A site called “BookDiscovery.co” offers useful analytics for authors.
Except that I have no idea how their algorithms work. Because instead of “pirates” which is the main theme of the Solar Wind series, it analyses every last book in the series as “military”. That’s a scream, unless the program doesn’t realize that “Captain” is not only a military rank but more originally, someone who is in charge of a ship.
I also ran Arcana through their analytics and they came up in the first place with “Law Enforcement” (WTF??) and only secondly, “Wizards and Witches”. Ok, Ivy (the main character) does get into scrapes with the law, but the main theme of the book is how she is drawn into magic much against her own belief system.
The rest of the analytics are pretty much the same as you’d find on Word for Windows – overused words, passive sentences, adverb and adjective usage, Flesh-Kincaid reading ease… but if I were to flog ‘Arcana’ off to readers as a law-enforcement novel and the ‘Solar Wind’ series as a military series, I’d sit with a lot of pretty ticked-off readers! They will discover to their disgust that these books are exactly the opposite! Ivy evades the police and locks horns with them when they aren’t available when she needs them; the crew of the Solar Wind are pirates and escaping the military, the military is evil and the pirates are the only ones who maintain a certain balance of logic and sanity.
It’s fun to play with such a program though. Let me run a few more books through it. Will they get even one right?
They didn’t get “Almost Dead in Suburbia” right either: Topics: Animals, The Military and 19th Century. Honestly?? “Almost Dead” is a very clever ghost story with a twist. You see, to qualify for being a ghost you must be dead, which the protagonist is emphatically not. And, 19th century?? What about the struggling computer company and the anonymous genius… I’d better not give away too much now!