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Thursday, December 05, 2013

Amazon's Add-An-Image Feature for Books

This is a little note from my recent SharingwithWriters newsletter.  Just letting you know. (-:

Amazon Update: When Amazon announced that it was ridding itself of its “Product Images from Customers” feature where you get to post images related to your book, I was disappointed. I used it to post the images of awards for my books, images of the covers of my other books, images of people who helped me with my books like my cover designer, Chaz DeSimone (http://desimonedesign.com). It would be sorely missed. You know what they say about a picture being worth a thousand words.
Now it appears that they only moved this benefit for authors to another place on the author's buy page. I found mine at http://budurl.com/FrugalBkPromo on the far right just above the section where they post reviews. Now we can still use this feature to make our books stand out.
By the way, when you see this feature on other authors' pages, you can add related images of your own. As an example, if you have written a book about great book cover design or typography, you could add an image of your book cover here with a note that it would be great additional reading but do make a positive comment about the book or author whose page you are utilizing. The idea is not to come across as competitive, but rather as an exercise in Karma. Or you could add a pix of you and the author holding both of your books at the last BEA.  Think of it as a way to build goodwill among authors. 
Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This Is the Place; Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered; Tracings, a chapbook of poetry; and how to books for writers including the award-winning second edition of, The Frugal Book Promoter: How to get nearly free publicity on your own or by partnering with your publisher; The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success; and Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers . The Great First Impression Book Proposal is her newest booklet for writers. She has three FRUGAL books for retailers including A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. Some of her other blogs are TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com, a blog where authors can recycle their favorite reviews. She also blogs at all things editing, grammar, formatting and more at The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor .

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