Hi there 👋
The great thing about publishing is that you learn new things all the time, no matter how long you’ve been in the business.
Last week, I found out about the Amazon URL thing, which I shared with you in my marketing blast. Just yesterday, I learned another pretty cool thing — this time from David Gaughran — about Amazon categories. So that is what this week’s newsletter is all about!
If you’ve ever published a book through KDP, you’ll know that you get to pick two Kindle Store categories where your book will be listed. This decision that can literally make or break your book, as it will impact (among other things):
Where your book shows up on Amazon, and how readers will find it;
How Amazon will recommend it (if they do) in their automated emails;
Your chances of getting an orange “Bestseller” sticker.
But this doesn’t mean that your book will only show up in two categories. I’ll explain below how you can get it featured in more, but for now, let’s answer the most important question:
How do I find out which Amazon categories my book is listed in?
Go to your book’s page on Amazon and scroll down. You’ll probably see the ranking of your book in the two Kindle categories you selected. We’ll use Amor Towles’ historical fiction A Gentleman in Moscow as an example today: