Start at the Blueprint Website
First, open the Alexa Skill Blueprints website and log in with your Amazon account. There is a short video tutorial on the blueprints that you can check. You can also browse through the different categories of blueprints, including Recommended Blueprints, Greetings and Special Occasions, Fun and Games, Learning and Knowledge, Home and Storyteller.
Before you begin to develop your own skills, take a look at your own abilities You can do it with your Alexa device. You can create a Flash briefing to keep you informed of important information in the news. Many users have also created learning cards for learning, set up a task tracker, created a workout schedule, or started a countdown to an important date. Remember to have fun as well. There are many different quizzes, games and question-and-answer options.
Creating a Quiz Skill
We start with a quiz. Scroll down to the Learning and Knowledge section and click the Quiz button. On the Quiz page, click the Play button to hear a sample quiz. Then click the button to create your own.
Select Your Quiz
On the Customize Quiz page, enter each question that Alexa should address to you, followed by the correct answer. You can also add a follow-up procedure for each entry. Click the Add Questions and Answers button at the bottom of the screen to add more questions. When you're done, click the "Next: Experience" button in the top right corner.
On the Customize Experience page, enter your own custom introduction to the quiz. Then select the sound Alexa should play when the quiz starts. Enter three individual greetings from which Alexa will select the players. Click the Add Greeting button if you want to create more greetings.
Select Quiz Responses
Under Quiz responses, you can customize the tone and message for each correct answer. You can then do the same for every wrong answer. Next, select a sound and create a message for Alexa to play when someone wins to finish the quiz. If you have an echo show
choose a visual design to display during the quiz. For Name, click the Next button.
Give your quiz a name
. On the Skill Name page, enter the name you want to use to request the quiz. Keep the name simple and limit it to two or three words. Click the Next button and Amazon will create your skill.
When you first create a skill, Amazon will ask you to update your account on the Developer Portal so you can publish your skill, if you choose.
Access Your Quiz
Try it by saying "Alexa, open [name of skill]". Alexa will then raise the quiz and randomly ask your questions. If you need to edit your skills, visit them on the skills page you created. Click the Edit button to make changes or the Delete button to remove it from your account.
Creating a Storyteller Skill
Let's try another skill. On the Skill Blueprints page, we'll create an interactive story to tell Alexa. The story works like a Mad Libs article, where Alexa prompts you to name certain elements and then uses your answers in the story.
Click on the desired genre in the "Storyteller" section. In this example, we use sci-fi. Click the Play button on the Sci-Fi screen to hear a sample story. Then click the button to create your own image.
Create Your Story
The skill begins with an example that you can customize by modifying or rewriting existing content and adding your own sound effects. Change the spaces, eg. "Name of someone in the room", in phrases of your choice. When done, click on "Next: Name".
Name Your Story
In the Name screen, provide a name for your skill. Click the "Next: Create Skill" button and Alexa will create it.
Accessing Your Story
When your story is done, you can play it by saying, "Alexa, open [name of story]." Alexa asks you first to answer the empty sentences just as you would in a Mad Libs story. After you've given your answers, Alexa reads the story based on your answers, as well as the lyrics and sounds you've created and customized.
Creating a Game Skill
Next we'll try a game. In the Fun & Games section of the Skill Blueprints page, click the birthday trivia button. This game challenges party participants to answer quiz questions about the birthday child. Play the example on the Birthday Trivia page and click on Make Your Own.
Customizing the Game
Use the Customize Questions screen to modify or create the questions and multiple-choice answers. Click the Add questions and answers button to add more entries. Click the "Next: Experience" button to go to the next screen.
Selecting Game Experiences
On the customize experience screen, enter the name of the birthday child, customize an intro for the game, or create an intro and select a sound. Adjust the greetings and random messages of the players. Fill in the rating answers, round answers and winners answers. Choose a visual theme for an echo show. Click the "Next: Name" button.
Rename Your Game
Rename the game. Click the "Next: Create Skill" button and make it available for use on your device.
Access Your Game
Say "Alexa, open [name of game]". Alexa explains the game and challenges two to four partygoers with different questions. The birthday person confirms every answer by telling Alexa if she is correct.
Creating a Game Show
Creating Custom Questions & Answers
You can create custom answers to specific questions that you ask Alexa. On the Skill Blueprints page, navigate to the At Home section and click the Custom questions and answers button. Play the sample and click Make Your Own.
Create Your Questions and Answers
On the Customize Your Questions and Answers screen, enter the questions and answers that Alexa should use for this skill. Click the "Next: Create Skill" button.
Access to Questions and Answers
After Alexa has created the skill, you can ask Alexa the questions you asked. But wait until other members of the household are there for Alexa to surprise her with the answers.
How to Share a Skill
Okay, let's say a skill you've created is so cool that you think people outside of your household will enjoy it. You can only share it with specific people or post it to the US Alexa Skills Store, where anyone can use it. On the Skills page you created, click the skill you want to share.
Select Sharing Options
On the skill page, click the "Share with others" link. You will then be asked if your skill is intended for children under the age of 13. You can then share the skill via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or by copying a link to them.
Publishing Your Skills
However, if you want to make your skills available to a broad audience, you can publish them to the Alexa Skills Store. If you have already shared a skill, you must revoke access to it in order to publish. Go to the skill page and click on the revocation link.
Now that the share link has been revoked, the "Publish to Skills Store" button will be visible. Click the button to send the skill to the Skills Store.
Start submission process
To officially add your skill to the store, you must go through an submission process. Click the Getting Started button to continue.
Transferring the Skill Name
On the next screen, you can change the name of your skill to make it more explicit. You may have to mess around with the name because Amazon imposes some naming restrictions and restrictions. Click the button to save the start phrase.
After the phrase has been saved, you should test the skill before proceeding. Use the opening sentence to ask for your own echo, the ability to play. If everything is alright, you can customize the name of the Alexa Skills Store, which does not have to be the same as the opening sentence. Confirm your name. Click the "Next" button to see details.
Set Skill Details
On the Details page, you must select a category and keywords for your Skills. At the bottom of the page, enter a brief description of your skill and then a longer, more detailed description in the appropriate sections.
If you want to add an image associated with your skill, you can either create your own image or create your own an icon directly on the page. In the Skill icon area, tap Upload to add a picture from your computer. If you do not want to have image size problems, click the Create button to customize an existing icon.
In the Edit menu window, you can select a specific image for editing. Teak the symbol as desired by changing the color, the border and the shadow. Click Save to complete your changes.
Answer the Skill Policy Questions
The next screen will answer some questions about your abilities regarding Amazon's own policies. When done, click "Next: Review".
"Review and Submit" skill
The next screen will allow you to review the information for your skill before you publish it. Click Edit if you want to change details. Take your time, because Once your skill has been submitted, you can not edit it . If you need to change details, you must withdraw the skill and go through the submission process again. After the review, click the Publish to Business button.
Feedback from Amazon
After the skill has been submitted, you must wait one or two days for Amazon to review and approve it. You will then receive an e-mail from the company informing you whether it has been approved or not. If the company rejects the skill, the email explains why and how to fix it. You can then go back to your skills on the skills page you created and edit them to meet Amazon's requirements.
View Published Skill
When you receive the final approval from Amazon, the skill will be live. To view your creation, go to the Skills page you created and click the published skill. Click on the link at the top of the page to view and share your skills at the Alexa Skills Store. You can approve or disable the skill directly on the page of the store.