Amazon have decided I am not an agent of the patriarchy.
As anyone who has tried to list their book in particular categories on Amazon knows, it is not a simple matter of telling them which to use. I have therefore over the several months since An Unquiet Calm was released made tweaks based on both Amazon’s own support files and third-party articles. Each time this has made the listing slightly more accurate.
However, today I noticed a slight anomaly. The automatically derived additional categories on Amazon UK have decided I am female.
My only conclusion is Amazon’s automated error checker detected little enough masculine bias in my prose that it assumed I was a woman. That the rather obvious beard in my author photograph is in fact a “beard” designed to overcome any reader bias towards male authors.
Or, both more prosaically and depressingly, there is a strong gender assumption about one of the keywords I selected.
Do you have any interesting tales about getting your book into the right categories? Have you discovered a book in a surprising list?