Happy Monday, WG2E-Land Peeps!
Recently, to keep both my creative and business routines fresh and interesting, I’ve been mixing ‘em up a bit.
For example, I’ve gone from checking and recording my Ebook Sales (across all channels) daily to checking and recording them just once per month.
And wow is that a HUGE change for me! I used to record them every day, but with Amazon’s algorithms changing every whipstitch and Smashwords’ sporadic reporting, I’ve decided to simply record them monthly versus daily.
This is saving me a ton of time as well as saving my sanity too!
When you’re first starting out in your Indie Epublishing Journey, I advise you do check and record your sales daily. That way, you can see the impact various marketing strategies have on your sales. For example, you’ll see the effects various blog sponsorships have on your sales (i.e. Ereader-Centric Blog Sponsorships like Ereader News Today (ENT), Pixel of Ink (PoI) and RG2E), and you can watch what happens after you’ve hit bestseller lists or after a bestselling author has given you a sweet shout-out or after you’ve upped your presence on Facebook and Twitter.
But after you’ve settled into your Indie Epublishing World, and have several Ebooks on your cyber shelf and a nice following, I don’t see an advantage to recording your sales daily. In fact, it can make you a bit paranoid to watch all the gigantic swings, dives and thrives of your Ebook Sales. And, it takes time away from writing the next book.
I weened myself from daily record-keeping to bi-monthly and now just monthly.
When I took stock of my daily schedule, following this change, I couldn’t believe how much time I was spending tracking numbers and recording ‘em too. I’m now able to produce an extra 5 pages per day of my next book! Yayyy!!!
I still get a little panicky because I now no longer know how much money I’ve made in any given week, and that was kind of cool to look at and boosted my muses to keep on crankin’ out pages. But at the same time, it’s never been about the money to me, and now I have more time to spend with my readers in the communities I’ve built for them and more time to write the next book I’ll treat them to! And MY READERS ARE MY EVERYTHING!!!
It’s Your Turn, WG2E-Land: How Often Do You Check Your Ebook Sales?
P.S. I still do spot check ‘em every few days, but I just don’t take the time to record them and analyze ‘em except for once per month.