The Heidi Thorne Show

Did Amazon Put Your Book in the Wrong Category? | Episode 168

November 17, 2020

When you upload your book manuscript to KDP, you’ll be asked to choose two categories for your book. This is a very important decision because it signals to KDP where you think your book should appear on Amazon. But those aren't the only categories in which your book will appear. And what if Amazon places your book where you think it doesn't belong?

In this episode, I explain how categories work for books on Amazon that are self publishing on Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), and what you can and cannot do about it.

Blog: Choosing Categories for Your Self Published Book on Amazon

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Timestamp show notes (click on timestamp to view segment on YouTube):

0:10 Did Amazon put this author's book in the wrong category?

0:43 How you choose categories for your self published book on KDP

1:07 What are BISAC categories?

1:42 What are browsing categories on Amazon?

3:28 How to find out where your book places in categories

5:14 Can you change your book's categories?

7:20 Sales rank issue that freaks out self published authors

8:24 Why you need to stop obsessing over categories and sales rank on Amazon

10:05 How to connect with Heidi