February 27, 2019
Deciding on which genre or category your book fits into can be a difficult decision for any author. Of course the easiest way is to decide this before beginning writing but it is not always that easy as the book evolves during its creation. Yet this decision is important for anyone who is serious about its marketing as it is the means by which any bookseller, librarian or online marketer places it on their shelves.
The largest online seller is Amazon and, if you use this outlet, it will place a book into one of its categories if you decide not to do this yourself when completing its online submission form and sometimes it can get this wrong. The best way to seek this out yourself is to search for a book which is similar in subject matter, style and tone to your own and look at the category Amazon fits it into or how other booksellers and libraries place it in their catalogues. Concentrate on those which top the best seller lists and try to identify the key words used in searches.
This method is not necessary foolproof as I have found that sometimes Amazon alters the categories even after you have listed them using its KDP direct website. It may have even found a better slot than you first envisaged so make sure you keep this under review. Amazon allows authors/publishers a chance to choose two categories for its KDP publications so it is better to slot your book into two different subgenres to help prospective readers find it (see example below).
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July 26, 2018
It is interesting to report that the staggering listing of $615.72 on amazon.com and the outrageous listing of £2,431.99 on amazon.co.uk for the Peatmore Press book, Cogrill’s Mill, have now disappeared from its book pages since I posted my blog on 23 July. I am glad to see that someone has been paying attention to my posts.
July 23, 2018
Listings for the paperback versions of Peatmore Press novels have disappeared from amazon.com and amazon.co.uk with one exception; the exception being my first novel, “Cogrill’s Mill,” on amazon.com. This novel is still listed as being available from my Company, “Peatmore Press,” as an independent trader at $10.00 plus postage and packing which is about right. The listings of the company’s other novels have been removed from amazon.com and there are no listings for any paperback book from Peatmore Press as an independent trader on amazon.co.uk.
Peatmore Press’s status as an independent trader was removed from amazon.co.uk about a year or so ago, presumably because we did not sell enough books through the Amazon web page. That is understandable because as a retailer Amazon has a perfect right not to sell any books it does not deem profitable. But there is another exception which is quite staggering as one independent seller is advertising Cogrill’s Mill at a staggering $615.72 on amazon.com and an another for an outrageous £2,431.99 on amazon.co.uk. (See www.amazon.com/dp/B005NACKBY and www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B005NACKBY). I call this staggering and outrageous as Cogrill’s Mill is available through the Peatmore Press website (www.peatmore.com) and can be ordered through any bookseller for £6.99 (for peatmore.com there is an additional charge of £2.01 for postage and packing).
This occurrence is not by any means unique. Check out the article by Shaunacy Ferro (see https://tinyurl.com/yd7m7q8x) with regard to “One Snowy Knight” a historical romance novel by Deborah MacGillivray, which at one point a paperback version was advertised on amazon.com for $2800. This advert has since been removed, but the article makes interesting reading. It will also be interesting how long these highly expensive adverts on Amazon stay listed following the publication of this blog.
My kindle ebook versions of the Peamore Press novels continue to be listed on Amazon as they continue to sell or have been available under various promotion deals approved by us. My own theory is that the listings for paperbacks have been removed as Amazon would prefer it if we republished these paperbacks using their own publishing service known as Create Space. This is just a theory so I may be wrong about this.
But if anyone who reads this can tell me how this phenomenon has been allowed to happen. I would be interested to hear from you.
This image was copied from the amazon.co.uk Cogrill’s Mill book page on 22 July 2018. The Kindle edition normally retails at £4.00 but on this day the price was reduced to £0.99 as part of a short term book promotion run with Peatmore Press approval. But look how the price differs from the paperback offer, which does not meet with Peatmore Press approval!
July 6, 2018
Summer is here and there is no better time to spend the day outside reading on lazy sunny days. It will soon be the holiday season in the northern hemisphere so choose some books to take with you to while away idle relaxing moments.
It is a good time for authors and publishers to release books so that bookstores at airports, train stations and holiday resorts can stock up to help travellers make those last minute purchases. Peatmore Press is no exception and has launched its fourth novel which is the first I have released under my own name. It is a crime thriller and I am told by those who have had a chance to turn the pages that it is a good read. But see for yourself and let me know how you feel about it.
Published on 2 July 2018
and can be bought by following the links at
December 12, 2017
My first thought when I discovered that my books were being pirated was that someone was stealing from me. One site even claimed that they had over 2000 downloads of one of my ebooks. That is several times more than I have given away with Amazon Kindle free promotions. But they could have, and probably were, lying as after all they had been behaving dishonestly. I emailed them a complaint and they seemed to have desisted as I can no longer find it on their site when searching via Google.
Such sites are dangerous to download from as it is possible that any downloads might contain viruses that could at best disrupt your computer or at worse steal your encrypted data/passwords. I even found the black and white cover of my novel “Cogrill’s Mill” on a colouring page website. Now that was something I did not expect and made me think that I was possibly missing out on a promotion possibility.
Everyone expects that their hard format books will be lent or given away to charities at some point. I have given my own titles away or sold them at vastly reduced prices as part of promotions so I suppose I can look on pirated copies as another means of book promotion. My only request is that someone who reads a book they have acquired this way, and have enjoyed it, will seek to reward the author for entertaining them by buying a legitimate copy from an approved retailer. After all that is the way some of us seek to earn a living.
Editor, Peatmore Press
September 20, 2016
In August 2011 I published a blog about the rebirth of the short story (see https://peatmore.wordpress.com/2011/08/22). Now it seems that this form of fiction writing is going from strength to strength. The BBC is once more running its annual competition for its National Short Story Award and all this week the short listed stories are being broadcasted on BBC Radio 4 until Friday 23 September (http://tinyurl.com/hzbtokk).
In addition the BBC Readings Unit have chosen some of their favourite Radio 4 short stories to listen to again (http://tinyurl.com/zrgva4y).
Not to be outdone Peatmore Press has launched my Kindle ebook short story collection, “New Beginnings” as a free download for 5 days beginning today.
Go to http://amazon.com/dp/B00MTK5FAO or http://amazon.co.uk/dp/B00MTK5FAO to grab your copy.