Many of us know about the Like button on fan/author pages on Facebook. It’s the only way to gather followers on such pages. There also seems to be a tendency for people to be more willing to Friend people than to Like pages. The discussion continues on that front.
One Sister in Crime recently came up with a piece of news to the effect that if one’s Amazon Author page had a certain number of Likes, that helped that author’s book rankings. There is a like button on the Author page as well as the book’s individual page. Apparently the more Likes you have on the Author page, the more it moves you up in the “You might like this too” ranking.
Lots of the Sisters and Brothers in Crime started posting the URL to their Amazon author pages. So many message were flying around the list with requests to Like here and there that one Sister created a database, with slots for the Amazon URL, the Facebook URL, and the twitter handle for each author.
It’s been very productive. I personally had exactly zero Likes on either my Edith Maxwell author page (http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001HQ0XU8) or Tace Baker’s, my pseudonym’s Author page (http://www.amazon.com/Tace-Baker/e/B007YT2ZVC). And now I have several dozen in each place. Mind you, my first book doesn’t come out until September, but this gives me a head start. I also gained a few more Likes on the two facebook author pages and several new twitter followers.
But one of the biggest benefits was going to each member’s page, seeing their picture, and reading about what their books are about. If you participate in any Yahoo group listserve, you know you can interact with others without getting a sense of who they are in the real world. It was truly lovely and illuminating to see all the authors and interesting mystery series that are part of the Sisters in Crime community.
If you’re a sister or brother and don’t participate in the listserve, I highly recommend it. It’s moderated, so you don’t get junk or endless messages of congratulations. And you can add your own info to the database and participate in the community. You can always sign up for the Digest form if you’re worried about getting too many emails. And you might end up with benefits you never even dreamed of.