What Does "Metadata" mean?

Metadata--literally, meaning "data about data"--(you can't make this stuff up!) is used by search engines, libraries, bookstores, etc., to help people categorize and locate books.  Metadata "tags" are like individual keywords--like the things you see on Amazon in the tag list--words that people might use in searching for your book, or a book like yours.  The Metadata "description" is a paragraph--think of  it like the blurb on the back of your book.  What will hook people into reading it?

There's a great article on PBS.org, from 2010, that explains metadata in minute detail, and it's well worth reading; you can find it here:  http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2010/10/a-self-publishers-guide-to-metadata-for-books285.html .  I highly recommend reading it, in order that you can understand, and take advantage of, the metadata fields (keywords and description) available to you, not only at Amazon, Nook, etc., but as part of the information that we embed, invisibly, inside your ebook, helping search engines and retailer searches find your novel, biography, poems or other book.

 
Need help figuring out what keywords to use?  Search Amazon for books in your niche or genre that are at the top of the charts, and see what keywords (tags) they are using; compile a list, and then pick the ten best.  Don't reinvent the wheel! 

Remember our Fallen

Memorial Day, originally called "Decoration Day" was created
to honor those who have been slain in defense of the US.

  
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As many of our returning customers know, we close on the holidays to recharge our batteries, as we're normally open 6/days/week.  As a former servicemember, I feel strongly that Memorial Day should be observed--and remembered.  

We'll be closed, administratively, from 5:00 p.m, the night of May 24th 2019 through the morning of May 28th 2019.  Production will be full-tilt boogie while the office is closed, but in Admin, phones will not be answered and emails will only receive auto-replies until we're back on our regular schedule. Books that are in production will be shipped, fear not.  

Thanks, and have a happy and safe--and memorable--Memorial Day.
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