We have probably all heard the rumors about publishers buying spots on a bestseller list for their particular author, promotion-style. I have no idea if that is true. But being an imaginative author, I could use that in a future book.
Within Amazon, I have seen novels categorized as nonfiction, earning a bestseller ranking. That is easily discerned by a simple survey, comparing the offering described to the bestseller category. In my mind, fiction should be categorized under fiction. Nonfiction under nonfiction.
Sorry, as an author, I'd rather have a pure and true ranking, even if I fail to reach bestseller status. Yes, to be ranked that high would be a wonderful tally of votes from my readers and I look forward to that. But I'm not ready to lie to get there faster.
Another one of my idiosyncrasies.
Maybe the problem is not overtly choosing to take a shortcut as it is simply akin to the lack of basic grammar knowledge, which I have addressed in multiple earlier postings. But I hold authors to a higher standard when it comes to that and spelling and simple definitions. So I cannot fathom that an author does not know the difference between "fiction" and "nonfiction." Still, for the record, I will define them here.
"Fiction" means made-up within the confines of our imagination, a fictitious account, a novel, a story someone creates. Examples: includes genres of romance, sci-fi, fantasy, thrillers, mysteries, satire, comedy, tragedy, plus young adult, children's, etc.
And "nonfiction" means a conglomeration of facts--like for a textbook, a cookbook, a How-To guide, etc. Nonfiction is not created, it is recorded. Nonfiction is not imagined. Examples: demographic compilations, the census findings, encyclopedias, how-to manuals, biographies, etc.
The majority of you known and unknown readers of my blog can ignore this posting. I'm preaching to the choir. For the others, I obviously cannot change them. They must change themselves.