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Amazon Listmania: Fun for Authors and Readers Alike

Filed under: I'll Do It Myself: The Book — by at 9:25 pm on Friday, November 2, 2012

I'll Do It Myself on the KindleIn an earlier post, I shared how authors can create lists on Amazon to increase their book’s exposure and, in theory, to increase their Amazon Best Sellers Ranking.

This list-creating fun isn’t limited to only Amazon authors. Amazon readers (i.e., anyone with an Amazon account) can also partake in the fun.

Perhaps you have a list of favourite inspirational books. Or the ten books you’d want if ever stranded on a desert island. Or the most useful entrepreneurial books. Or the books every teacher/doctor/professional should read about <insert disability or issue>. Or whatever. I’m sure you get the idea. And…you don’t need to have purchased the book from Amazon; it only needs to be available on Amazon.

Go wild and see how many lists you can create! (Aim for 10 books or more per list.)

Here are the instructions directly from Amazon on how to create a Listmania list:

  1. Visit your Profile page and log into your account if requested.
  2. Click the "Edit Your Profile" button on the top right-hand corner of the page.
  3. Click the "Lists" tab in the Contributions section of Your Profile.
  4. Click the "Create your first one now" link or "Manage your Listmania Lists" link if you already have existing lists.
  5. Provide the requested information for your list and click the Preview button to review your list and Publish list when you are finished.

You will be asked to enter the following information:

  • Name Your List: Enter a friendly title for your list.
  • Your qualifications: Your qualifications should be a description of why you’re an expert in the subject of your list.
  • Introduction: You can add an optional introductory paragraph to describe the list.
  • Add a product: This is the core of your list! You can add anything from the product listings on Amazon.

For fun, I recently created the list “My Friends Who Are Authors”:

(By no means is this a comprehensive list of all of the books written by my friends. Please take no offence if I have missed your book. Please let me know, in the comments below, your title on Amazon and I’ll be sure to add it to the list.)

What lists can you come up with? (Tip: If you have a book on Amazon, be sure to include it on your list, near the bottom. This creates an internal link to your book page, which Amazon likes.)

Have fun with it and feel free to share the link to your list(s) in a comment below.

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Comment by marylee

November 3, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

hey, I’m holding back the tears that my Guidebook the the Galapagos Islands, from Mountaineers BOoks was not on your list, Glenda! But with all the many friends you have, I think I can live with being on a later list! anyone want to go on a trip the the Islands and Ecuador with me? I’m gearing up to have my 10th adventure there!

Comment by Suzie Cheel

November 3, 2012 @ 5:06 pm

Hi Glenda,
What a great idea- this is going on my to do list
I am in the process of relaunching Emergings- you might add it to your list ad just started on a my New book Lucky to be Alive- my year of living positively

Comment by Barry Moltz

November 5, 2012 @ 2:39 pm

Thanks for including my book!

Comment by marylee

November 5, 2012 @ 9:59 pm


Comment by paul

November 6, 2012 @ 8:55 am

Very interesting article, a great idea.

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