Quick Tip for Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Writers

Are you writing a mystery, thriller or suspense book to publish on Kindle?

You can use these special keywords in your title to get better rankings!

In order for a title to appear in the sub-categories below, the title’s search keywords must include at least one of the keywords or phrases listed.


Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Characters/Amateur Sleuth amateur
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Characters/British Detectives british detective
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Characters/FBI Agents fbi
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Characters/Female Protagonists female protagonist
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Characters/Police Officers police
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Characters/Private Investigators private investigator
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense/Crime Fiction/Heist heist, robbery, thief, theft
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense/Crime Fiction/Murder murder
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense/Crime Fiction/Noir noir
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense/Crime Fiction/Organized Crime mob, mafia, organized crime, yakuza
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense/Crime Fiction/Serial Killers serial killer
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense/Crime Fiction/Vigilante Justice vigilante justice
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Moods/Dark dark
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Moods/Disturbing disturbing
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Moods/Fun fun
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Moods/Humorous comedy
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Moods/Racy racy
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Moods/Scary scary
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Moods/Vengeful vengeful
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense/Mystery/Cozy/Animals cat, dog, horse, animal, pets
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense/Mystery/Cozy/Crafts & Hobbies craft, hobby, knitting, quilting
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense/Mystery/Cozy/Culinary food, cook, bake
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Settings/Beaches beach
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Settings/Islands island
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Settings/Mountains mountain
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Settings/Outer Space space
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Settings/Small Towns small town
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Settings/Suburban suburban
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Settings/Urban urban
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense/Suspense/Paranormal/General paranormal
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense/Suspense/Paranormal/Psychics psychic, telepathy
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense/Suspense/Paranormal/Vampires vampire
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense/Suspense/Paranormal/Werewolves & Shifters werewolf, shapeshifter
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense/Thrillers/Assassinations assassin, hitman
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense/Thrillers/Conspiracies conspiracy
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense/Thrillers/Financial financial
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense/Thrillers/Pulp pulp
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense/Thrillers/Terrorism terrorism


[Book Review] Amazon Secrets Revealed

Patrick GallagherAmazon Secrets Revealed: How To Sell More Books on Amazon.com

by Patrick X. Gallagher

An excellent purchase for any Kindle author

Patrick Gallagher’s book is packed with very helpful advice to get your book listings stand out from the Amazon crowd!

The author covers topics such as SEO specific to Amazon, making the most of keywords, what role ratings play in rankings, increasing your books visibility, and how to research your competitors.

Although I have read a great deal on this topic – I learned some amazing new tips that I can take action on immediately to improve my book rankings!

Amazon Secrets Revealed also contains handy feedback on methods and tools that are not worth using, saving authors the time and money of trial and error. I would have liked to have seen the “what doesn’t work” tips clearly marked in a different color or font type.

Overall, the book is an excellent purchase for any Kindle author to boost their sales and reach a wider audience. I consider this to be an absolute must-read for authors who have seen their existing book sales trickle to a halt, or to read before publishing a new book.

Click here to find out more

What To Do When Someone Steals Your Work

Plagiarists are lazy. Some will copy work completely, while others make minor changes to the first and/or last paragraphs, which is why I always use my third paragraph for when using plagiarism checkers.

Sadly it is quite common for writers to have their work copied.

I have had my work plagiarized on a number of occasions. After some very colorful cursing I use the process below:
* Identify the person that has stolen my work
* Contact that person and tell them to remove my work
* If they don’t, then send them a cease and desist order
* If there are any ads on their site then contact the advertisers
* Contact the search engines asking them to ban it from appearing in search results

There is an excellent article written by Lorelle VanFossen that details what you can do when someone steals your work. You can check out the article on her blog at http://lorelle.wordpress.com/2006/04/10/what-do-you-do-when-someone-steals-your-content/

Have you ever had your writing copied?

What did you do about it?

WTF Are Kindle Singles? How to Publishing Kindle Singles on Amazon

Have you even heard of Kindle Singles?

Kindle Singles are ebooks with a focused theme and defined length that can be accessed from Kindle devices, Kindle reading applications, and on Amazon.

Kindle Singles are longer than a typical magazine feature but shorter than the length of most books. Titles are hand-picked by Amazon, and added on a continuing basis.

Great. That description provided by Amazon isn’t at all vague…

Unsurprisingly authors are very confused about what the heck to list in the Kindle Singles.

Based on the ebooks chosen by Amazon to appear in the fiction listings, Kindle Singles are basically short stand alone stories or the first few chapters of POPULAR novels. Length varies anywhere from 18 to 115 pages (~2,000 to 14,000 words). Prices vary massively, with some authors charging the same as they would for a complete novel.

One thing that definitely stood out is that although less established authors might make the cut with a short story, only the more mainstream authors seem to get their ‘sampler’ versions show up.

Where Kindle Singles does seem handy for self-published fiction writers is for testing out story ideas before committing to a full novel. List a short story. that can stand alone, but can also function as a kind of prequel to a series or full length novel later.

For fiction your Kindle Single should be about 50 pages (~5,000 to 8,000 words). It should have one main plot and little to no focus on subplots.

Rather than just checking out the [meager] listings under Kindle Singles, I suggest taking a look at the Kindle Short Reads category for ideas.

Have you tried Kindle Singles?


How To Get Great Reviews Using The Amazon Gift System

My process for getting reviews is three-fold. First I email a PDF/mobi copy to book bloggers and reviewers that do not use kindle. Secondly I include a request at the end of my books asking people to review. Thirdly I use the Amazon gift system.

Gifting a copy of your book for reviews has a few pros and cons, which I will go into after detailing the process I use.


Amazon Gift System Review Copy Process

Step 1 – Create a list of potential Amazon reviewers in your genre with their names and email addresses (it is a good idea to store these in a spreadsheet).

Step 2 – Send an email to those potential Amazon reviewers to see if they are interested in reviewing your book (note on your spreadsheet if they want a copy).

Step 3 – Change the price of your book to $0.99 temporarily via KDP (change may take up to 12 hours to show on Amazon).

Step 4 – Go to your book listing on Amazon and click on the Give As Gift button (below the buy button on the right).

Step 5 – Enter the reviewer’s name, email address and a brief message, then complete order.

Step 6 – Update your spreadsheet with the date you sent each reviewer the book.

Step 7 – Go back into KDP and change your book back to your original price (don’t forget this part!)


Okay, now the pros and cons of using the Amazon gift system to get reviews…



1 – This method makes life easier for reviewers and increases the likelihood they will actually read and review since all they have to do is click a button on an email to accept and it gets added to their kindle reader.

2 – It makes your book stand out in their queue to review because you have done something different to other authors.

3 – People are hardwired to feel indebted to you if you give them something. By sending a “gift” rather than a “review copy” they are more likely to post a review.

4 – Reviewers tend to post reviews faster since there is no shipping delay.

5 – The process is much cheaper than providing the reviewer with a paperback version of your book. Overall it costs you $0.65 to provide them with a copy of your book this way, as opposed to $8.30 if you send a paperback review copy



1 – This method is not free. Long term this costs you $0.65 per copy you send.

2 – You need to pay the full list price of $0.99 upfront and only receive your $0.35 royalty back later.

3 – This method only works for reviewers that actually read books via the Kindle reader on their PC, tablet or Kindle device.


Each time I publish a book I carry out free promotion first, then set aside a small budget for “paid” promotion, by which I mean any promotion method that actually costs me money.

For example:
– Providing book copies to reviewers (paperback or the Amazon gift method)
– Running book giveaway competitions (paperback)
– Paid ads (usually on Goodreads)


The Amazon Gift system is great if you want to get some reviews quickly (within about 4 weeks), and even if you have a really tight budget you can get excellent results for as little as about $20.

I definitely recommend giving it a shot! Just keep in mind that you will get honest reviews, so be sure to triple check your book first to make it as good as you can.


Have you tried this method?  What did you think of your results?