Amazon Problems

Thank-you to everyone who has bought ‘Evan and the Bottom Rockets’ so far. Many of you have let me know- which is a boost as marketing is not my strong suit.

At the moment the book is hamstrung because of five things on the Amazon page.

The first is that there is no ‘look inside’ capability. This is because Amazon is taking a long time over it and I have heard nothing since performing all the steps required to set it up.

The second is the dispatch time which is currently showing as up to two months! The real dispatch time is up to five days. This means it is still possible to get the book before Christmas although you wouldn’t know that. As a first-time children’s book you would expect that not many are flying off the shelves. The algorithm picks up on numbers of sales and, strangely, the more sales the shorter the dispatch time shown on the page. This hurts books like mine because it likely will get worse. If sales don’t suddenly surge Amazon will say that the book is no longer available – when it actually is! They don’t make it easy for first-time authors like me.

The third is the keywords that Amazon’s search algorithm uses to inform its search pages. These haven’t yet been sorted out by the publisher despite my instructions some time ago.

Similarly, the fourth is the categories shown mid-way down the page. These categories also are to do with searches. At the moment the publishing company (Rowanvale) still haven’t rectified their embarrassing errors here. The book has toilet humour in it but is not about growing up and toilet training! Will they change this before Christmas?

Fifth is that there are no reviews. No ‘look inside’ and no reviews equals no sales. It’s as simple as that. So if you think you are eligible to leave a review (having bought the book on Amazon) please, please, please leave me a review! It’s very easy.

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