EPISODE 16: ASK ME ANYTHING – editing process, Amazon categories and keywords, and balancing the creative and business side of writing

Welcome to the Rage Against the Manuscript podcast. Today’s podcast is a little different – I’m answering your questions! I’ve chosen three questions from members of the RAtM Facebook group. We’re talking about my editing process, categories and keywords on Amazon, and how to balance the creative and business sides of being a writer.


For more info about Amazon's algorithms, check out David Gaughran’s Amazon Decoded, and Publisher Rocket for finding keywords (Publisher Rocket is an awesome product I love, and I think you'll love it, too. It does cost $97, though – and this is an affiliate link so if you choose to purchase it I get a bit of dosh).


Listen on Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

In this episode:

  • I outline my editing process and how it’s changed over time.

  • Why I pay my husband to edit my books.

  • A quick n dirty breakdown of how Amazon’s algorithms work.

  • How to choose your categories.

  • Tips and tools to get the best keywords.

  • My one-at-a-time approach to learning about publishing.

  • How to choose which project to write next.

    “There are 13,000 categories on the store, updating constantly, each with its own top 100 bestseller list. To keep these categories fresh, Amazon needs to understand how one book is selling against another.

    Steff Green

    Author of How to Rock Self-Publishing.

    If you've got a question you want to ask me about self-publishing or writing or building a career as an author, head over to the Rage Against the Manuscript FB group or email me steff@rageagainstthemanuscript.com and I’ll talk about it on a future episode. Happy writing! 


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