Jackets will have a much more prominent role in the way the new site looks. They will appear more regularly, and be bigger. As such, we will not be migrating current jackets over, as they have been stored at far too low resolution. All jackets will be assigned a stock jacket at random, which you can update with your own beautiful cover at your convenience.
To make reading your book as much of a pleasure as possible, you may wish to re-upload using our upload template. This contains tags, which if used correctly will divide your book into chapters that are easily navigated in the new reader, or if you choose to make your book available for download. The template will be available to download from the new site, and an explanation of how to use the template will be posted tomorrow, for those keen to get ahead of the game.
Genre selection will now be limited to 2 per book, with 1 genre being selected as ‘Primary’. For those books with 3 or more genres currently selected, these will automatically be limited to the first 2. This can be edited by you at any time.
We feel it’s logical to approach genre the same way we have to when publishing a book. As such, our genre groupings will reflect the way we have to assign genres, and how you’d expect titles to be catalogued in a bookshop.
Use the ‘Tags’ functionality to highlight themes in your work that you think readers might be interested in.
Tags are keywords that describe the content of your book. Tags might describe a genre (#Crime, #Non-Fiction) or a subject (#cats, #Ancient Rome) or even an emotion (#scary, #happy, #reflective etc).
Tags make it easier for readers to find exactly the kind of book they’re looking for. From time to time, we will use a specific tag to enable authors to enter competitions or submit to a HarperCollins list that’s looking for submissions. If you think your book is perfect for a particular HarperCollins imprint, be sure to put that imprint’s name in the tag to help editors in that department find you.
If you want to make your book available for download, go to ‘Edit’, click on stage 5, ‘Publish’ and select the downloadable button. All migrated books will automatically be designated as not available to download.
- Upload your jacket, in full resolution
- Re-upload your book using the downloadable template
- Check your genres are correct
- Use hashtags to describe your book’s themes, and highlight who it might interest
- Decide whether you want to make your book or an extract of it available to download