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I suspect many of you will know this, but it was news to me. Two weeks ago, in a burst of marketing  effort (actually planning), I looked at Amazon’s top sellers in women’s historical fiction. My purpose was to find comparables for a novel I plan to self publish, and from there to discover what sort of marketing the authors/publishers were doing as well as how they positioned and tagged their books.

I carefully wrote down the names of the titles and authors and then set about investigating the top 10 or so.

After looking at 13 of the top sellers, I came up with the following:

And here’s the question: Why are 7 of the top selling 13 novels in Women’s Historical Fiction published by Amazon?

I’ve read novels by a number of Amazon authors – most of them good to excellent stories. For example, I’ve read Aimie Runyan’s earlier novel Daughters of the Night Sky, which is a great read. But 7 of 13? I’ll let you know of the other categories I checked in a follow on post.

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M.K. Tod writes historical fiction. Her latest novel, TIME AND REGRET was published by Lake Union. Mary’s other novels, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE and UNRAVELLED are available from Amazon, NookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. She can be contacted on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads or on her website www.mktod.com.