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Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
Screen copy of my books page... Nice to know the book ratings are now noticed and in view as a whole, however I am sure it will mean even more to people when they get poor reviews for no reason, I wonder if they are linked?

    #8 Top Rated in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Advice & How-to > Parenting & Families > Family Relationships > Dysfunctional Relationships
    #9 Top Rated in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Advice & How-to > Parenting & Families > Adoption
    #10 Top Rated in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Advice & How-to > Parenting & Families > Family Relationships > Divorce

Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,575 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

    #2 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Advice & How-to > Parenting & Families > Adoption
    #3 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Advice & How-to > Parenting & Families > Family Relationships > Divorce
    #4 in Books > Parenting & Families > Adoption

 

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Monique said:
That's been coming and going for me for about a month. I wish it would stay put.
Really? Blimey where have mine been then? ???
 

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You need to reach a certain rank in order to get that.

What I want to know is where/how do you get all those sub categories?
My book is in the "fiction" category. There aren't any sub categories listed that it fit into that I could choose.
But I see all these books with long strings of sub categories, as above. How are these figured? Anyone know?
 

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Katy said:
You need to reach a certain rank in order to get that.

What I want to know is where/how do you get all those sub categories?
My book is in the "fiction" category. There aren't any sub categories listed that it fit into that I could choose.
But I see all these books with long strings of sub categories, as above. How are these figured? Anyone know?
Sometimes I have subcategories and sometimes I don't.

I think it has mainly to do with relative rank -- that is, if your book is in subcategories with a lot of competition, you have to be doing really well or the competition has to be doing really badly for you to get in that top 100 that makes the subcategory show up.

How you get IN these categories? I haven't a clue. I have to assume it's partly how you choose your own catagories, but there is clearly something else which helps -- perhaps the algorithm, perhaps the people who review your submissions and process it.

Camille
 

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On the page where you uploaded your book to the DTP platform, you were given an opportunity to choose two categories for your books.  It is actually really important that you think about what category your book will get the most exposure and have the least competition.  So, Daughter of Time is in fiction>fantasy>historical and fiction>romance>time travel.

Sometimes Amazon will put your books into a category that seems appropriate to them (thus, my time travel series remains in 'travel' books, which I continue to find deeply amusing).  Thus, Daughter of Time's present ranking is:

Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,175 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#1 in Books > Travel > Europe > Great Britain > Wales
#4 in Books > History > Europe > Wales
#9 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Fantasy > Historical

It has a ranking in other categories too (e.g. time travel books) but these are the three top 100 listing in which it has the highest ranking. 

In the UK store it looks like this:
Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,659 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#13 in Books > Fiction > Romance > Time Travel
#21 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Fantasy > Historical

 

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The system makes some strange selections at times.

I have a single short story which appears now and then in the science fiction anthology bestseller lists. Luckily, I have had no returns (my description is very clear on the length).

Strangely, my other e-book is a two-story collection, but never appears in anthology lists.
 

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Katy said:
You need to reach a certain rank in order to get that.

What I want to know is where/how do you get all those sub categories?
My book is in the "fiction" category. There aren't any sub categories listed that it fit into that I could choose.
But I see all these books with long strings of sub categories, as above. How are these figured? Anyone know?
I really don't have a clue how I got them. I chose two main categories but that's where my input stopped. ???
 

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Sometimes those crazy selections are crazy like a fox.  (And they are probably based on user data.)

So that time travel book that takes place in Wales?  People who are interested in Wales undoubtedly have a higher incidence of reading fiction about Wales.

Camille
 
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