One of the things I find most interesting, looking at it now, is how a novel is classified into its subcategories, particularly on Amazon.
My editor recommended this particular book be placed into the young adult & science fiction genres as it involved a protagonist who is maturing into his own life experiences. I didn’t disagree with her there. It was when I was categorizing it for Amazon where a bit more of a challenge for me arose…
This book isn’t entirely sci-fi from page 1 to the end – at least not in the traditional sense. There is a tie-in to a very personal human experience – of family abuse and neglect – that has to be navigated and resolved by a human protagonist, and it made me wonder how it would be received by readers. I figured it would be dependent on whether the reader had certain expectations about how the book was going to go based on the genre and I ended up kiboshing those expectations fairly early on.
I ended up doing quite a bit of internal debate before I ended up with the categories I chose… they were as close as I was going to get to what made sense. Although it did feel like I was trying to fit a round peg into a square hole at times. Does Amazon ever change its (sub)categories, or have they stayed fairly consistent over time?
It’s been an eventful week since publishing The Plan: Part 1 almost a week ago!
Note to self – being enrolled in KDP only allows you the option of either a FREE book promotion or a Kindle countdown within a 90-day period – not both. I was following some rather dated advice (in the internet age, advice from 2019 indeed IS dated), from a few prior published authors and if you are considering publishing on KDP in the future, at least this advice is current as of today – December 9 2020!
I had to update a number of promotional sites mid-stream when I realized I couldn’t do a multi-priced approach within KDP and did my best to inform all the book sites I was launching with. My book has had to revert back to the original sticker price of $2.99 after a brief free promotional period. So I apologize for any confusion when the sticker price is now $2.99 USD…
A unique blend of self help psychology and Sci fi. Leaves you wanting more while giving a satisfying conclusion. Great first book.
D. Brazelton (Amazon.com)
Some initial reviews have been encouraging! I hope you get to enjoy book when you get your hands on it and definitely all reviews are greatly appreciated. =)
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Whooo, it’s so exciting to say today my book has been launched into the giant e-jungles of Amazon.com, Amazon UK and a host of other Amazon sites! For the tree-lover in me, I am encouraging you to go the e-book route!!
Interested in a free sci-fi e-book?
There will be a promotion price on the book soon… check back in a few days!
Thanks so much for visiting my page. If you haven’t had a chance to read The Plan, it’s now available as a Preorder HERE on Amazon Kindle as an e-book & for all of you who love your hardcopies, paperback. It’s been a great year for reading & hibernating… and I hope you get to round out 2020 with some great reads. Stay safe.
“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” — Neil Gaiman