Identifying Your Book Categories for Amazon

It’s always a challenge to know what categories to put your book in with Amazon. Initially, you get two slots. Within them, are sub-categories which enable you to drill down from the main category.

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If you start showing sales, contact Amazon via either the “contact us” tab on your page or Author Central and ask if you can add additional categories. Once something is submitted, the respond quickly.

Note: If you are planning an Amazon campaign, notify Amazon at least a month before you launch. Do it through the “contact us” tab at the bottom of your Amazon Advantage page that includes “add an item.” Detail what you are planning, suggest how many copies they should have to stock up inventory. Most likely, you will get an order requesting the amount. The next step is to fill it promptly and get your campaign coordinated that will generate sales.

Here’s the main link for all of them:

Arts & Photography

Audible Audiobook Downloads


Bargain Books

Biographies & Memoirs

Business & Investing

Children’s Books

Christian Books & Bibles

Comics & Graphic Novels

Cookbooks, Food & Wine

Crafts, Hobbies & Home

Computers & Technology

Education & Reference

Gay & Lesbian

Health, Fitness & Dieting


Humor & Entertainment


Libros en Español

Literature & Fiction

Money & Markets


Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Parenting & Relationships

Politics & Social Sciences

Professional & Technical

Religion & Spirituality


Science & Math

Science Fiction & Fantasy

Sports & Outdoors



One author insider tip: Make sure that you create an Author Central account on Amazon. If you have questions, run into a problem, it is the fastest way to get a live person to help…like in 15 seconds! Merely sign into your account and click on the button that says you need to talk to someone. You are welcome.


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