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Offline Mads Sorensen Reading A Quiet Life by Natasha Walter
25 Oct 2013, 05:31 PM | Post: #11

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I agree with Ray on this one. I'm not sure the whole category thing makes that much of a difference.

If you choose an obscure category with the aim of achieving a high ranking more easily, no one will see it because the category is, well, obscure. If you pick a more mainstream category, you'll need a lot of sales to become visible.

What it comes down to is that you need sales, full stop, and you're unlikely to get those by choosing one category over another.

Write books people want to read and there's a chance good things will happen, eventually.
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Offline navlogan Reading Faust 2.0 by Michael Brookes
25 Oct 2013, 05:35 PM | Post: #12

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(25 Oct 2013 05:14 PM)Scribbler Wrote: Wrote:  Nav, I didn't realise that Ireland came under the .com umbrella. Undecided

Yep, Scribbly dude,  it does, so apologies to the Kuf authors if i inadvertably review a book in .com rather than Uk. Sometimes, it lets me post in both, but not always. 
Ray, My novels are set in a fantasy world, so perhaps I get away with it. Liverpool might be classed as a Fantasy world too, but Birmingham ... just kidding!
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(25 Oct 2013 05:35 PM)navlogan Wrote: Wrote:  
(25 Oct 2013 05:14 PM)Scribbler Wrote: Wrote:  Nav, I didn't realise that Ireland came under the .com umbrella. Undecided

Yep, Scribbly dude,  it does, so apologies to the Kuf authors if i inadvertably review a book in .com rather than Uk. Sometimes, it lets me post in both, but not always. 
Ray, My novels are set in a fantasy world, so perhaps I get away with it. Liverpool might be classed as a Fantasy world too, but Birmingham ... just kidding!
Nav, I'm pretty certain Liverpool is real having lived there on and off for at least three decades. Tongue
Offline navlogan Reading Faust 2.0 by Michael Brookes
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This post was last modified: 25 Oct 2013 05:50 PM by navlogan.
(25 Oct 2013 05:44 PM)Scribbler Wrote: Wrote:  
(25 Oct 2013 05:35 PM)navlogan Wrote: Wrote:  
(25 Oct 2013 05:14 PM)Scribbler Wrote: Wrote:  Nav, I didn't realise that Ireland came under the .com umbrella. Undecided

Yep, Scribbly dude,  it does, so apologies to the Kuf authors if i inadvertably review a book in .com rather than Uk. Sometimes, it lets me post in both, but not always. 
Ray, My novels are set in a fantasy world, so perhaps I get away with it. Liverpool might be classed as a Fantasy world too, but Birmingham ... just kidding!
Nav, I'm pretty certain Liverpool is real having lived there on and off for at least three decades. Tongue

Just because it's real doesnt mean its not a fantasy world. I used to live in a block of flats in Bolton, and the things that went on there, you couldn't write about. They would say you were making it up.[Image: smile.gif] I remember  one time, a neighbour of mine came in and said "There's a whole load of streakers out there in the street!" My answer was; "How long have you been living here now? How can you look surprised at something like that?"
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Ha ha! Bolton is a fifteen minute drive away for me, I don't go there often but when I do it's usually to the Middlebrook Retail Park (shopping centre).
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25 Oct 2013, 08:02 PM | Post: #16

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(25 Oct 2013 12:17 AM)Tim_A Wrote: Wrote:  Some of the subcategories are only achieved by adding certain keywords - see https://kdp.amazon.com... for a list. Others I think can only be got by emailing KDP and asking them to put you in that category (no, I don't know what those categories are!) And the categories you can get into seems to be dictated by country too, although there's nothing I've seen that says what categories are or aren't available in a particular country.

It all seems to be rather messy, IMO.

This is a welcome thread for me, as I also read David Gaughran's blog post and was looking to add some subcategories to mine.

One of the Categories which you cannot choose on the KDP dashboard is/was drama. If you want to choose one of the categories that is not on the dashboard, then the only category you must select on the dashboard in Non-Classified, then you email KDP with all the categories you would like them to apply (you have to send the full string i.e. Books > Kindle > Fiction > etc). They will only do this for you if at least one of the categories you want to choose cannot be selected from the dashboard.
Offline alexroddie Reading The Terror by Dan Simmons
25 Oct 2013, 08:32 PM | Post: #17

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(25 Oct 2013 05:31 PM)Mads Sorensen Wrote:  I agree with Ray on this one. I'm not sure the whole category thing makes that much of a difference.

If you choose an obscure category with the aim of achieving a high ranking more easily, no one will see it because the category is, well, obscure. If you pick a more mainstream category, you'll need a lot of sales to become visible.

What it comes down to is that you need sales, full stop, and you're unlikely to get those by choosing one category over another.

Write books people want to read and there's a chance good things will happen, eventually.

I'm not convinced subcategories are as insignificant as you think. For example, the "mountaineering" subcategory has proved very useful to me. Several readers have told me how they regularly browse the top sellers in the mountaineering genre list you see what's new, popular etc.

Plus I'd rather be a big fish in a small pond than small fry in an ocean...
Offline Mads Sorensen Reading A Quiet Life by Natasha Walter
25 Oct 2013, 09:20 PM | Post: #18

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(25 Oct 2013 08:32 PM)alexroddie Wrote: Wrote:  
(25 Oct 2013 05:31 PM)Mads Sorensen Wrote: Wrote:  I agree with Ray on this one. I'm not sure the whole category thing makes that much of a difference.

If you choose an obscure category with the aim of achieving a high ranking more easily, no one will see it because the category is, well, obscure. If you pick a more mainstream category, you'll need a lot of sales to become visible.

What it comes down to is that you need sales, full stop, and you're unlikely to get those by choosing one category over another.

Write books people want to read and there's a chance good things will happen, eventually.

I'm not convinced subcategories are as insignificant as you think. For example, the "mountaineering" subcategory has proved very useful to me. Several readers have told me how they regularly browse the top sellers in the mountaineering genre list you see what's new, popular etc.

Plus I'd rather be a big fish in a small pond than small fry in an ocean...
I agree with you that the right category is important when it's as specific and clear-cut as in your case. What I don't think helps is choosing an obscure, barely appropriate category just because it's easier to get into the Top 100.
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25 Oct 2013, 10:20 PM | Post: #19

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Someone only has to cough near my book and it gets into the Post-Apocalyptic Top 100.

Unfortunately, everyone seems to have been depressingly healthy of late...
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(25 Oct 2013 10:20 PM)Tim_A Wrote: Wrote:  Someone only has to cough near my book and it gets into the Post-Apocalyptic Top 100.
And if they do a bottom burp near your book? Big Grin

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