Amazon keywords fu (or: How we realized that we were missing some important details)

Cold Saké, Publishing Business

sign saying be aware of invisibility

Photo by babyCreative.

Today we realized that certain book categories on Amazon require selecting from an array of certain sub-category keywords in order to show up in browser listings.

In order to list your title in certain sub-categories, you’ll need to add Search Keywords in addition to the categories you choose for your title. Click a category in the list below to see the keyword requirements.


Science Fiction & Fantasy


Teen & Young Adult

Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense

Comics & Graphic Novels

Literature & Fiction

Not sure how to place this unique book, we had categorized Cold Saké under two of these: Science Fiction & Fantasy; and Literature & Fiction (historical). Therefore, we had to include in our 7 keywords a keyword from a select list for each of these categories, or the book would not surface there.

We have no illusions about how quickly this book by a new author might be discovered—and we haven’t even run any free book promotions yet—but with sales we can count on our fingers, we figured it certainly wouldn’t hurt to rejigger our keywords to hopefully help surface the book in front of more readers who actually might enjoy the tale.

Amazon says the new keywords will take up to 12 hours to go live, so we won’t expect to land on the bestseller lists at least until the weekend. Realistically speaking, of course.

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.