And the more precise your categorization , the easier it will be for readers and retailers to find your book. Which segues nicely into the categories and marketing. Self-published authors know discoverability is an important part of growing your brand and earning more sales. So you should use three codes, so long as each one is accurate and helpful.
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And the more precise your categorization , the easier it will be for readers and retailers to find your book. Which segues nicely into the categories and marketing. Self-published authors know discoverability is an important part of growing your brand and earning more sales.
So you should use three codes, so long as each one is accurate and helpful. BISQ warns against simply adding classifications for the sake of doing so. The codes you select must be the right codes for your book.
The book is part biography of this teacher and part guide to their methods. And the third one, well it might not seem obvious from the description above. But if the book includes a wealth of data gathered in the service of understanding this new teaching method, the categorization may well be vital to retailers and readers.
Click To Tweet Note how that third category actually helps refine the first and second. From the BISAC codes, I know this book is biographical, about an educator using a non-formal method, and involves a degree of research. If I were a fellow teacher looking for content that might inspire or educate me, this book would catch my attention. More importantly, the book may surface when I filter through bookstore categories online. If I know what I want, well-applied categories match me with the right content.
Then we filter the books to appear in our bookstore. When you use Global Distribution to make your book available to retailers, we send those BISAC categories to them so your book will be properly organized on their store too.
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BISAC: What It Is And Why It Matters
The BISG recognizes that one of the main reasons why the use of BISAC headings for the physical arrangement of books is not officially recommended is because sometimes publishers prefer to use their traditional systems for this purpose. However, an idealistic future in which BISAC headings are printed on books and in the catalogs was also envisioned by the BISG: "Printing the descriptors is a very good idea although not an official recommendation at this time due to the desire on the part of most publishers to continue use of their traditional merchandising syntax. According to Bole et al. The role of volunteers in setting the standard was highlighted again in by Bole and Harbison, and by Harbison in , although, as Sanford Thatcher noted, this volunteer work is strictly restricted to BISG members and its consequent fee payment Thatcher However, the BISG website also states that if a heading that does not appear in the list is needed, "the Subject Codes Committee considers all requests from members of BISG and the industry at large for topical content currently not covered by the terms in the Headings list" BISG a , emphasis added.