Every Author Needs an Author Media Kit

I love books! I also love reading and reviewing books. Why? Here are a few of my favorite reasons.

  1. I get to read great literature from new authors.
  2. I usually get these books as complimentary copies.
  3. I like to promote new authors and their work.
  4. I get immense satisfaction from all of the above!

However, lately I have been running across a situation that is prevalent with new authors. This is the lack of a media kit or a prepared biography including social media links that we book reviewers use to promote an author’s works.

In other words, help us promote your material. I know I have spent countless hours searching for information on authors on the internet. These searches take time and effort.

Every author should have this information saved on their computer so that they can retrieve it whenever it is requested. I have an area on Silver Threading called, “Submit a book for Silver’s Reviews.”

I ask for your name, email (required), website, the link to your book on Amazon or other sources (required), a link to your author website and a link to three of your favorite social media profiles. In addition, I ask for your author biography, a photo of the author, and a book blurb (all required).

I also use the same information when I am doing my Sunday, “Authors Supporting Authors” posts.

Here is a link from Jo Robinson, author and contributing writer on Lit World Interviews that talks about what to put in your social media author kit. Another great website to search for help is Chris the Story Reading Ape’s blog. There are tons of resources available to authors on WordPress.

HELP us, HELP you! It takes a village to sell books! Put your Author Media Kit together today and don’t be afraid to share it!

Remember Silver loves a good book!

Thanks for stopping by. I enjoyed seeing you all today.

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About Colleen Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is a writer of cross-genre fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Her debut novel, a YA fantasy series called, “The Heart Stone Chronicles - The Swamp Fairy,” was published January 2017. The book reveals the story of Abby Forrester, a 14-year-old orphaned girl who is entrusted with saving a community of fairy nymphs from certain ecological destruction. Along the way, Abby learns about friendship, love, and what it means to actually belong to a family. Colleen’s writing explores ecological situations in the multicultural world of today. She combines real-life historical events into her writing to create experiences that will continue in the hearts and heads of her readers. A veteran of the United States Air Force, Colleen is also a retired bookkeeper. She has an Associates Degree in Business Administration, and another Associates Degree in the Arts, which she uses to combine her love of writing with her passion for all things creative. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband, dogs, children, and grandchildren. When time permits, she also loves gardening, cooking, and crocheting old fashioned doilies into works of artistry. She lives in the United States with her husband and her two Pomeranians, Sugar, and Spice. You can learn more about Colleen and her writing on her website colleenchesebro.com.

34 Responses

  1. Excellent advice. I added a media kit to my blog a few months ago. It’s so much easier to reference in the case of contacts instead of emailing links. Plus it makes you look more professional. “Oh, that? My author media kit.” Lolll 🙂

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  2. Most of the time, authors send me the requested information automatically after reading my review guidelines. If they don’t I refer them to that page on my blog and most of them get it to me rather quickly. It is nice, though, when you can go to their website and click on a link to find any missing information.

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  3. In the past author media kits were put together by the publishers and you’d have interviews and what not… I’m working on merging my website and blog together but currently I have a books page in both although not many visitors to either. You’re right about the free books and I get people sending me books and asking me for reviews (and PR people too). It’s good to review as part of a team…:)

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  4. angel7090695001

    Reblogged this on Louise Findlay Books and commented:
    Fellow authors, do you have a media kit? It doesn’t have to be a page on your website a word document can do just fine. Bio, author pic, description of books with covers, snippets of reviews and book reviews are just a sample of what you can include.

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