How's that for combining topics?
In reverse order, Brad Jaeger's fun blog hop got me thinking about the First Novel That Moved Me. "http://brad-jaeger.blogspot.com/2010/09/first-novel-that-moved-me-blog-hop-mon.html" For me, it was a children's book, The Four Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright. This was part of a series that included The Saturdays, Gone Away Lake, and And Then There Were Five.
Enright wrote back in the 1940s and the books were set during the war. I loved those stories and can even today visualize the characters and remember the plots with fond affection.
Yesterday I finished up what I can do on Amazon for Headwind. I'm waiting for Amazon to agree that I'm the author so I can move ahead with Author Central and also post the cover photo to replace the current "image not available" logo. To start the ball rolling, Amazon contacts the publisher for confirmation that KK Brees and I are the same person. Once this happens, it takes 1-7 days, they say, for this to be processed. Once that happens, I can work at developing my bio there and getting the process started for having this writing blog show up on their site. After it all gets in place, it should be pretty nifty.
Author Central will allow me to upload a video. I'm thinking that adding the book trailer here would be good. There's also an Events tab where I can post book signing info and other types of upcoming appearances.
Amazon requires an RSS feed for the blog. I tried to add it but couldn't get it to work. Each time I tried, all that happened was that the titles of my recent blogs appeared in the top right corner of the blog. Had to admit defeat and decided to let Murray, my wonderful web guy handle this. Of course I'd changed passwords since we last talked, so that held him up until he got the new one. One more item addressed. He should have it working smoothly shortly.
So, will Author Central benefit the book? Hard to say, but at least it's one more way of expanding my web presence. As with everything else in the book business, it's "hurry up and wait!"
One last item: Thanks to Nancy R. Williams who blogs at http://nrwilliams.blogspot.com. She offered the Cherry on Top Award to those of us poor, awardless bloggers who need a boost. It looks nice on the blog.