Writers Tricks of the Trade VOLUME 8, ISSUE 4 - Page 26

also enjoy meeting the authors of my fa- vorite books. One time, during the sum- mer of 2010, I attended an author reading in Seattle. After the author had read a sec- tion of his book, he invited everyone to come up and have their books signed. "I had the author's book on my Kindle and felt awkward since I didn't have any- thing for him to sign. W HAT IS AN A UTHORGRAPH ? It's a personal, digital inscription for an e- book, sent directly from an author to a reader's digital reading device. W HAT DOES AN A UTHORGRAPH LOOK LIKE ? Click for an example I S A UTHORGRAPH . COM AZON ? AFFILIATED WITH A M- D O READERS NEED TO OWN OR BUY MY BOOK IN ORDER TO RECEIVE AN A UTHORGRAPH ? No, but readers who request your Authorgraph are very likely to be current or future readers. D O READERS NEED TO OWN A K INDLE DEVICE TO RECEIVE AN A UTHORGRAPH ? No, Authorgraphs are viewable on a wide variety of platforms. Readers can simply enter a regular email address at the time of their request and they will receive an email with links to download a PDF ver- sion (viewable in applications like iBooks) or an AZW version (viewable in all Kindle apps on iPad, iPhone, PC, Mac, etc.) of their Authorgraph. I S A UTHORGRAPH THE INSERTED INTO THE E - BOOK ? No, Authorgraph.com is not affiliated with Amazon except that Authorgraph.com does earn an affiliate fee for any books purchased from Amazon.com after click- ing on one of the Amazon links on Authorgraph.com. No, it is a separate document. This allows a reader to create a "collection" where they can keep all of their Authorgraphs together. W HAT IS AN ASIN? A UTHORGRAPH ? ASIN stands for "Amazon Standard Identi- fication Number." It is 10 characters long and may include both numbers and let- ters. Yes. Paperback, hardcover, and audio ver- sions of books aren't accepted. THE READER NEED TO HAVE A K INDLE VERSION OF MY BOOK TO SIGN UP FOR D OES AN A UTHORGRAPH USE MY REAL SIG- NATURE OR DOES IT JUST PRINT MY NAME IN A SCRIPT FONT ? H OW DO I FIND THE ASIN FOR MY BOOK ? The ASIN for your book is right after 'dp' in the URL of your book on Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0061977969. Let us say that’s the URL for your book. Then the ASIN is 0061977969. It is also listed on the details part of the Amazon page. W RITERS ’ T RICKS OF THE T RADE D O One of the most distinctive features of Authorgraph.com is the ability to actually draw your signature. This signing takes place completely in the browser window using a mouse (or your finger if you use a tablet). However, there is also a default option that allows authors to print their P AGE 21 W INTER 2019