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Offline mtgallowglas

New Sub-Categories on Amazon
« on: May 17, 2013, 09:22:55 PM »
Hey everyone.

I noticed that Amazon added a bunch of new sub-lists in the Science Fiction and Fantasy categories in the Kindle store. I recommend taking a look and seeing if your books might fit into any new categories, especially if they are less competitive than the ones your books are in now. You might be able to get your book onto a bestseller list by a simple list change.

I've had some success just using the sub-category list title as a key word in each of my book's KDP profile. I'm playing around with it across my titles today. I'll keep you posted on how it goes.

Offline JordanBaker

Re: New Sub-Categories on Amazon
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2013, 06:20:03 PM »
I'm not sure how sub categories work. The main listing on the Amazon page just says "Amazon Best Sellers Rank:" but my books have shown up in different subcategories, which seem to magically appear then disappear. The first book in the series even made it to the Top 100 Bestsellers #98 in KindleStore Epic Fantasy category last week, but only for an hour, then the subcategory disappeared again. It was exciting to see though. :)

I have seen other book listings with subcategories listed and ranking numbers, so I assume the subcategories activate at some point, but I'm not sure. I am curious about your experiences with keywords as I don't quite understand how those things work on Amazon but if it made it easier for people to find the books if they are looking for fantasy that might be helpful.
« Last Edit: June 24, 2013, 07:28:30 AM by JordanBaker »
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Offline Ros

Re: New Sub-Categories on Amazon
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2013, 09:44:57 AM »
That's great news for anyone writing low, historical or coming-of-age fantasy. My book doesn't really fit into any of these, so I'll be leaving it in the rather more crowded urban category. Hopefully they will even out a bit as authors realise there's an opportunity here for much more visibility.

Offline HPanda

Re: New Sub-Categories on Amazon
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2013, 11:57:33 AM »
I've found that the categories are kind of weird. I recently published a book, played around with the categories and keywords, and managed to get into eight categories. Not bad, but it was missing young adult and sword & sorcery, both of which were very much needed. There's a guide on KDP now about the new categories and how to get into them, but some of their keywords still don't work. Still have no idea how to get into "Sword and Sorcery" since their suggested keyword of "sword" does not work for it.

It was fun to see my work in the top 10 of Fantasy-Children-Coming of Age for a little while, but looks like they moved me out of that one when they finally put me into Teen and Young Adult.

Offline Shadowhand

Re: New Sub-Categories on Amazon
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2013, 06:36:01 AM »
I've used "Sword and Sorcery" and both "sword" and "sorcery" and had inconsistent results. I'm not sure why they just don't have subcategories available in the KDP form that match their Kindle departments. I'd love to know what other keywords folks are using and if it has helped with category placement. Is there another thread on this topic?
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Offline mtgallowglas

Re: New Sub-Categories on Amazon
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2013, 05:19:10 PM »
You can email the help/support and they should put your books in the appropriate lists.

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Re: New Sub-Categories on Amazon
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2013, 04:19:29 PM »
Is it more effective to choose a single sub-genre for your cross-genre work, or assign it into two?
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Offline mtgallowglas

Re: New Sub-Categories on Amazon
« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2013, 07:20:39 PM »
I'm a big fan of putting may book into as many different lists/categories as I can to potentially reach more long as those lists/categories are appropriate to the book.