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Samuel Helms

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Series page on Amazon
Posted: Jan 2, 2018 4:29 PM
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Hi all,

After reading the "how-to" pages on creating a series bundle page for our monthly series of short stories, I emailed Amazon KDP with the request and would like some help understanding their response.

A co-author and I started a monthly series called SideFX May Include with two stories currently released and the third coming this Saturday (Jan 6, 2018). The two current titles are That Bastard Behind the Glass ( https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0771W84HS ) and The Story of 2nd Avenue ( https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077VSR5B8 ). When I entered these titles into the KDP Bookshelf, I added the name of the series and the number for each title (Bastard is 1, Second Av is 2, Storm will be 3).

The response I got from Amazon (full text below) said that they consider "book titles, volume numbers in titles, descriptions, cover images, Look Inside the Book features, About the book sections, customer reviews, author’s biography, author’s official webpage" for the series and that the "'Content Quality' team unable to verify (the titles) with other aspects (i.e.cover images, descriptions etc...)."

What sorts of other things should we add to the titles for the Content Quality team to create a series?

For example, in the descriptions, we could probably add "In this second installment of..." or something to that effect. Does anyone have other tips?

Thanks!


I've worked with the technical team and they informed that, currently we are creating series bundle page only for the books which are in ordered series.

Our technical team have checked and unable to confirm your books are in the ordered series. In this case, they are unable to create a series page for your books. I apologize for any disappointment this may cause.

I want to let you know that, there are more numbers of factors involved in deciding whether an eBook follows the sequential pattern, which is highly necessary for creating a Series bundle Page.

As part of our review, we take some or all of the following into account: book titles, volume numbers in titles, descriptions, cover images, Look Inside the Book features, About the book sections, customer reviews, author’s biography, author’s official webpage.

In this case, although you've edited the Series Volume number details for all three eBook in this Series, our 'Content Quality' team unable to verify it with other aspects (i.e.cover images, descriptions etc...).

Ralph E Vaughan

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Re: Series page on Amazon
Posted: Jan 2, 2018 8:17 PM   in response to: Samuel Helms in response to: Samuel Helms
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At a guess, part of it may be ... your series title is unclear:

SideFX May Include...a Zombie Apocalypse series Book

According to your cover, the series is SideFX May Include but evidently you've also put in a desc*ription of your series: a Zombie Apocalypse Series. If what you've put in your metadata is actually the full name of the series, why isn't it on the cover? If what's on the cover is the series title, why stick an explanation in the metadata, actually including the word "series?" It confuses me.
C. Gold

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Re: Series page on Amazon
Posted: Jan 2, 2018 8:42 PM   in response to: Ralph E Vaughan in response to: Ralph E Vaughan
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Ralph is correct.

That Bast*rd Behind the Glass
A Side FX May Include Story

The Story of 2nd Avenue
A SideFX May Include Story

These are not numbered series covers. They are like my short story where I say it's a short story in the Darklight Universe. This is a non-numbered story in your universe. If you want to get a series page, the COVER needs to be labeled as such.

Also your title in the text is way too long. Is it a SideFX May Include series or is it a Zombie Apocalypse Series (too generic) Book 1/2?

Your cover and text title should BOTH be the following:

That Bast*rd Behind the Glass
Side FX May Include: Book 1

The Story of 2nd Avenue
SideFX May Include: Book 2
Samuel Helms

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Re: Series page on Amazon
Posted: Jan 3, 2018 7:53 AM   in response to: C. Gold in response to: C. Gold
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Thanks you two!

You bring up a good point about the series vs. collection of short stories idea. The stories don't follow a linear path even though the overall setting is the same. Each short story has different characters (usually) with a different plotline. People don't have to read them in a linear order to keep up with the storyline.

In that case, perhaps this isn't really a series. Still, is there a way to link the books in some fashion on the Amazon page? The reason I was thinking of the series page is that it would help readers see the whole collection of stories at once. The way it is currently set up is each one is out there on its own page Come to think of it, I don't see many pages on Amazon that link books together into a single page--I usually look at the "Frequently Bought Together" or the "Readers also looked at..." in order to see if there are any other books by the author.
Moshe Ben-Or

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Re: Series page on Amazon
Posted: Jan 8, 2018 11:04 AM   in response to: Samuel Helms in response to: Samuel Helms
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Samuel Helms wrote:
Thanks you two!

You bring up a good point about the series vs. collection of short stories idea. The stories don't follow a linear path even though the overall setting is the same. Each short story has different characters (usually) with a different plotline. People don't have to read them in a linear order to keep up with the storyline.

In that case, perhaps this isn't really a series. Still, is there a way to link the books in some fashion on the Amazon page? The reason I was thinking of the series page is that it would help readers see the whole collection of stories at once. The way it is currently set up is each one is out there on its own page Come to think of it, I don't see many pages on Amazon that link books together into a single page--I usually look at the "Frequently Bought Together" or the "Readers also looked at..." in order to see if there are any other books by the author.


The simple solution to your problem is to link each book to the next by putting appropriate links at the end of each book. What do you care about some Zon page? The goal is to get the reader to buy the next book!
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