How to Create an Author Central Account and Claim Your Book

Whether you've just published your first book or you're a seasoned writer, having an Author Central account on Amazon can greatly enhance your visibility and control over your book's listing on the world's largest online marketplace.

In this step-by-step guide, we'll walk you through the process of creating an Author Central account and claiming your book, ensuring that your author profile and book details are up-to-date and engaging for potential readers.

Step 1: Prepare the Essentials

Before you start the process, make sure you have the following items ready:

  1. Amazon Account: If you don't already have one, you'll need to create an Amazon account. Go to and sign up for an account if you don't have one.

  2. Book Information: Have all the details about your book on hand, including the title, ISBN (International Standard Book Number), and the edition you want to claim.

  3. Author Photo and Bio: Prepare a professional author photo and a brief biography that you'd like to display on your Author Central profile.

Step 2: Visit Author Central

  1. Open your web browser and go to Author Central. This is the portal where authors can manage their profiles and books on Amazon.

  2. If you already have an Amazon account, sign in using your Amazon email and password. If not, you'll need to create an Amazon account as mentioned earlier.

Step 3: Create Your Author Central Profile

  1. Once you're signed in, click on the "Books" tab at the top of the page.

  2. On the next page, you'll see an option to create your Author Central Profile. Click on "Join Now."

  3. Fill out the required information for your author profile. This includes your author name, biography, and author photo. Ensure that the information you provide is accurate and professional.

  4. Click "Preview Your Author Page" to see how your author profile will appear to readers. Make any necessary adjustments, and when you're satisfied, click "Save Changes."

Step 4: Add Your Books

  1. After creating your author profile, you can start adding your books to your Author Central account. Click on the "Books" tab again.

  2. To add a new book, click on the "Add more books" button.

  3. Search for your book using its title, ISBN, or author name. Once you've found your book, click on the "This is my book" button to claim it.

  4. Follow the prompts to confirm that you are the author of the book. You may be asked to verify your identity as the author through various methods, such as email confirmation.

  5. Once your book is claimed, you can edit its details, add editorial reviews, and link your author profile to it.

Step 5: Customize Your Author Page

  1. Return to your Author Central profile by clicking on the "Author Page" tab. Here, you can further customize your author page by adding blog posts, photos, and videos.

  2. Keep your author page updated with the latest information about your books and your author journey.

Step 6: Monitor Sales and Reviews

  1. Under the "Sales Info" tab in your Author Central account, you can track your book's sales performance and royalties.

  2. Additionally, keep an eye on customer reviews of your book and engage with readers by responding to reviews when appropriate.

By creating an Author Central account and claiming your book, you not only gain control over your book's listing on Amazon but also enhance your author presence on the platform. Make sure to keep your author profile and book details up-to-date to connect with your audience and potential readers effectively. Happy writing and promoting!