Amazon Category Frustration!!!!
I have just discovered that putting my latest book (a modern re-telling of Tudor history) into the Amazon category 'Alternative History' (which is undeniably IS), also means that it must go into 'Science fiction and fantasy', which it most definitely ISN'T. I realise any fiction is fantasy, really, though my contemporary family/romantic drama is not what is generally meant by the term in the bookselling world, ie, dragons and magic rings, imaginary lands and men with hunky chests turning into vampires.
Here: (though indeed it will probably be out of the genre chart by the time you read this!)
I will just add that when I chose the category Fiction > Alternative History, I didn't go via Science Fiction by mistake!!
And while I am here, why is there STILL no 'rock fiction' category, or any categories suitable for fiction about the music industry/musicians?
Similarly: to me, the term 'lad lit' means the sort of books by Nick Hornby and David Nicholls that are made into films starring whoever the current version of Hugh Grant is, but Amazon seems to think it means SAS adventures, which is logical, I suppose. I'll stick with calling those 'just an ordinary guy who eventually gets the girl' dramas 'bloke lit', I think, like I used to.
Amazon, get yerselves sorted....