Author Topic: Series Book Names Issue  (Read 555 times)  

Offline TromboneAl

  • Status: Dostoevsky
  • ******
  • Posts: 3942
  • Name IRL: Al Macy
    • View Profile
Series Book Names Issue
« on: July 18, 2020, 02:52:49 pm »
My four legal thrillers are:

Conclusive Evidence: A Novel
Sufficient Evidence: A Novel
"Damaging Quarantine: A Short Story"

and

Damaging Evidence: A Novel

I made them a series, but because the subtitle of the third doesn't match those of the others, Amazon didn't allow it to be in the series.

I'd like to leave those subtitles on the covers. Is there a way to make these acceptable to Amazon? Remove the subtitles in the descriptions only?

Thanks.
 
Al Macy | Web Site

KBoards.com

  • Advertisement
  • ***

    Online ShayneRutherford

    • Status: Edgar Allan Poe
    • *******
    • Posts: 5153
    • Toronto, Ontario
      • View Profile
      • My Website
    Re: Series Book Names Issue
    « Reply #1 on: July 18, 2020, 04:16:07 pm »
    Thats not why Amazon didnt allow them to be a series. Its because the third one is a short story. Only novels can be in series, if I remember correctly.
             

    Offline TromboneAl

    • Status: Dostoevsky
    • ******
    • Posts: 3942
    • Name IRL: Al Macy
      • View Profile
    Re: Series Book Names Issue
    « Reply #2 on: July 18, 2020, 04:51:16 pm »
    You may be right, although this is what Josy from Amazon said:

    Upon checking the information, I see the subtitle for your books 1, 2 and 4 reads "A Novel", nonetheless, the one for the book 3 reads "A Short Story". We would need the information to match in order to added to the series collection.

    To edit the details of the title from your Bookshelf:
    1. Sign in to: http://kdp.amazon.com
    2. Go to your Bookshelf and click the ellipsis button () under the Book Actions menu next to your book
    3. Select "Edit book details"
    4. In the subtitle box, edit the information as needed.
    5. Scroll to the bottom and click "Save and Continue"
    6. Once you reach the book Pricing page, click the Publish button at the bottom of the page to save your changes
     
    Al Macy | Web Site

    Offline DmGuay

    • Status: Arthur Conan Doyle
    • ****
    • Posts: 586
    • Gender: Female
    • OH
      • View Profile
    Re: Series Book Names Issue
    « Reply #3 on: July 18, 2020, 08:47:34 pm »
    It's true that full length  novels cannot be linked in a series with short stories and novellas.

    (That's why I have one series for my main full books and a separate series for the novellas that go with it.)

    But, as for the above ^^ The subtitle field isn't what needs to match. It's all of the information in the "Series Information" box on the "Edit Book Details" page.
     
    D.M. Guay | Web site

    Offline unkownwriter

    • Status: Edgar Allan Poe
    • *******
    • Posts: 7433
      • View Profile
    Re: Series Book Names Issue
    « Reply #4 on: July 19, 2020, 04:54:36 pm »
    Well, "a novel" really isn't a series name. Why not make that something more memorable? Use it for all books in the series, so they can be linked properly. But the short? I don't think Amazon will link it to the others, especially as you've named it.

    Offline DmGuay

    • Status: Arthur Conan Doyle
    • ****
    • Posts: 586
    • Gender: Female
    • OH
      • View Profile
    Re: Series Book Names Issue
    « Reply #5 on: July 20, 2020, 09:46:29 am »
    Yes. If we're talking about subtitles, that is information Amazon tags to figure out your genre/subgenre and who to market to, so to just use "A novel" is missing an opportunity to tell readers and Amazon what your book is about.

    I'm probably not explaining that well, but better explanations are out there in the author how-to literature.

    As an example for my current series.
    The series name for the main full length series is : 24/7 Demon Mart (My novella series is 24/7 Demon Mart Stories.)
    The subtitle of book one is "A horror comedy" and for book 2 "A zombie comedy."
    Those hit  the tropes people might be searching for on Amazon.

    Hope that helps.
     
    D.M. Guay | Web site

    Offline TromboneAl

    • Status: Dostoevsky
    • ******
    • Posts: 3942
    • Name IRL: Al Macy
      • View Profile
    Re: Series Book Names Issue
    « Reply #6 on: July 20, 2020, 05:38:42 pm »
    Thanks, I won't waste any more time on it. I'll possibly have a separate series subtitled "Goodlove and Shek Shorts" OSLT.

    I hear you on wasting the subtitle with "A Novel," and I've followed that advice with my other books. I like "A Novel," but maybe only because it seems more high class to me?? I'll reconsider.

     
    Al Macy | Web Site

    Offline jvin248

    • Status: Scheherazade
    • *****
    • Posts: 1067
      • View Profile
      • J Gordon Smith - Official Author Weblog
    Re: Series Book Names Issue
    « Reply #7 on: July 21, 2020, 05:38:21 am »
    .

    +1 the subtitle is a missed opportunity. You could use it as "A TromboneAl Detective Adventure" for all of them to show they fit together, separate them from another series you have, plus reinforce the genre.

    .
           

    KBoards.com

    • Advertisement
    • ***