How to Post Author Updates at Amazon Author Central if You Don’t Have a Blog

Author Sylvia EngdahlGuest Post
by Sylvia Engdahl

The Author Update area at Amazon Author Central makes provision only for blog feeds and events. This is unfortunate for authors who don’t have blogs, or who blog at their personal websites. I don’t often have news, but when I do I would like to post it at Author Central, and I’d like to announce when a book is going to be free or discounted.

Recently it occurred to me to investigate what a blog feed consists of. It doesn’t have to come from an established blogging site — its address can point to a file located anywhere on the Web. It turns out to be easy to create such a file and upload it to your own Web host. Then you merely have to update it whenever you have a brief message for your readers. You could, in fact, put articles of any length in it by continuing what wouldn’t fit on the Author Central page on a page at your website. Or, if you have an email newsletter that’s also posted online, you could use this method to get headlines from it and a subscribe link onto your Author Central page. Continue reading “How to Post Author Updates at Amazon Author Central if You Don’t Have a Blog”

Thrifty Thursday: Cool Summer Savings

free ebooks earth-237955_960_720These deals are good all over, no matter where you are! And in some places, it’s really hot out there. These cool deals will help you get through the hot summer days. Now back to it – It’s Thursday – and you know what that means! You’d better download some eBooks – and have we got some bargains for you! That’s right, here at Indies Unlimited each Thursday, we make it super easy for you to find hot free and 99 cent eBook deals. Make sure to tell your friends to come on over to Thrifty Thursday and check ’em out! Continue reading “Thrifty Thursday: Cool Summer Savings”

Which “Migration?” Flash Fiction Story Gets Your Vote?

Vote5It’s that time again…time to choose your favorite flash fiction story of the week! It’s all up to you now – only one can win Flash Fiction Readers’ Choice Champion honors. It’s super easy – choose your favorite and cast your vote below.

Check out this week’s entries here. Make your decision, then use those share buttons at the bottom of the post to spread the word.

Voting polls close Thursday at 5 PM Pacific time. If the poll doesn’t close on time, any votes received after 5 pm will be removed.

Which "Migration" Flash Fiction Story Should Win the Readers' Choice Award This Week?

  • Lance (33%, 9 Votes)
  • Stacie Haas (19%, 5 Votes)
  • Morgan Winters (11%, 3 Votes)
  • Luigi Silvestri (7%, 2 Votes)
  • A. L. Kaplan (7%, 2 Votes)
  • Judith Garcia (7%, 2 Votes)
  • Joseph Hesch (7%, 2 Votes)
  • Biswajit Mukhopadhyay (4%, 1 Votes)
  • Joe Wocoski (4%, 1 Votes)
  • Kevin Keely (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 27

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NOTE: Entrants whose submissions exceed the 250 word limit will be disqualified even if they win. ONE VOTE PER PERSON, please. Duplicate votes will be deleted. The results displayed above are unofficial until verified by administration.

Indie Author Day and Your Public Library

Indie Author Day LogoMelissa Bowersock recently told us about October 8th, the inaugural Indie Author Day across the US and Canada. She suggested you look here to see if your library is participating. If your library isn’t listed, you can click on the “Let us know” button to nominate your library, then give your local library a friendly call to explain the event, and ask if they’d be interested in participating.

One of the first questions you’re likely to hear from your library contact is, “But what do we do?” My local library had its Indie Author Day a couple of months ago, before news hit the airwaves about Bibliolabs and a nationwide movement. I thought it might be helpful to share some of what they did. Continue reading “Indie Author Day and Your Public Library”