Quick Tips for Authors

I started this list for quick reference, and decided it might be helpful for others, so I'm sharing.

This is an ever-changing list.  

Amazon Quick Tips
Edit your blurb using Author Central instead of KDP under "Books/Editorial Reviews/Blurb/Edit"
Enter your book data using Book Extras on Shelfari
Add your blog to your author page using RSS feed
Use #addtowishlist and #addtocart on Twitter by connecting your social account to Amazon using "Your Social Settings"
Add carousel and slideshow widgets to your blog/webpage (You must first become an associate)
Share mobi files with collaborators by adding them (or having them add you) to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List under "Manage Your Content and Devices/Settings"
Follow these steps:
1. Go to Manage Your Content and Devices/Settings tab on Amazon.com
2. Scroll to Approved Personal Document E-mail List
3. Add yourfriendsemailaddress @email.com
4. Go to Manage Your Content and Devices/Devices tab and find your [your name] @kindle email address
5. Tell your friend your [your name] @kindle address for that device
6. Have them do the same process for your email address
Now you can send mobi files back and forth to your devices. Use this to send beta readers and reviewers non-sharable .mobi files. Also convenient to check your book's formatting.
Consider asking beta readers and review requests to sign a privacy agreement - sample
Twitter Quick Tips
Use Twitterfeed to connect your blog to Twitter
Use Roundteam to automate your retweets
Use Crowdfire (formerly Just Unfollow) to manage your followers
Target your sponsored ad by tagging similar authors
Facebook Quick Tips 
Add Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube tabs using Woodbox (free)
Link your Facebook page to Twitter (using Facebook)
Use the insights tab on your Author Page to see your traffic stats
Create an ad and target your sponsored audience by tagging similar authors in "Interests"
Share your sponsored ad to your page by using "Preview ad/View in timeline/Share to a page you manage"
Add collaborators as Admin on your page using "Settings/Page Roles"
Embed posts on your blog or webpage
Use the feature to invite people who liked a post to like a page, click on "liked by x and x others"
Hover over the name of people who liked your post to add them as a friend
Feature other pages on your page using "Settings/Featured"
Add a static page tab to your author page with an external link to a website (Amazon, your blog, Goodreads)
Send a group birthday card

Pinterest Quick Tips
Install a browser button for easy pinning
Check out more tips on the Pinterest Blog
Create an inspiration board for your book or series
Create secret boards with collaborators
Embed a board on your website or blog and other fun widgets
Ask readers to pin your cover to earn Rafflecopter/contest entries
Create a board for blog posts about your book
Follow and invite friends
Pin your cover from the ARe boards
Share your Pins to Twitter and Facebook
Pin your trailer and playlist from YouTube and Spotify
Considering going "safe" on all images you pin
Check other authors' boards for creative board ideas
Blogger Quick Tips
Link your blog to your Goodreads author page
(html works on Goodreads)
Consider using only "safe" images on your blog - Use Google images "Search tools/Usage rights" or Creative Commons
YouTube Quick Tips
Create an author channel and add trailers, podcasts, read from your book, create a playlist 
Follow your favorite authors on YouTube
Use the embed link to share your vid on Goodreads, Amazon, Smashwords, your blog, and your website

Goodreads Quick Tips
Export your shelves using .csv (for importing to Booklikes and other sites)
Link your blog to your author page using RSS feed
Link your reading updates to Twitter (Click on the arrow to the right of your profile pic in the header and click "edit profile". Then click on the apps tab and follow the instructions)
Add a Goodreads widget to your website and blog (edit profile/widgets)
Add Goodreads to your Facebook apps
Editing Quick Tips

List your books on these sites
Author's Info
Authorgraph - Use Authorgraph to promote a new release
eBook Universe
free book promotions


Coming Soon
Quick Tips for
Google Docs and Sheets (live collaboration on documents)
Google Adwords
Yahoo groups - MFRW
Stumbled Upon
Affiliate Programs

Most of these are free and can be done by chipping away at them one at a time. Some authors hire a personal assistant to help with task like this.
I personally don't recommend social media management tools, but you may find one that works for you.

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