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Setting Up Your Author Central Account

To set up your account and reap all the benefits associated with marketing your book through Author Central, follow these steps:

  1. Go to and click Join Now.
  2. Enter your e-mail address and password and click Sign in using our secure server.
    • If you have an account, sign in with the e-mail address and password you use on that account.
    • If you do not have an existing account, select No, I am a new customer. You will be prompted to enter the necessary information.
  3. Read the Author Central’s Terms and Conditions, and then click Agree to accept them.
  4. Enter the name your books are written under. A list of possible book matches appears.
  5. Select any one of your books. If your book is not in the list, you can search for it by title or ISBN. The book you select must be available for purchase on the website. Selecting the book creates the account.
  6. When you receive the confirmation e-mail we send, confirm your e-mail address and identity.

We may contact your publishers to verify your identity, for example, by confirming your e-mail address with them. If you've signed in with a different e-mail address than the one your publisher is familiar with, contact them with this information so they can quickly approve you. Other than for confirmation of your identity, your customer information, such as product reviews or purchase history, remains private.

While you're waiting for approval, you still can use some of Author Central's features. For example, you can add or edit a photo or biography. We hold your content until verification is complete. Other updates, such as blogging and making changes to the books listed in your bibliography, are not available until you're confirmed.

Verification might take up to seven days. If it’s been longer than seven days, please contact us.

On the Contact Us form:

  1. Under "Select an issue," select My Account.
  2. Under "Select details," select I'm not approved yet.
  3. Select how to contact us.

Author Pages are created for each individual author listed as a contributor to a book and we aren't able to create a shared Author Page.

If any of your books have co-authors, both authors can join Author Central and manage an Author Page, both claiming the book. You can use the same photo and biography for both Author Pages, and can reference each other's Author Pages by including information about your co-author or a URL to their Author Page in your biography. You can also accomplish this in a blog post through your RSS feed, allowing you to direct your readers to each other's pages for quick access.

Pen Names

Pen Names

We create pages according to the author name listed for each book. If you write under more than one name, an Author Page will be displayed for each. Author Central allows you to manage up to three pen names within a single account. You can manage all of the Author Pages from your current Author Central account. Here's how:

  1. Go to the "Books" tab located on the top of the page.
  2. Click Add more books.
  3. Search for book written by [PEN Name], by title, author, or ISBN.
  4. Click This is my book.

Once we verify with the book publishers that you're an author of the book(s), an additional Author Page will be available for you to maintain. You can get to your pen name through the link in the upper right corner of Author Central.

This link appears only if you have a pen name listed.
You can manage two or more Author Pages this way. They will not be associated in any way on

If you cannot find the book you want to add, make sure it is available through If the book isn’t listed on, or if we don’t have inventory available, we cannot list it on the Author Page.