I’ve recently created my official Facebook author page, which was not as straightforward as I thought it would be. It seems Facebook accounts are set up using your email address, so I figured the first step would be creating a new email address. Turns out, none of that was necessary; you don’t need to create a whole new Facebook account to set up your author page. Basically, your author page is linked to your personal Facebook account.
After much searching around on the Internet, I figured out that I had to go to this page, http://www.facebook.com/pages/create to start setting up my author page. From there, I chose “Artist, Band, or Public Figure” and then I chose “Author” from the drop-down list. The rest of the process was relatively simple.
The part where things got tricky and confusing again was with the Like feature. I wanted to Like things as my author self, not me personally. At first, this was relatively easy – at the very top of my author page it says, “You are posting, commenting, and liking as [my author page] – Change to [me personally].” So I could easily click to choose who I wanted to Like things as. However, for no apparent reason, that feature just stopped working.
I figured out another way to Like things as my author self however. Basically, if you go to a page you want to Like, near the top next to the Like button, there’s a Message button and one of those gear symbols for Settings with a drop-down arrow. The second item in that drop-down list is “Like As Your Page.”
Now all I need to do is figure out how to drum up some Likes on my author page. Of course I started with my personal friends on Facebook, and I had lots of support… unfortunately a lot of my friends Liked my post where I announced that I have a new author page instead of going to the actual author page and Liking it. Oh well, this Facebook thing is frankly pretty darn confusing, and these instructions will no doubt be obsolete as soon as the next “latest and greatest” Facebook update comes along.