Back in late May I submitted An Unproductive Woman (AUW) into Amazon’s KDP Select program. Since then I haven’t seen a massive jump in sales but in all honesty, I didn’t expect to. One of the reasons I decided to go with KDP Select has to do with my lack of time to promote AUW. Making my book available at multiple outlets, in my opinion, did nothing to help (or hurt) sales. I figured that simplification and consolidation would make my life easier. I also wanted to see if the increased exposure on Amazon would help.
Meh. Not so much. That said, despite only a nominal increase in sales, I figure I’ve still come out ahead if I don’t have to think about what I’m doing and where with AUW. This gives me head space to think about and write my next novel.
About two weeks ago I took advantage of KDP Select’s free promotion. Those signed up with KDP Select are allotted 5 days in every 90 day cycle to promote their books for free. To me, the potential benefit was clear. More people would have an opportunity to read and hopefully review my book which should turn into increased sales. Right?
I was stunned to see after less than 24 hours that there were nearly 700 downloads of AUW. After five consecutive days, total downloads were a little more than 1200. Certainly not stunning, but it is nice knowing that over 1200 people have my book in their Kindles. If even 10% eventually read AUW… Wow, wouldn’t that be grand? I mean, isn’t that what we writers want more than anything? To be read? Within a few days my humble little first novel garnered two 4 star reviews. I was tickled to have those reviews and I am hoping for more.
I noticed something that disturbed me though. At first I thought it hilarious, but now I find it more than a little annoying. What, you ask?
Let me preface this by saying that I’m not snobby and I don’t think I’m the next Jane Eyre or anything but— Okay, I’ll tell you.
In the Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought section, the selection of related books are, shall we say, sort of trashy. All of them. To give you an idea of what I mean, one book is titled Ghetto Pocahontas.
How did this happen?
I started to worry that perhaps I assigned AUW to the wrong genre. I know that there are a lot of people out there, actually more than I ever thought, who enjoy the risqué and romantic. I’m not one of those people. I’m really not one of those people. (Hold on a sec while I try not to erk.) I’m also not a literature snob…ok, maybe I am, a little, but the caliber of book associated with mine is, at least to me, appallingly cheap and cheesy.
Big Girls Need Love?
A Child of a Crackhead?
Sucka For Love??????
I am certainly not passing judgment on the people read this stuff, because I want them to read my stuff too, but the fact is, I don’t want my book lumped into the same category or on the same page as those other ones. I’m worried that people who happen to peruse my title will see those related titles and peruse right away from my page thinking that my book is written in the same vain. I would.
I love how Amazon seems to know exactly what I am thinking and what I want. When I type the web address into my search bar and the Amazon home page pops up their little cookie algorithm psychics are able to match me up with products and titles based not just my previous purchases, but also on things I’ve merely looked at before.
AUW is currently listed in the contemporary fiction section and literary fiction. I’m thinking of removing it from the contemporary section as the books that I believe are most like mine are listed in literary fiction.
So what happened? How did the reader of Ghetto Pocahontas stumble upon my book? And is there any possible way to make Amazon stop telling people about it?