Maggie Pill

The Most Entertaining Cozy Author You Never Heard Of!

Monday, March 26, 2018

What's an Algorithm Anyhow?

Amazon is the best friend a writer can have, and the worst enemy. Sometimes both at once. Amazon allows us to present our books to the world, but it presents them it its own terms. Amazon's Algorithms, things I have little grasp of, choose which additional books to show to visitors to a site in the form of "YOU MIGHT LIKE..." It's a great thing to be chosen this way, because people who never heard of you before are offered your book without even hunting for it. On the other hand, if the algorithms don't latch onto you, you're probably going to forever remain in obscurity.

The Sleuth Sisters are (Choose one: A) Lucky, B) Amazing, C) Specific) enough to have gained the attention of the AAs. I often get recommendations to buy Maggie Pill's books when I go on as Peg Herring. That's great, and as long as the newest installment rises high enough in some rankings (Amazon has a ton of them), people see older titles on the page as they consider what to buy next.

What's hard to understand sometimes is why they think I would like a book. This morning, for example, when I visited PERIL, PLOTS, and PUPPIES to check its ratings, I got the following recommendations: a book of short stories, a Seattle cozy (I get that), a thriller about Nazis (I'm thinking Barb being the Grammar Nazi brought that on), a thriller about Washington politics, and a mystery set during the English Regency. How do those relate to three sisters in Michigan?
I'm sure the algorithms know more about it than I do, but it seems like a crazy stew to me.

If you haven't looked at the new book yet, here's the link:

Monday, March 5, 2018

March Is Release Month for SS#6!

I have three weeks to make sure everything is AOK for the 6th Sleuth Sisters Mystery, Peril, Plots, and Puppies.
I think I'm ready.
Preorders are available on Amazon:
It will be available from all ebook providers, B&N, Kobo, etc.
Print version is coming along.
Reviewers are pre-reading (they like that).
I'm sure there are things I should be doing, but I can't think of what they'd be.

In this book, the sisters take on two cases: shutting down a puppy mill and finding a murderer. Neither their client nor the puppy mill owner is fun to deal with, and the added complication is that Barb was seen near the murder scene, doing a Correction Event as the Grammar Nazi. Each sister has her own concerns, but of course they come together when it's time for Sister Power.