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For many people, KBoards is the go-to place for finding author services like Editors, Cover Artists, Publishers, etc. We've maintained a list of resources over the years in our Yellow Pages.

Today, we are launching a completely new Yellow Pages for author services - and we've expanded it to include reader services as well.

This replaces the forum-based list of Yellow Pages services that we previously used. (Don't worry: if you had a service on that listing, we've migrated it to our new Yellow Pages.)

Here's the link:
http://kboards.com/yp

The page initially comes up with a randomized list of all services. From there, you can filter the list by type of service, and sort it.



Here are the different types of services that the list contains:



...and note we've added a reader service for Book Recommendations:



So how do you get your service listed in our Yellow Pages? It's easy, and completely self-service. Just click the link at the top of the Yellow Pages ("add or change your service info"), and you'll be taken here:



*Special note: our YP has a lot of editors and cover artists... and to date we don't have many services in other areas like: audiobook services, video trailer production, printing, software, and author website design. If you use these services, please pass this tip along to those service providers -- for them to add themselves to our Yellow Pages!

Some features and benefits of our KBoards Yellow Pages:
  • Completely self-service; no waiting for requests for adds or updates!
  • It's the only online Yellow Pages for authors/readers that has links to Discussion Threads about each service. See what other customers are saying!
  • You can provide a logo (about 200x200) to distinguish your service.
  • Easy and consistent ways for prospective customers to contact you, with links to: website, discussion thread, email, or KBoards Personal Message (PM).
  • We provide you with a link to your Yellow Pages listing, that you can include in your own website or forum signature. (The link code is on the right lower side of the setup page.)
  • You can have multiple services listed.
  • Once you have added one service, you can duplicate it to create another similar one. For example, you might want to copy your Editing service information into a new entry for your Formatting service.
  • Secure: only you can update your Yellow Pages listing.
  • You can provide a full-sized (728x90) banner which will be displayed directly below your listing.

Finally: a warmhearted thank you to our dear friend Jeff, who maintained our previous Yellow Pages for a long time, up until his passing earlier this year.

P.S. If for some reason you want to view our previous Yellow Page listings, we'll keep them around (unmaintained) for a few weeks, here: http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,123703.0.html

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FAQ

Yellow Pages: (http://kboards.com/yp)

Q. How do I use the Search function?

A. Just enter a search term and press the "search" button. Note that this only searches within service names (e.g. "Karen's Editing Services"), not descriptions.

Q. I see a service in the Yellow Pages that does not appear to be active anymore.

A. Let us know about it by posting in this thread. Thanks. We want every service listed in the Yellow Pages to be actively supported.

Q. I see a service in the Yellow Pages that I think is disreputable!

A. That is one of the values of the Discussion Thread link in each listing. If you want to check out a service, or comment on a service, go to its Discussion Thread. That's the best way to vet out the professionalism of a service.

If a service is particularly egregious, or clearly violates Amazon's TOS, we will remove it from the listing. Comment in this thread to tell us about those.

Q. I know I have to be a KB member to add an entry in the Yellow Pages... but is it only viewable by KB members?

No - the Yellow Pages are viewable by anyone, whether they're a KB member or not.



Setup Page: (http://kboards.com/yp/setup.php)

Q. Can I put special characters in my "name" listing to affect the sort?

No.  The sort feature is only valid if it uses the actual business name.  Please do not add special characters such as asterisks or other characters, or leading spaces, or words not actually in your business name in order to change the sort order, thanks!

Q. Why can't I enter HTML into the description for my service?

A. We don't allow that for security reasons. Also, it keeps the description area somewhat consistent, by preventing people from using extra-large font sizes or garish colors.

You can use simple mark-up in your descriptions to make bold and italics: use [b] and [i] tags for that. You can also include web URLs, such as a URL to your Facebook page. But put those URLs right in the text, not in the form of an HTML anchor tag.

Q. Sometimes I see a backslash in a field on the setup page.

A. You can ignore those. They won't be displayed on the Yellow Pages listing itself.

Q. I have a Yellow Pages listing, but when I click the "edit" link, it tells me I don't have access.

A. First, make sure you're logged into KBoards. If you still can't edit, it's likely because someone else added the Yellow Pages entry. Post in this thread to tell us about it and we'll get it sorted out.

Q. I'd like to have multiple people (e.g. my staff) be able to edit my Yellow Pages listing.

A. Sorry, that is currently not possible. Each Yellow Pages listing is linked to a single KBoards account.

Q. I have a Yellow Pages listing, but I can't edit it anymore because I've been banned from KBoards!

A. Sorry, there's no workaround for this one. We only ban repeat offenders, so take care to respect our moderator warnings and avoid being banned in the first place.

Q. I'd like to add a service, but I don't want to have a Discussion Thread in the Writers' Cafe.

A. You must have a discussion thread. This is one of the distinctive features of our Yellow Pages, both for service providers and for customers. Encourage your customers to comment in your discussion thread.

Q. Can I set up a Yellow Pages service entry without being registered as a member on KBoards?

A. No. We use KBoards forum security to manage the Yellow Pages editing process.

Q. The banner in my Yellow Pages listing looks squashed / stretched / scaled.

A. Check the dimensions of your banner graphic. Banners, which appear directly below your listing, need to be in standard size, which is 728x90 pixels. If your graphic has dimensions different than that, we resize it to display as 728x90.
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Re: New! KBoards Yellow Pages -- for author (and reader) services
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2014, 08:34:42 AM »
Bumping this, as we just moved the announcement thread from our Admin forum into the Writers' Cafe. We've been developing and testing this for the past few weeks. Would love your feedback on it -- thank you.
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Thanks, Harvey!  This is a great, great tool for service providers *and* customers!

I'm one of those folks who's got an ad you pulled in from the old Yellow Pages, and I'd like to make a slight tweak.  (My prices have changed to $.003/word for proofreading and $.004/word for copy editing.)  Can you make that adjustment for me?  Or is there some way you can give me access?

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Fantastic. The old yellowpages was a bit overwhelming so I'm sure I'll be making a lot of use of this... along with everyone else.

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Thanks, Harvey!  This is a great, great tool for service providers *and* customers!

I'm one of those folks who's got an ad you pulled in from the old Yellow Pages, and I'd like to make a slight tweak.  (My prices have changed to $.003/word for proofreading and $.004/word for copy editing.)  Can you make that adjustment for me?  Or is there some way you can give me access?

Thanks! Yes, you should have access. Click on the "edit" button in the rightmost column of your service. You should then see an edit form for your service.

If not... let me know the name of the service, and I'll make sure it's tied to your KBoards login ID.
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Fantastic. The old yellowpages was a bit overwhelming so I'm sure I'll be making a lot of use of this... along with everyone else.

Thank you!
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A note: if you had a service in our (old) Yellow Pages, please take a minute to find your service in our new Yellow Pages, and verify that we transferred your information accurately.

Also, we have a space for a logo, which is ideally about 200px by 200px. Consider putting one of those together as it'll help your service stand out in the YP.

http://kboards.com/yp
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I'm sure I'm not in the Yellow Pages yet.  So I'll update this weekend or the next.  Bookmarked!

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Great! Yes, if you offer editing services, or any type of ebook-related services, be sure to get them into the new Yellow Pages.

http://kboards.com/yp
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Awesome! Looks great! Thanks for migrating me over. :)

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Thanks for checking it! Here's the permalink if you need it:
http://www.kboards.com/yp/setup.php/?seq=81
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Thanks so much for doing this, Harvey!  :)

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Oh, I'll add in the Thanks! This looks great and I'll be adding my info for Cover Design services tonight.
Have a clicky - clicky - reader please?
 
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Thanks! Yes, you should have access. Click on the "edit" button in the rightmost column of your service. You should then see an edit form for your service.

If not... let me know the name of the service, and I'll make sure it's tied to your KBoards login ID.


All set!  I did indeed have access, and I made my changes.  Thanks again, Harvey!

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All set!  I did indeed have access, and I made my changes.  Thanks again, Harvey!

Ah, that's great! You may well been our first production test case. Glad it worked!
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Thanks, Harvey! This is an excellent resource!

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Thanks! I've seen several new additions to our Yellow Pages today already. Great write-ups, and love the new logos showing up!

We are about to get a spate of publicity about our Yellow Pages... so, if you have a service offering, don't delay getting it added.

http://kboards.com/yp
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Great job! Looks much improved.  8)
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This is awesome! Kudos to all the hard work put into it! - Jennifer

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I really appreciate this. Quick and easy to edit! Thank you.

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Thank you for the hard work and for transferring my information so perfectly.  Now I won't bug you anymore to update my banners and links!  ;)

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Thank you for the hard work and for transferring my information so perfectly.  Now I won't bug you anymore to update my banners and links!  ;)

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This is fantastic! Quick question, since I'm new--by a discussion thread, do you mean a counterpart advertisement posted to this board? Just wanted to make sure I'm understanding properly!

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New! KBoards Yellow Pages -- for author (and reader) services - kboards.com/yp
« Reply #23 on: October 02, 2014, 06:32:10 PM »
The discussion thread would be a new thread (or "new topic") that you add in the Writers' Cafe, describing the services you offer. Once you've created that, you can add yourself to the YP and have a link to the discussion thread as part of your YP entry. That thread then becomes a place where potential customers can ask questions, or past customers can discuss your services. Let me know if that makes sense!
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It does! That's exactly what I thought you meant. Thank you so much for the quick and informative response, Harvey! :)

Ooh, actually, if I wanted to include a history of works edited section, may I link to those and their respective authors? Or will direct references that can be Googled suffice? Just making sure. I've read up on a lot of rules, but I want to be clear on everything. :)
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