Sometimes it's easy to overlook the little things Amazon offers to help their authors get more exposure for their books. A prime example of their hidden jewels is CreateSpace's Gallery of Previews -- a marketing site that can be used by anyone who has a book listed on Amazon. You don't even have to have used CreateSpace as your source for print editions. Just go to createspace.com and log in with your Amazon ID and password.
On the left, you'll see a listing for "Manage Previews." Click it and you're on your way.
- Start by listing your title, your name, and a brief (300-character) blurb about the book.
- Identify the genre and pick an approximate date of publication. (If the book is already available, choose "today.")
- Next, pick a good, readable excerpt from the book -- an exciting passage, a cliffhanger, a car chase if you have one -- something to catch a reader's attention and make him want more. This can be a lengthy passage (around 25,000 characters if I remember correctly)
Add an image. ideally, this would be the cover of the book, but if you haven't decided on a cover yet, use a picture that illustrates the main theme of your story.
- And finally, add a few questions that a viewer of your preview might answer. For instance, "Did this chapter make you want to read more?" What you're looking for here is some feedback, as well as a blurb or two you can use later.
I've just added my book, Damned Yankee, to this gallery. You can see the result here: