By Susan Reichert, Editor-in-Chief
For an author, metadata is:
· Book’s genre
· Description of book
· Keywords (used to help buyers/readers find your book)
· Author’s bio.
· This data is how people find your book.
For those who would like more in-depth information about Metadata you can go to this link:
http://www.niso.org/publications/press/UnderstandingMetadata.pdf. NISO is the National Information Standards Organization.
Obviously, Metadata is for other things besides books, but it is a definite need for authors. All of the key points above are vital for an author. Be sure your information is correct. If you aren’t sure of genres then find books similar to yours. How are theirs listed? How did they describe theirs? Help people find you, whether it is in a library or a bookstore.