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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Night Watch Doesn't Show Up in Searches

I've waited and wondered. When will my Passenger to Paradise mystery/suspense novel, Night Watch, start showing up on my Google and Amazon searches? It's still not coming in on the Night Watch Google alerts. I hear about everything else with Night and Watch attached but not my book. Even on Amazon, I have to go to page five or six in the search and then it shows up as number 66.

Night Watch is a new book that came out in April 2010. All the other Night Watch books showing on Amazon are older. Those books listed on the first page of the Amazon search have publication dates of  2006 and 2003. The Kindle version of Night Watch was released at the end of May 2010.

Obviously, it was a mistake to title a book with a popular name that has been used many times before, but I did not know at the time. From now on, I will search carefully and not choose a title that I find already in use. My first novel, Hearts Across Forever, comes up number one on all the searches, including Amazon. It gained renewed life when my publisher made it a Kindle book in February 2009. There are no other books with that title on Amazon.

If anyone else has experienced similar problems with a book title, I would like to know about your story. Everything seems to be a learning experience in this crazy publishing business that we all must love a lot since we are still here.

I'm waiting and hoping that one day I'll receive a Google alert about the real Night Watch--my book!!!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I guess I'm lucky nothing else has the title of CassaStar. Search on Amazon, and my book is the only CassaStar to appear.
Keep working on the online promotions - maybe that will help!

Notes Along the Way with Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thanks, Alex. I thought of CassaStar as I was writing this. Good choice for your title. I'm sure you knew that!

Notes Along the Way with Mary Montague Sikes said...

My hope is realized. For the first time ever, my Night Watch just came in on my Google Alert! That's because of the headline for Notes Along the Way.

Helen Ginger said...

Ahh, perhaps if putting your book in the blog title helped push it to the first page on Google, then you might need to go on a blog tour and ask each host to use the book title in the blog title for that day.

Notes Along the Way with Mary Montague Sikes said...
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Notes Along the Way with Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thanks, Helen, for the suggestion. However, I just did a Google search for Night Watch as far down as page 21. My book does not show up at all even though I received a Google Alert for it yesterday! Strange!

Enid Wilson said...

I find Google Alerts not very good, especially two of my books have very common titles: Bargain with the Devil and Really Angelic.

But do you think it's very important to have the book comes up very high on Google search?

I'm mostly relying on free stories on my blogs and website and BBT to attract readers. So far Bargain with the Devil is my best selling book. I think it's more because of the premise of the story (a possible rakish Darcy) that draws readers.

N. R. Williams said...

I have an idea for this, I'll email it to you.
N. R. Williams, fantasy author