Sunday, 1 June 2014

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought...

If you enjoyed Charles Fudgemuffin then we recommend ... Charles Dickens?


As an author and a reader, a useful tool on Amazon's website is their 'Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought...' feature.  It's primarily designed to help readers find similar books which they might also like, but as an author it's interesting to see what sort of books your readers are interested in.

However, some of the suggestions aren't always what you would expect, and some of the unexpected results I've found include my fourth book, Hopes And Dreams, apparently appealing to the same target audience as Charles Dickens!  To be specific, A Tale Of Two Cities, David Copperfield and Oliver Twist were apparently all bought by the same readers as Hopes And Dreams.

Charles Dickens appeals to a similar target audience as Charles Fudgemuffin, apparently.

If any Dickens' fans are reading this and thinking, 'Hmm, maybe I'll give that Charles Fudgemuffin a try, then,' I should perhaps point out that Charles Dickens and myself have very little in common.  In fact if I had to compile a list of similarities between us, it would go something like this:

1) We share the name 'Charles'.
2) That's it.

To sum it up, if the classic authors were on Venus, then my books would be located way beyond Mars somewhere in the Andromeda galaxy.

I think perhaps the reason why Dickens was shown as a suggested alternative to Hopes And Dreams could perhaps be because at the time Hopes And Dreams had only been on sale for a few days and therefore at that point I'd only sold a couple of books.  The Amazon algorithms therefore had very little data to work with which creates a greater potential for unusual results.  Now that Hopes And Dreams has been on sale for a few months, the alternative suggestions are far more logical, with sci-fi comedy books featuring quite prominently (as well as the other books in the 'How To Save The World' series), which is what I would have expected.

A meat pie, as envied by Charles Dickens.
Anyway, just to reiterate, myself and Charles Dickens have very little in common, but if any fans of classic literature want to stay up to date with the latest Charles Dickens news then you can follow Charles on twitter (@DickensSays).  Charles generally tweets about his novels and also reveals the occasional insight into his everyday life.  For example in one of his latest tweets he reports:

"On the omnibus, riding into town to meet a colleague. Some fellow is eating a meat pie. How I envy him."

Charles also has a website where he talks about his latest projects and forthcoming releases:
Charles Dickens website

Please note, Charles Dickens doesn't really run the twitter account and website shown above.  He of course has people to do that sort of thing for him.

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If you enjoyed A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens then apparently you may also enjoy Hopes And Dreams by Charles Fudgemuffin, in the same way that fans of cookery books may also enjoy books discussing Russian economic policy during the 1920s.

Hopes And Dreams
Part 3A in the 'How To Save The World' series.
Hopes And Dreams is the fourth of the alien comedy 'How To Save The World' books which are written by Charles Fudgemuffin and available for Kindle.  Click on the following link to check it out on Amazon:
Hopes And Dreams


Follow Charles Fudgemuffin on facebook and twitter:
Facebook:  Charles Fudgemuffin
Twitter:  @CFudgemuffin 


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"People Are Literally Tearing Their Hair Out!"
10 Cool Internet Easter Eggs (Part 3)
Daft Office Pranks (Part 1)

Please note, the above posts are actually totally unrelated, but they've got more in common than me and Charles Dickens!

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About The Author

The 'How To Save The World' books
by Charles Fudgemuffin
Charles Fudgemuffin is the author of the alien comedy 'How To Save The World' books which are available for Kindle from Amazon.  The first book in the series is available from the following link:
How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy

As with all Kindle books, you can also download a free sample of the first few chapters.

Please note, the 'How To Save The World' books contain material suitable for ages 18+ and are not recommended for prudes or squares.