Where’s Liza? Part 2

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First let me give a whopping big THANK YOU to all those readers who put Ruby Sanders back on the Best Seller List for the following category

#83 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > African

#947 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > United States

#1454 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Westerns

 As you can see, I still have a ways to go in the other two categories.  So, I’m going to reevaluate my keywords for those particular categories.

Now, on to what else I’ve learned while studying the craft of Writing.

A while back when I first started writing, ‘Dancing With The Fat Woman,’  it was recommended that I check out Janet Evanovich.  Well, I did.  I went to her website but was not very impressed by what I found there as compared to James Patterson’s website.  And adding to that, the movie, One For The Money, starting Katherine Heigl as Stephanie Plum was not being well received.  So, I put Janet Evanovich on the back burner and checked out a few other female writers like, Liane Moriarty  (The Husband’s Secret and Big Little Lies).  The stats on Big Little Lies follows.

Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10,022 customer reviews)
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

#34 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Women’s Fiction > Domestic Life
    #50 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Family Life
    #115 in Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery

But, when I started researching Amazon’s category, Humor and Satire, guess what I found.

The reigning queen of this category, Best sellers in Humorous American Literature,  with 12 books on the Top 100 list is Janet Evanovich


5 Wicked Charms       (A Lizzy and Diesel Novel)
28 Takedown Twenty   (A Stephanie Plum Novel)
35 Notorious Nineteen  (A Stephanie Plum Novel)
47 The Sweet Spot         A Novel  (Stephanie Evanovich)
53 Wicked Business      (A Lizzy and Diesel Novel)
54 The Heist  A Novel
59 Explosive Eighteen  (A Stephanie Plum Novel)
61 Top Secret Twenty-One   (A Stephanie Plum Novel)
74 Smoking Seventeen         (A Stephanie Plum Novel)
75 Sizzling Sixteen       (A Stephanie Plum Novel)
79 Big Girl Panties          A Novel
90 Fearles Fourteen  (A Stephanie Plum Novel)
91 Finger Lickin Fifteen (A Stephanie Plum Novel)

Below is the book description categories for Notorious Nineteen (A Stephanie Plum Novel)

New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is certain of three truths: People don’t just vanish into thin air. Never anger old people. And don’t do what Tiki tells you to do. 
After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie’s bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton’s premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it’s on Stephanie to track him down. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape . . . or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive. Since the hospital staff’s lips seem to be tighter than the security, and it’s hard for Stephanie to blend in to assisted living, Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur goes in undercover. But when a second felon goes missing from the same hospital, Stephanie is forced into working side by side with Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, in order to crack the case.

The real problem is, no Cubbin also means no way to pay the rent. Desperate for money—or maybe just desperate—Stephanie accepts a secondary job guarding her secretive and mouthwatering mentor Ranger from a deadly Special Forces adversary. While Stephanie is notorious for finding trouble, she may have found a little more than she bargained for this time around. Then again—a little food poisoning, some threatening notes, and a bridesmaid’s dress with an excess of taffeta never killed anyone . . . or did they? If Stephanie Plum wants to bring in a paycheck, she’ll have to remember: No guts, no glory.
To bottom line it, Janet Evanovich was who I really should have read while writing Dancing With The Fat Woman.  And this also shows me why so many writers are trade-marking a character. 

 Finally, it really does pay to take time and do your research.  I was studying the wrong author and had the wrong category for the book, Dancing With The Fat Woman.   Now wiser and richer.

A Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth

Eliza D. Ankum
Author of
Flight 404
Ruby Sanders
STALKED! By Voices
Dancing With The Fat Woman






Where’s Liza? Part 1

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To most of my subscribers it must seem as though I’ve been missing in action by not commenting on any of the latest juicy gossip driven News events. But actually, I’ve been very busy learning my new craft of writing.

Take for example, my novel ‘Ruby Sanders’. When I first put it up for sale on Amazon.com/Books, I had it categorized as a Romance Novel.

The book had excellent sales, but it was slammed by Amazon’s readers. They knit-picked that book to pieces and rightfully so. And they especially hated the ending.

So, I rewrote and rewrote and rewrote. And truth be told, I could have rewritten that book a thousand times and the readers would still have found fault with the book. Because there was something that I didn’t know then that I know now after having taken the time to study my craft.
And that is, I AM NOT A ROMANCE WRITER, and Ruby Sander is NOT A ROMANCE NOVEL. There are no heaving chests, and no one is looking longingly into someone’s eyes. But mostly, Ruby Sanders does not have a happy ending. An absolute must for a good romance novel. Girl gets rich guy – guy saves beautiful damsel. You know the drill.

What I, obviously, didn’t know is that there are definite rules for each Genre. As I wrote in the previous paragraph, a good romance novel is all about the two main characters and must have a happy ending. A good contemporary love story is all about the story, with interesting characters, and does not necessarily have a happy ending. So, therefore, Ruby Sanders is a love story and not a romance story.

That being learned, I then had to learn all about ‘Categories’ and in particular, Amazon.com/Books Categories. Click here

I also studied keywords and how to use them as opposed to search phrases. A tedious but necessary task. So necessary in fact, that after I re-categorized and built keywords into my book description for Ruby Sanders, its sales are on the rise again.

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,792 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#121 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > African
#1318 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > United States
#2172 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Westerns

Note the change from Romance >Historical Fiction >Western


Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > African

And check out the keywords (in bold) built into the new book description.

Ruby Sanders is the coming of age story of a young slave girl and her relationship with two very different men, Jared Anderson, the son of a wealthy planter and Mingo Williams, the son of a planter and his slave mistress
The Civil War has ravished the plantations around Atlanta and then news comes from the North that President Lincoln has found a new general who’s willing and able to carry out his scorched earth policy towards the South.

Playmates since children, Jared has vowed to free Ruby and her family but he must also save his own. In order to do that, he has come up with a daring plan to move everyone, including Ruby, west to the newly opened Colorado Territories. But there’s a problem. Jared and his family are broke. He’s forced to marry the young impetuous daughter of Henry and Helen Wilkes in order to obtain enough money to carry out his plan.

When Mingo joins the group will his presence destroy Jared’s plans? Or will Jared and Ruby live happily ever after?  WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE AND SEXUAL CONTENT.

Now, while I’ll share with you my categories and keywords, I’m keeping my search phrases a closely guarded secret.

I will tell you that I’ve had similar results with my other novel, Dancing With The Fat Woman which has gone from #1238 in the wrong category to #818 in the correct category.

As one famous writer wrote on his website, “you may have written the world’s best novel, but if no one can find it, no one will ever know.

So if you’re a new writer getting started in the Self Publishing business, my advice to you is to take time to study and to learn. My new favorite site is Novel Now. http://www.nownovel.com/

A Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth

Eliza D. Ankum
Author of
Flight 404
Ruby Sanders
STALKED! By Voices
Dancing With The Fat Woman