7 Tips for #Metadata Magic for Self-Publishers
By Betty Kelly Sargent, guest blogging on TheBookDesigner.com
posted by JOEL FRIEDLANDER on 9/29/14
image from http://www.thebookdesigner.com
“…if you are publishing electronically with #ebooks and/or #POD [Print On Demand, like CreateSpace or LuLu], almost the only way potential readers can discover your book is through the carefully selected keywords in your metadata.”
This article lays out how #self-pub #authors can “create specific, tailored-to-fit-your-book #metadata that can help your customer/reader slice through all the noise out there and find what you have written.”
“If you need a little help coming up with just the right #keywords for your book, check out: http://www.googlekeywordtool.com.”
image from http://www.digireado.com.au which also has a great article about metadata
I list the 7 Tips here, but you should go to the article (links below) and find out more about how and why to use these Tips.
- Story Elements
- Target Market
- Marketing Suggestions
- BISAC [Book Industry Standards and Communication] Subject Codes
“If you still need some help try going to http://www.Amazon.com/books and take look at how other authors of books in your category describe their work.”
“You can even narrow your search by going to http://www.amazon.com/kindle-eBooks and type in a descriptive word or two and see what other words pop up in the drop-down menu.”
The screenshot, below, shows the category rankings system in Amazon and how to “game” it for your book’s best sales and search optimization:
image from http://okdork.com
“The good news about metadata is that you can update it any time so you might want to go back and freshen yours up a little.”
“Betty Kelly Sargent
is the founder of BookWorks, and The Educated Author which will launch in January. She was Editor-in-Chief of William Morrow, Executive Editor at Harper Collins, Fiction and a Books editor at Cosmopolitan and is the author of seven traditionally published books and one self-published book.”
Reach Betty on Twitter: @BookWorksNYC and visit her site: http://www.bookworks.com/ Subscribe to her blog! It’s great!
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