If Michael Stoddard, protagonist of Regulated for Murder, had an automobile, what make and model would he have?
Odd question, you say. Regulated for Murder takes place in the year 1781. Automobiles are an anachronism in the scope of the story.
But not according to Amazon. Take a look at where their algorithm has shelved Regulated for Murder:
Regulated for Murder is now #1 in Automotive > Replacement Parts > Shocks, Struts & Suspensions > Strut Brushings. Michael Stoddard has been working hard. He deserves a car, don't you think?
On Amazon, Regulated for Murder is marooned from my other Revolutionary War crime fiction (Paper Woman, The Blacksmith's Daughter, and Camp Follower). Less than a week after the book's release, the vast majority of my readers are unable to easily find Regulated for Murder.
This snafu occurs because of a programming glitch. When an author uploads a book for sale through Kindle Desktop Publishing (KDP), he or she may select up to two categories (search paths) for the book. Alas, KDP and Amazon don't always speak the same language. Selections in the KDP category tool don't translate to search paths a potential reader can navigate through on the menu from Amazon's main page. Until this programming error is corrected, the only way to get correct category paths for your book is to contact KDP and have a technician manually correct the path.
As of 16 October, KDP estimates that the manual correction will be in place by this coming Wednesday. KDP and Amazon, my readers aren't happy about that, and neither am I.
Here's a direct link to where you can buy Regulated for Murder on Amazon. Here are the two categories where the book should be shelved:
And while Michael Stoddard enjoys the position of the Lord of Automotive, let's give him a set of twenty-first century wheels. What automobile do you think he'd drive?
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