Sunday 20 October 2019

Little Known Gems Part #2: Historical Fiction

Why do some books do well on Amazon and some don't?

After 8 years of being involved in the self-pub world, I've come to the conclusion that Amazon sales can (but not always) have little to do with the book's quality, exposure on social media, the cover, the blurb, the genre, whatever.  It might be simply that it never got enough initial, regular sales and reviews to click the Amazon algorithms into 'start recommending and making generally visible to readers' mode.   

And if your book doesn't hit that wave, it can become all but invisible on the site where most people buy their ebooks.  The less it sells, the less it will continue to sell.  If Amazon was a physical library, it would be tucked away on the bottom of a dusty shelf at the back.

I decided to start a short (and probably irregular) series of recommendations for books that really ought to sell brilliantly, because they're exceptionally good.  

This isn't just me giving a shout-out for some writer friends, or saying, 'this is alright, you might like it'.  I'm saying this: 

If this is your genre, you'll love it, 
because it's seriously good

I've chosen books that an Amazon robot has either misfiled on a back shelf or left in the stockroom by mistake—today, though, they're where they should be: on one of those cool little display things at the front, near the counters :)

#2: Historical Fiction
Click the book's title for my review, and Amazon buy links

The Tudor Enigma Trilogy  by April Taylor
16th century - Alternative History 

Back Home by Tom Williams
Victorian London - Crime

The Planter's Daughter by Jo Carroll
19th Century - Ireland - Australia - New Zealand

Long Shadows by Thorne Moore
11th, 14th and early 20th Century - Wales 

The Worst Journey in the World by John R McKay
WW2 Naval - Liverpool - Russia

New York 1609 by Harald Johnson
17th Century - New York


  1. Great post, Terry. Some more great books to add to my ever-growing to-be-read pile.