Wednesday, September 2, 2015

How to fix your Create Space book description on Amazon.

Okay, you’ve loaded your paperback book’s description to Create Space, but when it appears on Amazon the description is one big lump--a single, hard-to-read paragraph. Yuck. (Note: the ebook description you loaded directly to Amazon probably looks fine. Compare the two.)

I’ve searched all over the Internet for how to fix this problem and found few answers. On their site, Create Space says they allow limited HTML. Great. Except that <br>, <ul> and <li> look like gibberish if you don’t know HTML.

How about a simple solution? <p> opens a paragraph, and </p> closes a paragraph.

Here’s what the paperback description looks like on Amazon:Alien invasion. Robot revolution. Zombie outbreak. All at the same time. World War II, Korea, Viet Nam, Iraq, Afghanistan--generations of war have killed most of our superheroes, so ordinary people like Special Agent Kyle Kane, Sergeant Starla Singer, and millions of others step forward to defend Earth. With the help of four rogue robots and the last heroes standing, humanity must unite or be destroyed. It’s time to fight. SUPERHEROES ALIENS ROBOTS ZOMBIES is the first in the SARZverse trilogy. Read Book 2: ROBOT REVOLUTION and Book 3: ALIEN INVASION for the complete saga.

Log in to Create Space and add your paragraph breaks:<p>Alien invasion. Robot revolution. Zombie outbreak. All at the same time.</p>
 
<p>World War II, Korea, Viet Nam, Iraq, Afghanistan--generations of war have killed most of our superheroes, so ordinary people like Special Agent Kyle Kane, Sergeant Starla Singer, and millions of others step forward to defend Earth. With the help of four rogue robots and the last heroes standing, humanity must unite or be destroyed.</p>
 
<p>It’s time to fight.</p>
 
<p>SUPERHEROES ALIENS ROBOTS ZOMBIES is the first in the SARZverse trilogy. Read Book 2: ROBOT REVOLUTION and Book 3: ALIEN INVASION for the complete saga.</p>

And in a week or less, your description on Amazon should look like this:
Alien invasion. Robot revolution. Zombie outbreak. All at the same time.

World War II, Korea, Viet Nam, Iraq, Afghanistan--generations of war have killed most of our superheroes, so ordinary people like Special Agent Kyle Kane, Sergeant Starla Singer, and millions of others step forward to defend Earth. With the help of four rogue robots and the last heroes standing, humanity must unite or be destroyed.

It’s time to fight.
 
SUPERHEROES ALIENS ROBOTS ZOMBIES is the first in the SARZverse trilogy. Read Book 2: ROBOT REVOLUTION and Book 3: ALIEN INVASION for the complete saga.
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I hope this helps all the writers out there who’ve been as frustrated with this as I am. If you have tips to share, please comment.


Sincerely,
Mark

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