This past weekend (Saturday) I uploaded one of my novels to make it available on the DTP. It went live on Monday. My problem is that I can't see where it's being made available to readers. I can find it if I search for the title, 'When The Spirit Moves You,' but unless you know to look for it, how do you find it?
This novel is a paranormal time-travel suspense with romantic involvements. Since you don't have a Paranormal category, when I entered the descriptive information, I selected:
Fiction> Mystery & Detective> General
Fiction> Romance> Historical, and
because they seemed closest to the story themes. However, when you're searching Kindle books, there is no Fiction> Ghost category. There is likewise no Fiction> Occult, and no Fiction> Suspense. Although there is no Fiction> Mystery & Detective> General, there is a Fiction> Mystery & Thriller category. There is also a Romance> Fantasy, Futuristic & Ghost category, although that's not listed among the options to authors submitting books.
I have to question why the great disparity between categories the author must choose, and those the readers must choose. On Monday evening I searched through the entire list of titles available under Fantasy, Futuristic and Ghost. Given the categories I had selected, I figured that if it was listed on Amazon, it had to be here. But it was not among the 395 novels in that category. I've tried some of the other categories, sorting the list on publication date so I wouldn't have to search the entire group, and was not able to find my book anywhere. So the question begs to be answered: "How can readers find and select my book if it's not listed among the offerings, unless you KNOW to search for the title?"
i can't comment on why the categories you can select in DTP don't match what's in the catalog (i don't think i've ever seen an explanation of that one!), but it apparently takes a while - several days, sometimes longer - for a title to appear in any categories.
I have to wonder if the category choices offered to authors are a revised list that they intend to offer to readers at some point, or if the left hand simply doesn't know what the right hand is doing.
Since it's time consuming to upload books, I suppose that I won't be submitting any of my other novels. There's little point if they won't be found during searches by readers. Should the problem at Kindle be resolved, I'll reconsider.
well, i'd certainly encourage you to at least consider putting your books on mobipocket. for one thing, that's a completely different approach (which is a fair bit easier), and can get your books wider exposure, including to amazon's kindle store.
the only downside that i'm aware of is that - as far as i'm aware - Mobi only lets you put your book in a single primary category (at least on its own site); i'm not sure how that translates into how it appears on amazon, but i'm assuming that it stays the same.