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Any alternatives to BISAC subject categories in iTunes Producer

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Sep 24, 2012 9:20 AM

When preparing a book package in iTunes Producer you need to select the BISAC subject category that best describes your book.  However, none of the available subject categories really works for my novel.  I had to choose one, just to get past this requirement.  But is there a way to go beyond these categories and come up with others more suitable to what you've written?  The description I wrote for my book more accurately describes it but when potential buyers search by subject category for books to purchase, mine would appear in a list it really doesn't belong in.  I'd like readers to find my book but right now they'll be able to because of these limited subject headings.

  • prkos Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Can you share what the book is about and what Subject you chose? Maybe you just need help with choosing from the existing ones

     

    BISAC Subject Headings List, Major Subjects   *

  • prkos Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    You mentioned "animal stories", "survival stories" and "fox stories" but I don't think this would make it clear either, are animal stories a cartoon for children or wild animals, are survival stories about bad breakups?...

     

    Based on the current information I think Nature is the most appropriate category, I'm sure you can find something there http://www.bisg.org/what-we-do-0-117-bisac-subject-headings-list-nature.php

     

    These sound good:

     

    NATURE / Animal Rights

    NATURE / Animals / Wildlife

    NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection

     

    What do you think?

  • prkos Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Ah sorry, you got me there, it sounded like a real case! I guess it should go under Fiction then but I don't see a category that would fit nicely, what a shame.

     

    I guess according to their guidelines you can use

     

    FICTION / General

     

    or perhaps

     

    FICTION / Urban Life

     

    To me it makes sense being able to add any other category after Fiction...

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