging other scribblers’ books…

…I am solidly in her corner with that sentiment… since the beginning of my own journey ten years ago into the magical mystery tour that constitutes an Author’s lot, I’ve been the recipient of fabulous support for my novels from other writers… I learned the tenet immediately that I am not in competition with other penspersons… the readership WURLD is large enuff to accommodate most of the production from our collective efforts… better it is then, by far, to encourage my fellows-in-print… very few books are written in less than months – sum’times it takes years, all of which absorbs the traditional sweat, angst, and tears and a large chunk of an author’s life… I…

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Where have you been ?The Volcano Lady is missing!

Yay! The volcano lady is back with some excellent advice!

The Volcanolady's Blog

Relax … I’m right (or write) here.  But yes, it has been a very long time since I’ve sent out a post.  Mea Culpa.  Ambo te ignosce me.

For someone who can’t shut up in real life, you would think I’d blog early and often.  Alas, life has gotten in the way: some of it good – much of it not.  It is difficult to deal with a world full of animosity and politics, daily horrors in the news, and troubles with family and work, yet still create.  I know I’m told over and over that it’s the creativity that will dispel the ennui.  While that may be true, reality tends to muck about with that concept.

So … what do you do?  You can a) just get over it and move along (I’m way too high strung to do that – my off switch doesn’t respond to sudden prodding,)

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The Clockwork Oracle is live!

Must reblog! Go Adelaide go!

BJ Sikes, author

My latest story, “Prophecies of an Electric Man,” has been published! This short novella appears in The Clockwork Oracle, an anthology released by L.E.G.

The Clockwork Oracle Cover Concept.graffleThe Clockwork Oracle Amazon listing is live.

My story in The Clockwork Oracle is set in the world of The Roboticist of Versailles. The main character (the Roboticist of Versailles herself) is Adelaide Coumain, one of the leads of The Archimedean Heart. This is my fourth story featuring her. I love Adelaide. She’s definitely got a lot of me in her. She is a lady-scientist in a field dominated by men so she has to push back to not be trampled.

In this story, Adelaide is still trying to get her Automated Dauphin to function and the appearance of a stranger with a mysterious device diverts her in a new direction.

I will have paperback copies of The Clockwork Oracle for sale at Clockwork…

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…Authoress friend, Dorothy Anne Spruzen, illustrates how easy it is to misuse ‘period’ WURDS…

Excellent post! Must share (and remember to use surgery instead on doctor’s office!

Seumas Gallacher

…today’s Guest Blog is by courtesy of my dear friend, Authoress, Dorothy A. Spruzen… an erudite piece on writing, from a spectacularly insightful scribbling lady… enjoy:

Welcome to you all, and thank you for having me. Seumas invited me to write something for his wonderful website, so I thought that I would share some of the tips I pass on to my creative writing students concerning historical research for writers of fiction. I know some of you are readers rather than writers, but I hope this will nevertheless prove interesting.

I’m not going to give a discourse on how to perform historical research in the broad sense, but rather to point out some of the ways in which one might avoid embarrassing little blunders. Some reader, somewhere will pick up your errors with a malicious sense of glee and self-congratulation.

For me, and I think for most people, if…

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The Ultimate Flowchart to Using Apostropes (Infographic)…

Awesome infographic on apostrophication!!!

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By Leigh Anderson  on LifeHacker site:

For some of us, grade-school grammar lessons haven’t stuck. I managed fairly well with my trusty Elements of Style until pretty recently, but the ongoing assault on grammar that is the Internet occasionally shakes my confidence. (Every time I want to type rein, rain, or reign, for example, I need to close my eyes and meditate for a moment.)

If you’re one of those people for whom grammar and punctuation don’t come easily (or aren’t a native English speaker), this handy flowchart from will come in handy: It will help you navigate all the questions that determine whether you need an apostrophe or not, from the big (Are you making something possessive?) to the small (Is it a single-letter word?).

Continue reading and see the Infographic HERE

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When it feels right but is … wrong. #writing #indiebooks

Awesome post about the indie writing life. Must share!

M T McGuire Authorholic

This week: you have another opportunity to benefit from the vast store of wisdom I have earned by royally fucking things up so that you don’t have to.  

It started like this.

Wednesday; visit the parents day, and this week I arrived in extremely dire need of a wee. It is fairly usual that the pint of water and two cups of coffee I need to kick start my day turn into about five pints by the time I’ve driven fifty miles or thereabouts and I drive the next ninety in some agitation. This Wednesday was no exception.

At Mum and Dad’s the downstairs loo is just off the lobby before you go into the house proper and I usually use it before I announce my presence, otherwise the ten minutes of hellos can be a bit excruciating for my poor bladder. Into the loo I rushed, and breathed a…

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Book Signings: So Much More Than Selling Books

Really good information here… Have to share! Thank you Chris!

Kobo Writing Life

By Chris Mandeville

The Author Book signing: you sit behind piles of your gorgeous books, surrounded by adoring readers who buy your books and have you autograph them. Awesome right? But unfortunately not always realistic.

Unless you are very famous, book signings can be dull affairs where the author sits alone twiddling her thumbs, smiling nervously and hoping someone will stop to chat. When someone does stop, it’s indeed awesome to connect with that person, even if they don’t buy a book. But frankly there can be a lot of time spent sitting alone.

Before a signing I find myself anticipating this “alone time,” and not in a good way. Normally when I have a quiet moment to myself I use it to write or brainstorm. But at a signing I can’t be writing or lost in thought because I won’t look inviting and approachable to potential visitors, and those…

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9 Ways To Avoid A Humiliating Public Failure At Your Book Signing Event

Excellent ideas on book signings here here, from Dan Alatorre’s blog… Have to Share!!!

Dan Alatorre - AUTHOR

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You finally worked up the nerve to ask a real, live bookstore to have you sign books at an event!

Okay, you emailed them.

But they replied and now you have a signing event! Woo hoo!

Uh oh…

A real live event.With people.

Or worse, maybe with NO people.

I can hear your heart pounding from here. You’ve heard horror stories about signings. Nobody came. Nobody bought a book…


It can happen even if you DO plan. So what do you do? After all, for the most part you tend to be humiliation-averse.

Good thing I was here!

I have 9 tips for what you need to make your signing a hit, plus some bonus tips for before and after the event, and a few planning/social media suggestions.

The biggest thing to…

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Here’s something else you don’t know about author events and signings

Wowza! Awesome post. Even after working retail for six years, some of this is new and terrific info. Madly scribbling notes for the next signing… Have to share! Thanks for writing this one,Dan!

Dan Alatorre - AUTHOR

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When you finally get up the courage to do an author event in person, you want it to be successful.

That’s a pretty big leap, I know. Most of you like the idea of an event but don’t necessarily want to do one yourself. You would much rather stay in your happy place and not stick your head out of your burrow. 


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But here’s the thing you don’t know…

When you have an event, you are kind of the master of ceremonies. You are the main event. The show.

And as authors – many of whom are introverts – the idea of being the main event of the show is pretty much the opposite of anything good you ever want in life. When you look at a list of how authors describe Hell, that would probably be among the first things on…

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