What is Metadata?
It’s information, the information bookstores,
libraries, and online stores use to categorize a book – your book. (or my book).
To start it should include the title, genre,
series information, the author, blurb, back cover, table of contents, index,
page numbers, publisher and copyright, and narrator if it’s an audiobook.
Researching Amazon and other bookstores can help with
those. They can be keywords, mystery, hard-boiled, spy stories, tales of
intrigue, political, kidnapping, thriller, etc.. Research books similar to
yours, or by a similar writer and see the tags they use on their book store
Metadata can help
sell your book by helping people who read your genre, find your book. Then your
cover and blurb will help sell them your book. The metadata also helps the
bookstores place your book in the right spot for the reader looking for your
Some area to
check when doing your metadata is if the book is a series. Did you include the
series number? That information will usually link the books, making it easier
for readers to buy the next book.
It can be work at
the start when you publish your book but metadata is a very important tool to
sell your book.
And that’s not all. Then there are the metatags that
are used for SEOs. That’s way beyond me at this time.