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What is the most common mistake when authors list their book on Reading Jacket

The most frequent mistake involves the date of publication.

10 11 2021 means 11th October in USA and 10th November in UK, so we need the first three letters of the month, eg 11 Oct 2021. That date can be read without any confusion.

Most authors ignore the instructions and add number. Because we are based in the UK we assume 10 11 is 10th November, but many authors are from the USA and mean 11th October.

The correct way to enter any date on the site is

  • two numbers for the day, 
  • first three letters for the month,
  • four numbers for the year.

08 Jun 2022 would do nicely.

How can I get my book listing to the top of Google

Ask yourself what phrase would people put into Google to find my book

Your first sentence is vital. Google usually describes your page using the first sentence or first 154 characters, so we recommend all authors start their description by repeating their book title, stating their author name, and stating their main character or book series.

A good example would be 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling is one of a series of books about a boy wizard at Hogwarts School'

Instead, many authors begin with sentences like 'A great story about overcoming adversity', which does not include any words or phrases readers will actually search for.

Google also likes website pages to be at least 300 words long. So your full description needs to be at least that length.

1. A descriptive first sentence.
2. A fuller description of at least 300 words.

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