NovelScribe Launches Search Tool For Self-Published Authors on Amazon

NovelScribe, launched earlier this month, is an archive of direct links of books by self-published and small press authors hosted on Amazon. The idea for NovelScribe came from founder, Tracy Leach. Below, Tracy introduces us to NovelScribe and how it works. 



One day while trawling Amazon’s forum for tips for my own writing journey, I came upon a post that said: ‘Self-published authors, help me find you!’ It then dawned on me that while Amazon had neatly sectioned their books in categories such as ‘Action & Adventure’ and ‘Romance,’ these were the ONLY categories Amazon allowed for books. Additionally, I noticed that Amazon, living up to its name, was a literal jungle of stuff: books by big-name authors, movies, music, electronics, toys, clothing, etc. If a potential reader went to Amazon to search for a book, they were easily sidetracked by all the other various items on display. Hence, the purchase of a book was likely to suffer when a video-game or a flashy mp3 player drew the attention of a buyer. So, with the help and encouragement of my parents (Florry Leach, a senior programmer who specialises in database languages (Microsoft Access, MySQL, SQLite) and SSL’s and knowledge of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript) – NovelScribe was created and launched on July 4th 2012.



How does it work?


NovelScribe’s ‘Find A Book’ page is comprised of eight (yes, EIGHT) searchable fields. By selecting any of these fields, a reader can easily search for and find a book of their choosing. This type of search helps to narrow results to benefit not only the reader, but the authors of the specific fields the reader has searched against. An example of how it looks:




Media: This specifies what is the type of the book. There are 4 listings in this drop-down field: Audio, E-book, Print, Video.


Category: This specifies what ‘category’ the book falls under. There are 7 listings in this drop-down field: Fiction, Graphic Novel/Comic, Movie Script, Non-Fiction, Play, Poem, Short Story.


First Genre: This specifies the main theme/genre of the book. There are 40 listings in this drop-down field.


Second Genre: This specifies any additional theme/genre of the book. There are 40 listings in this drop-down field.


Rating: This specifies the age-group that should read the book. There are 4 listings in this drop-down field: Adult, Children, General, Teen.


Max Price: This specifies the maximum price that the book should be when searched against. There are 10 listings in this drop-down field – the lowest price at $2.00 and the highest at $100.00.


Max Size: This specifies the maximum size (in kilobytes) that the book should be when searched against. There are 9 listings in this drop-down field – the lowest size range at 100kb and the highest at 5000kb.


Title or Author: This field is for searching books by the title or author’s name. It can work on its own or with the listings selected in the drop-down fields above.



By selecting a few, or all of the fields, a user can find a book of their liking with ease. This search is a great improvement upon those regular searches you find with Amazon or any other book selling/searching sites. Whereas sites like Amazon gives you a singular text field that brings back thousands of results (most of them irrelevant to you, anyway), NovelScribe’s search only brings back the results for which you explicitly searched. So, if you wanted an E-book that’s Non-Fiction and with a maximum price of $50.00, the results returned are going to be exactly what you requested. If you want to see ALL of the books in NovelScribe’s database, just click the ‘Search’ button without selecting any listings from the drop-down fields.


Any self-published/small press author can post any and all of their books on NovelScribe once it is hosted on Amazon. Adding a book on NovelScribe is found through the ‘Add A Book’ page. Here is a snippet of the ‘Add A Book’ page of NovelScribe to showcase its simplicity:







Title: State the title of your book.

Author: State the author of your book.

Media: Select what is the media type of your book. There are 4 listings: Audio, E-book, Print, Video.

Category: Select what category your book belongs to. There are 7 listings: Fiction, Graphic Novel/Comic, Movie Script, Non-Fiction, Play, Poem, Short Story.

First Genre: Select the main theme/genre of your book. There are 40 listings.

Second Genre: Select an additional theme/genre of your book. There are 40 listings.

Rating: Select the age-group that should read your book. There are 4 listings: Adult, Children, General, Teen.

Summary: A 500 character summation of your book. Why only 500? Because we believe that the quicker a reader is launched to your Amazon’s book page, the better. 

Price: State the price of your book.

Size: State the size (in kilobytes) of your book.

ASIN/ISBN-10/ISBN-13 #: This is the most important field on NovelScribe. We use this alphanumeric number to launch directly to your book’s page. The ASIN (Amazon Standard Identification Number) is Amazon’s identification number for Kindle books (as well as their other products), and should only be entered in this field when a Media type of ‘E-book’ is selected from the drop-down list. The ISBN-10 or ISBN-13 should only be entered in this field when a Media type of ‘Print’ is selected from the drop-down list.

Email: State the email address that should be associated with your book. This is required in the event we need to contact you concerning your book.

Book Code: A generated alphanumeric number that is emailed to you once a book has been submitted successfully. It can be changed to whatever is easiest for you to remember. It is needed for you to make edits to your book.

Author Remarks: Any additional information you would like to say about your book or yourself. A hyperlink to your website can be posted here as well.



Once the required fields (the ones with the red asterisk beside them) are filled out, and the book submitted successfully, it will show immediately if anyone searches for it. There is no waiting period for your book to show. This is the simplicity and speediness of NovelScribe.

But why only self-published and small press authors? Well, simple: self-published and small press authors need exposure, too. Currently, published works by big-name authors such as Stephen King or Dean Koontz or Jodi Picoult are firmly in the limelight. They have the means for aggressive and prominent advertising, while many self-published/small press authors do not. Many self-published/small press authors have to struggle to be recognised, and for their works to be appreciated. Therefore, we hope that by using NovelScribe and its Forum as often as they choose, self-published and small press authors can receive the recognition and appreciation we rightly deserve.




If you’d like to find out more about us, our email address is: info@novelscribe.com

To contact Tracy Leach: tleach@novelscribe.com

To contact Florry Leach: fleach@novelscribe.com


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