Before I talk about today's topic, yesterday I found out my email account had been hacked. A friend has received emails from me that I didn't send. As they used his Facebook name, which is an alias, I can only assume they may have hacked my Facebook account as well. I have taken steps to resolve this problem and hopefully no further bogus emails will be sent out. However, if anyone receives an email from me that doesn't feel right, please contact me.
Now for today's post.
Over the last few days I've been setting up author pages on Facebook, Goodreads, and Amazon, because I came across an author page for myself on Goodreads - it was automatically created when my name appeared as an author in the Tribute to the Stars anthology - and I decided I needed to have some control over what it contained. This then led me to Facebook and Amazon. However, setting up these pages has not been as straightforward as I thought and I'd like to share my experiences (so far) with you all.
Facebook was easy. All I had to do was create a page, add a few details, and publish it. After that I was free to promote it on my blog and on Facebook itself. There have been a few minor irritations, though. For some reason I keep flipping between my usual account and author page without realising. I might like a page as an author but it shows on my normal account and vice versa. There are some things I can not do on my author page, such as linking to another friend in a posting or show my Goodreads activity. I also believe there is an issue with being unable to change certain page elements once you received a certain number of likes. If anyone one knows more about this, I would appreciate some input.
Goodreads and Amazon are a different story.
For Goodreads I had to apply to become part of their Author Programme. If you already have a Goodreads account and they already have an author page for you, this is easy. Even if you do not have an account, it does not take long to set one up (for details on how to set up an author page, click here). After gaining approval, all I had to do was upload a profile picture, add a bio, link to my blog, and my page was completed. I then turned my attention to linking all the anthologies I have appeared in. This is where my problems began.
At present the only anthology I am listed as an author for is Tribute to the Stars. None of the others list the individual authors, just the editors and maybe one or two authors. This means I cannot link them to my author page. I searched Goodreads help section but could not find any reference to this problem. I posted a question in the Authors Feedback Group and quickly found out I have to post a list of the anthologies I need my name added to in something called the Librarians Group. I will let you know if/when the problem is resolved.
Unlike Facebook and Goodreads, I wasn't able to set up an Amazon author page straightaway. After starting the process here, I found I could not get past step two, confirming my identity. I am listed as an author for The Mysterious Dr. Ramsey, yet when it gives this as the option to confirm I am an author, it only offered me a choice of five of the contributing authors - none of them were me. Yesterday, I used the relevant help page to query this problem and also contacted them regarding the same issue I have with Goodreads - not being listed as an author for anthologies I've appeared in. They have responded with what I need to do to add my name to the anthologies and have set up an author profile for me, though it will not show for three to five days. I have to say, I was impressed at how quickly they responded.
Setting up author pages has so far been a frustrating process. However, I am sure my patience will eventually be rewarded. Do you have an author page for Facebook, Goodreads, or Amazon? Have you experienced any problems with them and if so, were you able to resolve them? As always, I would love to know your thoughts.