Friday, April 10, 2015

How 2 Get Your Book in the Top 100 Bestsellers in Their Categories’

Odd as it may seem you don’t need to understand rocket science to get your book(s) ranked in the top 100 Bestsellers of their categories! Know because I've done this! And though my books bop in and out they are much easier to find because Amazon promotes their Indie published authors’ books that have achieved this, so here’s the skinny!!

Making sure your book(s) in the right category is VERY IMPORTANT! So important is this that Amazon has an area titled Selecting Browsed Categories’ where their Kindle authors are able to see the most shopped categories select those that suite their book(s) best. Click this link and you’ll be there:

 Checking the BISG INTERNATIONAL & NECESSARY for the tags libraries use is a MUST! Afterward look at the info found under META DATA:, because that's CRITICAL!

Armed now with better options, I want you to know that when words are grouped together like: Books> Politics & Social Sciences> Social Sciences > Popular Culture, Amazon’s system often reads all these words as one word because they are grouped together. Instead of counting the seven words Amazon allows, paste the words in and let the system tell you when you've reached your quota.

Furthermore, as an Amazon published author, you can change Tags and Meta Data selections until you find what works for your book(s). Since the system locked my changes in after three times, I suggest you make your changes thoughtfully.

 As and Indie Author published by Create Space and Amazon, you have more Categories and Meta Data than a publisher is allowed. And because you can change your options, check to see if what you chose is working. You'll know when you see more sales, Kindle Unlimited borrows, and a bettor ranking of your book.

Every time someone tells you they read and loved your book, asking them to post a comment or two in the review section lets them know that they don’t have to be a professional writer.

If you meet authors whose book(s) you’d like to read asking them to gift you one so you can write a review to place on that books Amazon page is a win-win for both of you. For the author they get a writers comments. For you, if you do as I suggest and add a little something about yourself, the reader of you review may buy the book you reviewed and yours as well. Once I've finished writing my review, I skip a line and add, Paula Rose Michelson is the author of Romantic Inspirational Fiction, biblically based Christian Self-help, Political Nonfiction, as well as Works Written to Encourage. Her books are available on Amazon.

Many authors’ think it’s a waste of time to write reviews. However, there are three good reasons to do this:
1.) Amazon ranks nonprofessional reviewers by consumer satisfaction and lists the top 1000. A few of my author friends are in that group, and I hope to join them someday.
2). When you write a review for a book, making sure it’s at least a 4 star review, you now have literary friend who will probably want to help you.
3). As an Amazon reviewer, I’ve set up my reviewers Amazon page, and because Amazon keeps track of how many times a shopper bought a book I've reviewed, I know how effective my reviews are. This is a great learning tool! You can read some of my reviews and see my review status at:

Having become active on Social Media, I’m writing about the five I use, namely Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, Google + and Twitter, where you can further bless the author whose book you reviewed by posting it on the authors Facebook and author page, in the groups you belong to when applicable, blog your review including info about the author and the link to their book, and using the Blogger options Tweet, and post on Google +.

A few hours of reading a book, and perhaps another hour of doing all I suggest makes you a valuable and true friend over and over again. And since friends love to reciprocate more often than not you’ll find them asking what they can do to help you.

If you think all of this will take too much time away from your writing, do one thing. Since Tweeter, based on the potential number of people reached, will give the most bang for the least amount of time, I suggest you start there. For those who do not have a Twitter account or whose number of followers is anemic, I urge you to NOT follow people. You'll do MUCH BETTER if you post a few interesting Tweets about yourself, a few pictures, a link to something you like, a tidbit about your book. Then type what you’re looking for into the search bar and selecting those tweets that someone tweeted which interest, affirm you and/or your work, tweet that tweet and wait for that person to tweet one of yours. I say this because all too often those new to Twitter follow the allowed 2000 and then have to wait until the number of people following them increases, or they opt, as I did, to use Crowdfire so they can unfollow those who aren’t following them. Though this app is free it is far easier to not create than to fix an issue.

As an author of Christian books, if you’d like you can ask to join any or all of my three groups on Facebook where we endeavored to help each other, which means, you'll have to be actively involved to receive the blessings!

About Author, Paula Rose Michelson
Paula Rose Michelson began her writing career at age fifteen when she agreed to write a weekly 'Teen Scene' column for a San Diego paper. Married to the love of her life at 20, Paula is the mother of two, grandmother of seven, and the wife of Lutheran Pastor and Chosen People Field Missionary, Ron Michelson. Ron continues to encourage Paula to write flinch-free Christian fiction and nonfiction. He recently applauded her desire to write books dealing with life issues from a more secular viewpoint, so those who seek will find. 

For The Naomi Chronicles saga, Paula researched what befell the Jews during and after the Spanish and Mexican Inquisitions, thinking to use that background in her heroine's story. Aware that life, love, choices, and forgiveness were what she wanted to write about, Paula was surprised and blessed when Naomi shared her harrowing story with her. Readers who like inspirational fiction with a Messianic twist and a hint of history, will enjoy 'The Naomi Chronicles'.

Recently, feeling a heart-call to write shorter works of fiction, Paula realized her books are about choices, how they challenge and change us and help us develop wisdom and insight. In her newly released short novella 'The Time Between', readers looking for a more real and raw story will find one. The compelling characters draw the reader into what one reviewer called, "A riveting can't put down, fiction that only the head of LAMB Ministries could write in such a compelling way that you become the characters you are reading about, which is a complete departure from what this author has written before."

Since Paula continues the work the Lord called her to when LAMB Ministries was formed in 1988, she uses God's Word and what he sifted from her work as Chemical Dependency - Lifestyle Disorder Councilor, to equip women with biblical tools to recover from trauma and abuse. Some of the tools are found in the pages of her books, for Paula knows the issues found in her characters are seen in survivors trying to hide their pain. Thus this author continues her work by writing books to inspire others to overcome.

Paula Rose Michelson is the Founder/Facilitator: LAMB Ministries - since 1988 offering biblical recover for women suffering from trauma & abuse
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