If you want to sell your books on Amazon’s Kindle store, you need to make sure that your books are found.
Yes, I’m stating the blindingly obvious, however from my working with my writing students, I can see that few (meaning NONE) of my students take tagging and categorizing their books as seriously as they should.
I spend at least an hour a day on Amazon, both for research purposes, and to buy books I want to read. My own searches and frustration at “misfiled” books — books in incorrect and misleading categories — mean that I’m more sensitive to this than most authors.
Amazon is a search engine
The big benefit of publishing your books on Amazon is that your books can be easily found. IF you take care with it. Spend some time on Amazon, searching for books. Make a game of it. Pretend you’re looking for books on a specific topic, and see how long it takes you to find the book you want. If you’re serious about making money self-publishing, nothing is more important. If your books aren’t found, no one can buy them.
Research tagging and categories before you upload your next book.
Start with this article, it’s an excellent primer, Uvi Poznansky: Amazon Categories: How Best to Use Them:
“When you upload your book into KDP, you may choose up to two categories. You can also update your categories by going to your Bookshelf, clicking your book title, then Add Categories in a section called Target Your Book to Customers. WhenÂ you do this, you are in fact choosing a browsing path for readers, which consists of a hierarchy of sub-categories. “
If you’re still not sure whether you’ve chosen the right tags and categories, get help on the Kindle forums. You can’t sell your books if the readers who want to buy them can’t find them.
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