An essential part of the indie author’s self-publishing process is to complete the metadata on the distribution platforms of your choice. You might hire other professionals for some of the tasks involved in the process, but uploading the metadata is likely to rest with you, the publisher. In this post, Jo Van Every explains how to upload your metadata like a professional.
You’ve read all the advice and figured out what platform(s) you will use to distribute your self-published book. But when you log in to the first distribution platform, you find yourself faced with a lot of drop-down menus, text boxes, and possibly multiple pages of metadata information to enter before you can upload your files.
You might have to to find the information, some of which you didn’t know you’d need, and some of which is in a form you’ve never heard of before. (BISAC codes, anyone?) You’re not sure you’ve got enough time to do it all. You aren’t in the right frame of mind to draft text. AAARRRGGGHHH!!!
But there’s an easy way to help you get through this challenge: create a metadata checklist and use a metadata template.