Those of you who read my blog posts on a regular basis know that I often write about the importance of categories for your books and ebooks on Amazon. I also write about contacting KDP via email to correct mistakes that crop up in a book’s categories.
Recently I noticed that “nonfiction” had mysteriously been added to my women’s friendship novel MRS. LIEUTENANT on the book’s Kindle sales page:
Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > War
Books > Literature & Fiction > Women’s Fiction > Friendship
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > War
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Women’s Fiction
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction
Of course I emailed KDP days ago to please remove this. I was assured this would be done — and as you can see from the above listing, I am still waiting.
In fact, I suspect this will be a major undertaking to get nonfiction removed because MRS. LIEUTENANT was an early book on Kindle and this request, as in past issues, will probably have to be “bumped up” to the “tech” team to get resolved over several weeks.
The bigger question at this point is why would a book so clearly labeled as a novel, including in its subtitle, get a nonfiction classification?
Yes, I quote from historical documents in the book. But I make it very clear that the story — while inspired by my time as a new Mrs. Lieutenant in the spring of 1970 — is a fictionalized account.
As I write this blog post (and this will change very soon) MRS. LIEUTENANT is #1 in free nonfiction. I can only hope that people who go to download the book will see the subtitle A WOMEN’S FRIENDSHIP NOVEL and understand that Kindle has mistakenly categorized the book.
Meanwhile, I hope that in the future, when my work-in-progress TALES OF AN AMERICAN OCCUPYING GERMANY: A COLD WAR MEMOIR is published and this book is nonfiction, Kindle will not arbitrarily decide to place it in fiction.
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Phyllis Zimbler Miller is the author of fiction and nonfiction books/ebooks, including TOP TIPS FOR HOW TO PUBLISH AND MARKET YOUR BOOK IN THE AGE OF AMAZON and the romantic suspense spy thriller CIA FALL GUY.