Inside the writer’s mind #319

Ten Reasons Why I Hate My Printer

  1. It prints only a five pages before running out of ink.
  2. A new black ink cartridge costs £20.
  3. If it runs out of colour ink, it won’t print out in black.
  4. A colour ink cartridge costs £9000.
  5. You have to order new ink only from the manufacturer, which takes about a month to arrive.
  6. The ink runs out before it gets here.
  7. Even when the ink is full, it won’t print out without first doing a “cleaning” that uses half of the ink.
  8. Sometimes the printer thinks the cartridge is a fake when it isn’t, so it won’t let it print out anything.
  9. It’s cheaper to melt some gold and use that as ink.
  10. If you leave your printer for more than a week, the ink dries out, gumming up the machine, forcing you to buy a new one.

Clockwork Cairo – steampunk anthology

Clockwork Cairo – launched today

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Clockwork Cairo was published on June 1st.

Clockwork Cairo is a new anthology of Egyptian-themed steampunk stories edited by Matthew Bright. It features stories by twenty writers exploring the mysterious world of steam-powered souks, clockwork bazaars, sinister pyramids and battling airships.

The contributors are Gail Carriger, Sarah Caulfield, Jonathan Green, Tiffany Trent, Zan Lee, Chaz Brenchley, David Barnett, Nisi Shawl, Benjanun Sriduankaew, George Mann, Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine, Matthew Bright, Rod Duncan, Christopher Parvin, M.J. Lyons, Anne Jensenrriger, John Moralee (me!), E. Catherine Tobler and K. Tempest Bradford.

More information about this exciting new book can be found at the publisher’s website: Twopenny Press.

Amazon US
Amazon UK

Interview with Dorset Book Detective

I’m pleased to have a new interview with Hannah Stevenson on the Dorset Book Detective website, which you can read here.

Hannah Stevenson is the editor of the Official Inspector Morse Society’s newsletter, as well as an expert on Henning Mankell. She also has an MA in English Lit and a passion for reading crime fiction. Her blog contains many author interviews and reviews of crime books. It’s worth checking out!

Dude, there’s my book!

Yesterday, I blogged about the mysterious invisibility of one of my Kindle Direct Publishing ebooks on Amazon – Legend of King Arthur – which wasn’t in the right place on their website. That blog is here.

Available somewhere!

Today I contacted Amazon and received a prompt explanation for why I couldn’t find my book where I expected. They told me my book was listed under the following categories:

Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Arthurian
Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Historical
Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Sword & Sorcery
Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Adventure
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Historical
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Sword & Sorcery
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Adventure

You can see that it was listed under “Arthurian” as a book – but not in the Kindle Store, where it mattered. It was also not listed under humorous fantasy, either, which is a category only for books. Since nobody looks for Kindle ebooks in the physical book section, it meant my ebook didn’t show up in relevant search results. For some reason my ebook wasn’t listed in the Arthurian section of the Kindle Store. Amazon asked me to send them the categories I wanted my book in so they could change it, which I did this morning. They were very helpful. My book should soon appear in the categories:

Kindle store > kindle ebooks > science fiction & fantasy > fantasy > humor > arthurian

and

Kindle store > kindle ebook > science fiction & fantasy > fantasy > humor > myths & legends

which are smaller sub-categories where it possible for customers to find it. Hurray!

Choosing Amazon Categories and Keywords

If you have some books published on Amazon via KDP, I’d say it’s worth checking to see your keywords and categories are correctly listed on your book’s Amazon page, because the categories on your KDP bookshelf don’t exactly match the browse categories. (It has something to do with BISAC – the way books are categorised.) Be wary. Your keywords could be doing nothing to help readers find your ebook – so check after publication that you can find it on Amazon in the Kindle Store like a customer would.

For Amazon’s advice on how to select categories, click here.

For more info on selecting browse categories, the KDP help page is here.

Well, I’m glad I emailed Amazon and learnt what had gone wrong. It wasn’t obvious!

(I just checked on Amazon. My book’s now added to Kindle store > kindle ebooks > science fiction & fantasy > fantasy > arthurian, where it belongs.)

Now that my book is visible again, I’ll have to trick some people into buying it. I’ve been reading about hypnotic suggestion and mind control – so look into my eyes.

You are feeling sleepy. Very sleepy.

You want to buy a humorous novel about King Arthur …