Monday, August 5, 2013

Identifying Your Book Categories for Amazon

It’s always a challengeto know what categories to put your book in with Amazon. Initially, you get two slots. Within them, are sub-categories which enable you to drill down from the main category.
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If you start showing sales, contact Amazon via either the “contact us” tab on your page orAuthor Central and ask if you can add additional categories. Once something is submitted, the respond quickly.
Note: If you are planning an Amazon campaign, notify Amazon at least a month before you launch. Do it through the “contact us” tab at the bottom of your Amazon Advantage page that includes “add an item.” Detail what you are planning, suggest how many copies they should have to stock up inventory. Most likely, you will get an order requesting the amount. The next step is to fill it promptly and get your campaign coordinated that will generate sales.
Here’s the main link for all of them:

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