I was dinking around on the Kindle part to get a feel for what goes into the upload process. And to see whether I can get the actual text uploaded and then just slap up the cover when it comes time.
One of the steps, of course, is to choose categories for the book. You get two.
The first one should obviously be frugality. Problem: Frugality isn’t an option under personal finance. You have:
- Money Management
- Retirement Planning
That’s annoying, right? Frugality is a big part of personal finance. (And where’s Debt Reduction? Maybe it’ll crop up during the next recession.) Anyway, it’s a tad frustrating, but hey, whatever. I checked General and moved on.
Then I tried to find the category for depression. Being the rational person that I am, I looked under Health & Fitness.
But as it turns out, depression apparently doesn’t fit under Health & Fitness. Not even in the Diseases section. Oh, but Health & Fitness does include Sleep Disorders, Breastfeeding, Acupuncture, Herbal Medications, Sleep Disorders and Holism.
I scroll down (and down and down) until I come to Self-Help. “No,” I think to myself. “Surely Amazon isn’t ridiculous enough to consider any book about depression to be self-help!”
Alas, I overestimated the company. Depression is under the Mood Disorders section of Self-Help. Pretty much any emotional issues are listed in Self-Help. (Other than the vague Mental Health under Psychology.)
Of course, other subjects include Green Living, Neuro- Linguistic Programming, Fashion & Style and Handwriting Analysis. So it seems Self-Help is a catchall category.*
Depression is a disease. That’s actually one of the recurring themes of my book: reminding people that they are sick. And category-placement like this utterly undermines that fact.
It’s the same attitude that causes people — including depressives — not to take the illness seriously. This crap is the reason people (again, including depressives) think you should just be able to “get over” depression.
You know, like how you think your way out of pneumonia.
In my afterword, I actually made a snarky comment about how depressives are only considered audiences for pharmaceutical ads and self-help books. I was (mostly) kidding. But apparently, I was also mostly right.
This situation is just another reminder that I need to try to get on some sort of national show. Since it’s self-published, I greatly doubt I’ll manage it. But I need to at least make the attempt. We need to work on demystifying depression — and teaching people that it’s a medical condition. It belongs at least under Health & Fitness, if not Diseases itself.
What category would you have expected depression to be in? And should I put the book under Psychology>Mental Health or Self-Help>Mood Disorders>Depression?
*Unless you’re analyzing your own handwriting, speech patterns, wardrobe and carbon footprint, I don’t see how any of that can be called self-help.