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Amazon Author Beta
« on: December 19, 2017, 08:01:35 pm »
Anyone else get an invite to the Amazon Author Beta? Got an email earlier, including:

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We invite you to take a special sneak peek at the beta of Amazon Author, the new Author Central experience.

Amazon Author offers a one-stop solution for personalizing your Amazon Author Profile, managing your books, and more around the world. Log in once and youll be able to update your Amazon Author Page in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, India and Japan with biographies in each language. With a new-and-improved site design, Amazon Author works beautifully on your smartphone and tablet as well as your computer.

During the beta period, youll still access some features, such as Sales Rank, U.S. Nielsen BookScan sales data, and Customer Reviews, via Author Central while we work on migrating each to Amazon Author.

So far it looks intriguing. Nice functionality and easy to update bio and picture. Similar functionality to the usual Author Central, though the interface looks a little slicker and faster to respond. Some of the functionality isn't ported over yet, but it looks promising. Other reactions?

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    Re: Amazon Author Beta
    « Reply #1 on: December 19, 2017, 08:17:14 pm »
    One nifty function I don't remember seeing from Author Central--the ability to jump to your author page on several Amazon sites:



    Also, you can update your bio quickly on several sites, but it doesn't seem to auto-translate from English to other languages.

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    Re: Amazon Author Beta
    « Reply #2 on: December 19, 2017, 09:58:40 pm »
    Oh heck, that's nice. I wanna play!

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    « Reply #3 on: December 19, 2017, 10:43:04 pm »
    Sounds good. It's about time they produced something integrated like that. I hope I get mine for Xmas :D
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    Re: Amazon Author Beta
    « Reply #4 on: December 19, 2017, 11:13:33 pm »
    Anyone else get an invite to the Amazon Author Beta? Got an email earlier, including:

    So far it looks intriguing. Nice functionality and easy to update bio and picture. Similar functionality to the usual Author Central, though the interface looks a little slicker and faster to respond. Some of the functionality isn't ported over yet, but it looks promising. Other reactions?

    haven't been invited yet, but now I'm eager!

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    Re: Amazon Author Beta
    « Reply #5 on: December 19, 2017, 11:23:50 pm »
    Ive had it for six months or so. Its nice and clean. Limited functionality so far, but hopefully its more complete now. Better check!

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    Re: Amazon Author Beta
    « Reply #6 on: December 20, 2017, 04:09:08 am »
    just the interface with other Amazon country author pages is a fantastic thing.

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    Re: Amazon Author Beta
    « Reply #7 on: December 20, 2017, 07:32:11 am »
    I haven't noticed any glitches yet. Some functionality isn't ported over yet. Looks promising, though. I'd be nice if the KDP publishing pages got a similar new look and layout.

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    Re: Amazon Author Beta
    « Reply #8 on: December 20, 2017, 08:38:47 am »
    Interesting info, thanks Hal. Hope you get the tech issues resolved!

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    Re: Amazon Author Beta
    « Reply #9 on: December 20, 2017, 08:40:54 am »
    Being able to merge all of my Author Central logins under one email would be nice.

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    Re: Amazon Author Beta
    « Reply #10 on: December 20, 2017, 01:08:13 pm »
    Got mine. Looks cool but a lot of kinks to work out still.

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    Re: Amazon Author Beta
    « Reply #11 on: December 20, 2017, 01:12:54 pm »
    Not had an invitation, but it looks promising. I never bothered posting a bio on sites like the Japanese one because I could never work out how to get to Author Central on them - looks like it will be much easier with the new dashboard.

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    Re: Amazon Author Beta
    « Reply #12 on: December 20, 2017, 04:09:12 pm »
    I haven't gotten the invitation yet, but I'm glad to hear my procrastination on setting up non-US Author Central accounts is paying off. Just like when I procrastinated on buying Vellum and D2D came through with an excellent, free formatter. I wonder what else I should be procrastinating on?  :)










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    Re: Amazon Author Beta
    « Reply #13 on: December 20, 2017, 04:45:39 pm »
    I got my invitation today. I agree with everyone who said it looks promising.

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    Re: Amazon Author Beta
    « Reply #14 on: December 21, 2017, 03:02:16 am »
    Just want to warn you guys that this will probably all blow up on you.....I just got the beta invite and I NEVER get beta invites....so...you are warned! :P :P :P

    But I do love the one link access to all the author central accounts!

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    Re: Amazon Author Beta
    « Reply #15 on: December 29, 2017, 10:57:22 am »
    Got the invite and thinking of trying it out, but do any of you who have joined know--can you merge more than three pen names under the same account now? Or did they keep that rule of only three per account?

    UPDATE-- Amazon responded way fast! But unfortunately, more than three pen names under one account is still not an option. So that's not super helpful. Oh well.
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    Re: Amazon Author Beta
    « Reply #16 on: December 29, 2017, 11:33:34 am »
    I'm still waiting to be able to order author copies of my print books...

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    Re: Amazon Author Beta
    « Reply #17 on: December 29, 2017, 06:37:15 pm »
    I'm still waiting to be able to order author copies of my print books...

    Are you using KDP to create print editions? If you use CreateSpace (also Amazon), you can order author copies.
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    Re: Amazon Author Beta
    « Reply #18 on: January 06, 2019, 10:20:54 am »
    Can someone share the link?

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    Re: Amazon Author Beta
    « Reply #19 on: January 08, 2019, 02:55:15 am »
    Can someone share the link?

    I'm also interested. Seems like this has been in beta quite some time now.

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    Re: Amazon Author Beta
    « Reply #20 on: January 08, 2019, 09:37:18 am »
    >Since this is a non-public confidential program, if you chose to participate, please keep the existence of this beta program, your participation in it, and any materials or information you receive as a result of your participation confidential per the terms of our Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA).

    You're all under arrest!

    OTOH, it says you only have to keep the existence secret if you choose to participate.
     
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