BISAC Categories Explained
BISAC is an abbreviation for "Book Industry Standards and Communications." BISAC Codes and Subject Headings are a long list of topics created by the Book Industry Study Group (BISG).
BISAC Codes are a publishing industry-approved list of nine-character alphanumeric codes representing broad genre or subject matter descriptors.
There are thousands of BISAC codes, and they allow libraries, retailers, and online stores to accurately catalogue and "place" your book among their millions of other offerings. So, your new book can only be categorised accurately if it has the correct BISAC Codes.
Selecting the Right BISAC Subject Code
The correct BISAC subject code describes your content accurately and concisely. It's never a good idea to go for codes that apply to only a few chapters or touch on one peripheral topic or theme of work.
However, if your book has more than one subject matter, you may select more than one subject code.
The best practice is to select up to three BISAC Codes.
Choosing three BISAC Codes is considered the best method to help ensure the broadest reach for your book. Give your writing more than one opportunity to be found. Could you provide it with three?
As a rule, look for codes that reflect the breadth and depth of your book's content.
What to consider with BISAC
Please look at how your customers view themselves when looking for a book on your topic. For example, if they think of themselves as parents who have a challenge with a child, then parenting is the correct category.
The first subject code should be the most accurate and specific code possible. When your BISAC code is more precise, more chances are to attract more targeted readers who are more likely to purchase.
Please consider selecting codes from multiple top-level BISAC categories to broaden discovery.
To do this, Do not use 'General' Codes.
Could you classify your book depending on its content and the key aspects that will resonate with potential buyers?
Including a 'General' code is OK if you have already chosen a more specific BISAC code for a given category or subcategory.
BISAC codes are supposed to exhibit consistency across different formats of the same work.
Please take a look at the book titles and taglines below.
Tagline: '32 Girls. 1 Crown. The competition of a lifetime.'
Book Title – The Selection
This tagline tells would-be buyers precisely what kind of book and storyline to expect. However, it does give would-be readers an idea of what is at stake.
Tagline: 'Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.'
Book Title – An Ember in the Ashes
This tagline above tells you to expect a romance read while communicating the critical conflict and characters. The book differed from the type of reading I was looking for, but this tagline sold it to me. All in all, I did enjoy the reading.
Tagline: 'Even in the future, the story begins with Once Upon a Time.'
Book Title – Cinder
A genuine reflection of the story told. (It appears to be fairy-tale-inspired and set in a futuristic world). 'Once Upon a Time' adds an enchanting feel to it. You must credit this title for not applying this cliché phrase in a sappy way. It also complements the cover and title well.
Tagline: 'Her beauty is a weapon – and Fire is going to use it.'
Book Title – Fire
I do like this one. This title does offer something quite intriguing. Read the title: How is her beauty a weapon, and how will she use it? Does my mind boggle? It does reflect the core focus and a magical element of the story. It also refers to the main character within the tagline.
Tagline: 'Winning will make you famous. Losing means certain death.'
Book Title – The Hunger Games
The tagline above has a different smooth flow and an excellent rhythm than others. However, it still has the power to do its job. A would-be reader would perhaps understand that big things are at stake. The focus looks obvious to be on a game or competition.
Tagline: 'Dive into a world torn apart by a powerful race with phenomenal powers of the mind – and none of the heart….'
Book Title – Slave to Sensation
Again, this could lack some of the grace and flow of others we have mentioned. Still, it does communicate the setting, the genre and the conflict defining the story's heart. It also has enough intriguing elements to make me want to get into it and read on.
Tagline: 'Sometimes being a God is no fun at all….'
Book Title – Pyramids
Short and sweet, for sure. It looks at both the humorous and the central focus of the story. Do you ask, 'What would make being a God not fun?'
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