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Ah, those categories are a pain. Too much choice. Apparently, you can email to request further categories.

You might struggle with a notebook, unless it's super specific/niche. Funnily enough, my only sales have been for books with specific uses for a niche topic.
 

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Ah, those categories are a pain. Too much choice. Apparently, you can email to request further categories.

You might struggle with a notebook, unless it's super specific/niche. Funnily enough, my only sales have been for books with specific uses for a niche topic.
Yes, you are right that notebooks aren't really where it's at. I made one just to get to know Canva and the general process but i will probably get into higher content books soon. I'm frustrated at how little time I have to work on these just now but I am still managing to think of ideas so I'm noting those as I go.

Really pleased things are up and running for you and you have been making sales, that is so great (y)!
 
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Also be careful to not use keywords in your author name. Amazon don't like that.
 

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Thanks for the tip @amyjay !

I'm really confused/frustrated at the categories because I'd researched where exactly in the tree structure I would like to use my two categories. I know that the UK/USA category tree structure might differ so I prepared for either market but couldn't find the path to any of my researched sub category areas. Think I'll just have to pick whatever I see fits best rather than what I've researched until I understand what it is that I'm seeing.
 

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Thanks for the tip @amyjay !

I'm really confused/frustrated at the categories because I'd researched where exactly in the tree structure I would like to use my two categories. I know that the UK/USA category tree structure might differ so I prepared for either market but couldn't find the path to any of my researched sub category areas. Think I'll just have to pick whatever I see fits best rather than what I've researched until I understand what it is that I'm seeing.
The categories you pick when you upload your book are not all the categories.

Once you've uploaded and been approved, in the contact us section, You can add extra categories. Categories are different on all marketplaces.
 

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The categories you pick when you upload your book are not all the categories.

Once you've uploaded and been approved, in the contact us section, You can add extra categories. Categories are different on all marketplaces.
Ah, thanks. I was so confused and had spent time looking. So when you email to ask for additional categories, do they accept the UK categories or have you to use the US categories (or do you just tell them the categories for whichever market you found them in, lol!)?
 

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Ah, thanks. I was so confused and had spent time looking. So when you email to ask for additional categories, do they accept the UK categories or have you to use the US categories (or do you just tell them the categories for whichever market you found them in, lol!)?
You tell them what you want.

The form asked for marketplace, ISBN and the category trail.
I.e. books, children's books, sports, football

They need the full trail of how you get to the category you want
 

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You tell them what you want.

The form asked for marketplace, ISBN and the category trail.
I.e. books, children's books, sports, football

They need the full trail of how you get to the category you want
Ah good, I've noted the trails down so that was time well spent at least. Thanks again for your help and encouragement, I really appreciate it.
 
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I got my first notebook on KDP. It took me ages due as I don't have much spare time. I am going to try to either get another one on quickly or move into another type of book. It is quite a learning process so it takes a bit of time for me to get my head around it all. I am hoping you are all doing really well too and those sales keep on rolling :).
 
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The categories you pick when you upload your book are not all the categories.

Once you've uploaded and been approved, in the contact us section, You can add extra categories. Categories are different on all marketplaces.
Ahh thats good to know!
 

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Ahh thats good to know!
I believe you can request up to eight additional browse categories. They were quite swift in responding and emailed to confirm the categories which I was added to. I split my categories between the UK and US marketplaces (four in each) though not sure of the best method yet, it might be trial and error and just see where it sells best or where you want to push it. Good luck!
 

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I believe you can request up to eight additional browse categories. They were quite swift in responding and emailed to confirm the categories which I was added to. I split my categories between the UK and US marketplaces (four in each) though not sure of the best method yet, it might be trial and error and just see where it sells best or where you want to push it. Good luck!
Just to let you know, you can add 8 extra categories per marketplace.

Try and target marketplaces that require a low bsr to get into top places.

I've just emailed a few of mine today and planning on emailing for another 5 books later today.

One of my books is currently number 1 new release in one of the categories
 

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Just to let you know, you can add 8 extra categories per marketplace.

Try and target marketplaces that require a low bsr to get into top places.

I've just emailed a few of mine today and planning on emailing for another 5 books later today.

One of my books is currently number 1 new release in one of the categories
8 per marketplace??? Wow I thought it was just 8 in total, thanks for the heads up!!

Amazing work on your books, that is a great achievement getting a number one ranking! I managed to number three at one point in a category. It is amazing how quickly it all changes though and how quickly I slide down the charts, lol. I have managed a few sales but things are still slow, I'm pleased though and enjoying it when I can fit it in.
 

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8 per marketplace??? Wow I thought it was just 8 in total, thanks for the heads up!!

Amazing work on your books, that is a great achievement getting a number one ranking! I managed to number three at one point in a category. It is amazing how quickly it all changes though and how quickly I slide down the charts, lol. I have managed a few sales but things are still slow, I'm pleased though and enjoying it when I can fit it in.
Yeah it can change so fast. It's in UK marketplace which I always find easier to get in top 10 than I do in US marketplace.

I'm glad you've managed to make some sales!
 
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Anyone know the typical shipping times for KDP books? Can the customer get it delivered quicker via Prime?
 

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I'm not sure of what standard lead times are but I've got Prime and if I go to one of my books, it says it can be delivered by Friday (12th) if I order within the next 17 hours. If I log out / don't have Prime, delivery would be Sunday (14th). So, I think, yes it does look like Prime customers get it quicker.
 

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@jollyjelly,thanks. I've got an idea for a book. Need to get it published today.
 
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How's everyone doing with their books?

Anyone succeeding with Easter books?
 

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I'm still slow but happy with the process etc. I am still working on my first niche. As it is hard finding time, I am not going to commit to seasonal books just now (though maybe I'd manage Christmas if I started now :ROFLMAO:). I have had some sales which has been encouraging and I might try bring some of my books together in a series so that is my next thing to look into.

How are you doing? Is the Easter kids book doing well?
 

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