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.