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 …

 

 

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Guest Interview: Tony Leslie Duxbury

Guest Interview: Tony Leslie Duxbury

Tony Leslie Duxbury is the author of The Adventures of Jojo Smith – a  light-hearted fantasy novel about a young man who is accidentally transported to an alien world.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Adventures-JoJo-Smith-Leslie-Duxbury-ebook/dp/B00EIPXJBA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1428429411&sr=8-1&keywords=tony+leslie+duxbury

 

Q: What should readers know about your writing?

TONY LESLIE DUXBURY: I don’t try to write what is termed literature. I write entertainment. Maybe my work will provoke some thoughts, but that’s not why I write it. I have no ‘truths’ to tell. I love stories, so that is what I write. One thread I’ve noticed that seems to run through all my work is change. All my main characters seem to experience some sort of change during the course of the story. That may be a parallel with my own life. It has taken a direction away for the path that I was supposed to follow.

Q: What inspires you to write?

TONY LESLIE DUXBURY: There’s no hard and fast answer to that question. I started off with the idea ‘What if I could really write something?’ Then when I had finished my first novel I realized that I had enjoyed it so much that I just had to continue.

Q: What advice would you give to other writers?

TONY LESLIE DUXBURY: Just write about what you like in your own style.

Q: What are you working on now right now?

TONY LESLIE DUXBURY: I’m in the process of reviewing and cleaning up my second novel, but my main activity at the moment is promoting my first and only published novel.

Q: Which writers are your favourites?

TONY LESLIE DUXBURY: As an avid fantasy fan I would have to say that Tolkien is my all time favourite, but over the last few years I’ve discovered others that I enjoy just as much.

ME: Thank you for answering my questions, Tony.

Tony Leslie Duxbury’s first book is available on Amazon and Goodreads.

Here are links to the book on Amazon UK and Amazon US.