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Fantastic! Medium’s New Blue Checkmark For Book Authors Is A Great Update (With FAQ)

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You don’t have to be a Medium member. All you need is an ISBN for your book.

Medium just launched a blue “Book Author” checkmark for authors.

It looks like this:

Scott Galloway screenshot

When you go to Galloway’s profile, he has a “Featured Book” at the top of his profile, above his pinned stories, and a checkmark below his follower count.

Scott Galloway is a bestselling author, NYU business school professor, and Medium Top Writer.

Medium constantly boosts his stories on Medium.

But you don’t need to be a bestselling author to get a verified badge.

It’s a checkmark that actually means something.

I bet you’ve already seen the blue checkmark that reminds… of Twitter’s Blue Checkmar.

Medium now verifies the identities of published authors and puts a symbol next to their names across the platform.

Not only will the blue “Book Author” checkmark appear under the user’s name in the sidebar, but it appears there will also be a link to their verified book.

Galloway’s link redirects to the Amazon listing for Adrift: America in 100 charts.

Adrift is Galloway’s current book.

He published multiple books:

Scott Galloway on Amazon

Good news: the checkmark is 100% free.

You don’t have to be Scott Galloway with 253K followers, a reputation and several Top Writer badges to get a blue “Book Author” checkmark.

You only have to be an author with a book that has an ISBN (International Standard Book Number).

But there’s more.

You don’t have to pay for the checkmark.

  • You don’t need to be a paying Member or in the MPP.
  • There is no minimum number of followers required.
  • You need a profile with complete information.

How to Apply for Medium’s Blue Book Checkmark

If you have published a book with an ISBN and want to verify your Medium account, visit this link for verified authors on Medium to learn more.

The page makes it seem pretty easy to showcase your published book, listing three simple steps:

  1. Claim your book: Apply for verification via this form, which will ask you for your published book information (ISBN, title, description, and publisher info)
  2. The review process: Medium will review and verify your information, then contact you within a few weeks
  3. Get verified: Once verified, your profile will include the official Medium author badge, and feature your book

FAQ — Blue Checkmark for Book Authors on Medium

I bet you have a lot of questions.

Here are some of the most frequent questions with answers.

Who else has already the checkmark?

Here’s an overview.

verified authors overview

You see the blue icon by their name and the fact that they have a Books tab on their profile page.

Who can be verified?

At this time, Medium is accepting applications for verification from all authors who have published books that include an ISBN.

How is Medium’s checkmark different from checkmarks on other platforms?

Verification on Medium means that the account has been confirmed to be the author of the book/books that are shown on the profile.

What are the requirements?

  • You need to have published a book.
  • No need to pay the monthly subscription for Medium membership
  • No need to be enrolled in the Medium Partner Program (MPP) to earn money on your writing.
  • You simply need to have an account on Medium, a profile with complete information.

Do I have to pay for the checkmark?

No.

It’s 100% free.

I don’t have an ISBN. What should I do?

If you publish your eBook at Smashwords.com, they will give you an ISBN for free.

But you can’t publish KDP Unlimited if you go that way.

Amazon will give you a free ISBN if you publish your book in print.

Can ASIN numbers be used as well?

“We’d love to support ASINs from Amazon but they make it really difficult to pull catalog data for books by ASIN. We’re open to it but will have to do more digging to figure out the right way to integrate with them.” Buster Benson, Product Team Medium

Can I change which book is featured?

If you’ve written multiple books, in a future release, you can change which one is featured.

How will I know I’m verified?

When you are verified, a blue icon will appear next to your name on your profile, your story pages, and most other places where your name appears on Medium.

You will also receive an email from Medium about whether your book has been approved or not.

Can Medium remove my checkmark?

“We reserve the right to remove verification from an account if the account is found to not belong to the actual author of the book(s) listed, or if the account otherwise breaks our terms of service.” Medium

Can I remove my verified checkmark?

You can request to have your verification removed by contacting Medium here.

What to do after I got verified?

Medium recommends:

“Write a Medium story! You can expand on the ideas in your book, share sections that were cut from the published version, or write on any topic you want. The more you write, the better your readers will get to know you and your work.”

How can authors post a series?

“Submit the first book in the series. In a follow-up release, we plan to offer self-service tools for verified authors to add more books.” Bustor Benson, Product Team Medium

Will we be able to add more books once we are accepted?

Yes!

But not quite immediately.

Statements from the community

  • Carmellita “Awesome! I wish you all could see my happy dance, LOL. This has been one of the things I hoped Medium would implement.”
  • Priyanka Priyadarshini “This is already giving me goals to write my book!”
  • Thomas Gaudex “I can’t wait for the verification to perhaps expand more generally, to authenticate serious writers and real human profiles that respect the laws of honest, non-raunchy writing.”

I know some writers who will be happy to put their books in the spotlight a little more!

Megan Llorente J.R. Heimbigner Carmen Micsa, MA in English, podcaster Charisse Tyson Marx D. Stevenharrison

Bottom Line

Becoming a verified book author is an excellent way to establish credibility in the publishing industry and gain more exposure to your work.

This is a fantastic product update for Medium.

I’m intrigued to see how published authors will use this.

I’m sure Medium’s own capabilities around verifying authorship and experience will also improve over time.

“We’re building this feature as a starting point to begin to address the complicated topic of credibility and trust… it will continue to evolve based on feedback.” Buster Benson, Product Team Medium

What do you think about the blue checkmark for authors?


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