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Author Resources: Choosing and Adding Amazon Categories

Updated: Jan 14

Today, we’re going to go be talking about a time suck but necessary step of self-publishing: setting your Amazon categories. This is only focusing on setting Amazon categories within Kindle Direct Publishing. If you use any other platforms, this is not the blog post to cover that, but I will get to it in a separate post.


Let’s get to it then!


The Basics of Categories

When you set up your book listing, eBook or Print, part of the setup process is to choose 2 categories. These are the two categories that you think fit your book the best. But I know what you might be thinking, “Jess, how can I just pick 2? There’s so many categories my book can fit into!”


Calm, breathe. I know. You can add them. Amazon is just sneaky, and you have to tell them to do it via email. That’s what this post is going to be about.


In short, you can add up to 8 more categories for your book…PER MARKETPLACE. That’s right, each country marketplace (Amazon UK, Amazon Canada, Amazon Australia, etc.) has their own store, and therefore their own categories.


To do this, you get the utter joy of scrolling through each amazon marketplace to see their different categories. Oh, and eBook and print categories are different, even in the same marketplace.