This is going to be a quick post. First, I think if anyone has laid their eyes on the internet yesterday the hot item was the sales reporting Hugh Howey wrote for Author Earnings.There were so many people clamoring for the information that the site crashed so Joe Konrath re-posted it on his site.
This is what I posted on Google Plus early this morning:
What a day yesterday. If you were in a cave without wifi, this is what went down. Hugh Howey posted a bombshell report on Author Earnings. Such a bombshell that the site went down. Joe Konrath re-posted it on his site for those that didn’t get it before the crash. Theresa Ragan, whose site is linked in the article by Hugh, has a great Sales Ranking Chart on her site. As the algorithms changes every few months, she updates the parameters and links it to her navigation bar on her site. Go read this article if you haven’t yet! Author Earnings
And the gold in the metadata is a quote from Hugh:
This data provided one piece of a complex puzzle. The rest of the puzzle hit my inbox with a mighty thud last week. I received an email from an author with advanced coding skills who had created a software program that can crawl online bestseller lists and grab mountains of data. All of this data is public—it’s online for anyone to see—but until now it’s been extremely difficult to gather, aggregate, and organize. This program, however, is able to do in a day what would take hundreds of volunteers with web browsers and pencils a week to accomplish. The first run grabbed data on nearly 7,000 e-books from several bestselling genre categories on Amazon. Subsequent runs have looked at data for 50,000 titles across all genres.
I want you to hit all of the links but one link that Hugh included was this wonderful little sales ranking tool here.
Look at the feeds on Twitter and you will see what conversations are transpiring. Rapid fire and it’s exhilarating!
Metadata is data about data. Metadata describes how and when and by whom a particular set of data was collected, and how the data is formatted. Metadata is essential for understanding information stored in data warehouses and has become increasingly important in XML-based Web applications
Of course, the challenge of metadata if far more complex than that. There are best practices and “ONIX metadata” as well as certification programs. There is the matter of the “BISG Revised Best Practices”. Yeah, me neither. But if you truly want to learn more about this, there is a course offered by Digital Book World
An article, which strives to bring metadata in a better light, was published on Digital Book World’s site in an interview with Renee Register. She brings a better understanding of the practices to all of us.
Digital Book World has all manner of Best Practices for MetaData on a continuing basis taught by Renee Register, who has more than 20 years of experience. They also have a phone number for questions. Travel to their homesite and hit Customer Service to find out what upcoming class best fits with your schedule.
The tome of all tomes is the Metadata handbook. This finely detailed handbook is what you want if you would like to certify in the field. And an extensive collection of references and best practices.
Whether you know it or not, you create metadata each time you use your smartphone or log into your computer or tablet.. And this is how Google pulls up information so quickly. There will be a metadata trail created when I publish this article and when you share it. (Thank you; p)
However, it is the experienced use of metadata that will bring it to the eyes of your potential readers and impact your sales.In this way, it is similar to SEO. Imagine writing a book and no one seeing it. That is how important metadata is for you and your sales.
Metadata is all over my current book; not only as I create and research it but is part of the inciting incident. This was handily mirrored by certain organizations in the news recently and the cause of our President either answering or confusing the matter.
Either way you look at it, it’s all around us. Yes, “like the matrix”…;).
If you don’t have the money or time for a class,NISO.org offers a pdf on Metadata. It arises about the same time as ISBN’s in finding books through retailers and the library system. I think DublinCore is the best place to find out all initiatives in the matter.
If you wish to learn the basics of metadata, a terrific article came out on Freelance Switch, a site all freelancers will be familiar with, “Choosing Keywords and Categories for Your Kindle eBook” by David Masters. A good start to understanding what is to be an intricate subject for all people in the self-publishing field.
Smashwords has progressed from a publisher to a retailer. Read the interview with Mark Coker here.
Also, SpritAuthors comes in with a great article about making sure your book lands in the right categories in Amazon, which you can find here. I recommend you look at all areas of the site.
What are your experiences with metadata and how have you implemented it into your e-book? What have you learned about it? Please leave a comment below and share with others.