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

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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.

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