Koping with Keywords.

I have a bad habit, when it comes to how I set my books up on KDP. And that bad habit is one-word keywords. To be fair, it wasn’t a habit I knew I had – to me, Keywords is keywords is keywords. However, as it turns out, this isn’t really a good idea. Thankfully on Kboards, the wonderful Stella Wilkinson made a fairly big post about Amazon keywords and how to use them, because as she says:

While I think that covers and blurbs generate sales, your keywords generate people looking at the book in the first place.

I’m pretty happy with my covers and Blurbs, but the keywords were fairly basic. mainly the obvious ones like “Werewolves” and “Western.” Looking at those, and reading through Stella’s post, it’s pretty obvious that those would bring back THOUSANDS of results, and my beloved stories would be very quickly lost in the shuffle. So I went through and changed the keywords on every single High Moon Rising books to:

Werewolves romance fantasy, western cowboy action, paranormal fantasy, historical western fantasy, weird west, gunslingers action, shifter romance

Now, I will admit that some of these are a bit cheeky. There are romance elements in my stores, but they’re far from the main part of it. nevertheless, I figured I’d give it a try. I don’t know whether it will have long term payoff, but literally five minutes after changing them, I had my first sale in about three days. – although I’ve had over 1000 Kindle Unlimited pagereads this week, so I can’t complain too much.

Anyways, we shall see how things go with that one. i should probably get back to writing now, rather than dicking around on Kboards and constantly pressing refresh on my sales report page.

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    1. To be honest, I’d read through Stella’s post and come up with your own. The problem with Merchant words is that it will lose you in the shuffle as well.

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          1. Interesting, I’m going to have to try that. First I have to figure out how to get my own name listed as the author. I screwed up when I set up Master for pre-order, and now the illustrator is listed as the author. I’ve already contacted Amazon and thought the problem would be resolved in 24 hours, but nothing has changed. Pisses me off because I don’t want to advertise my book until I’m listed correctly listed on Amazon as the author!

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            1. You can actually change that manually through kdp by going to your contributors and putting yourself as author. I did that one myself when I put my first story up!

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              1. I have changed it! On my bookshelf, I’m listed as the author. For some reason, when I search directly through Amazon Ellie Augsburger is listed. I’ve already contacted Amazon support once about this issue, and was under the impression it was resolved. I’m beginning to think it’s a glitch in their pre-order system. Will call tomorrow to get it squared away, but I’m frustrated because I should be posting links and advertisements for the upcoming release! Until the proper URL is established, I don’t feel comfortable inviting readers to order it.

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