Proof copies are on their way. I’ve reworked covers for Children of Fire and Beginning Stones, which has been a lot of fun and good practice. I’m really looking forward to having them all with a matte finish cover.
For Beginning Stones, the title font was always an issue for me. I’m still not sure if I’m happy with it. I also wanted to make sure that the background really showed up. CreateSpace tends to print things a little on the dark side, but I wanted the detail of the stone floor to be more visible.
I also added text to the spine, which will hopefully be centered. We’ll see!
Thoughts for this one?
Amazon has recently updated their Reports section for those of us who publish through their KDP system. For a detailed description of what they updated, you can look here.
I’ve been wishing for more trackable data from Amazon for a while now, and this is a great first step, in my opinion. The graph on the dashboard will be a great help to indie authors who want to have more control over tracking their sales and marketing efforts. You can filter the graph by dates, title, and various international markets to target what’s selling and when.
This update will help indie authors to track their marketing efforts much more accurately. Instead of having to keep a list of numbers in mind, we’ll be able to see how many of each title we’ve sold on any given day. If you’re trying several promotions in a month, for instance, you’ll be able to check the dates for those promotions and compare the success, or lack thereof, directly.
This is something we’ve had on Smashwords for a while, so it’s nice to see Amazon catching up. Here are some more things I’d like to see on my sales dashboards in the future:
-Referral traffic data. I’d like to know how many people are coming from my website, social media, outside sources, etc. This would also benefit people running promotions, as we’d be able to determine how much traffic we get from those promo sites.
-Data on repeat customers. How many people who bought book 1 moved on to books 2 and 3?
-Page views for my Amazon pages, including books and author pages. Are my pages getting traffic? What’s the bounce rate? How often do pageviews convert into sales?
That’s my 2 cents on Amazon’s latest update for KDP users. Hopefully we’ll get more of these author-benefitting changes in the near future! What are some things you’d like to see?
Eye of the Void
Children of Fire, Part III
“To kill a dragon is one of the greatest crimes of existence, and the Delerin have killed many. Nature, in order to right itself, has issued a punishment, but who will pay the true price for elvish atrocities?”
Print copies: Coming soon. If you’d like a signed copy, go to “Books” and click on the Eye of the Void cover.
A special thank-you to my Beta Readers, who kept my confidence up and gave me excellent feedback during the editing process. If you’re interested in becoming a Beta Reader for me, follow me on Facebook and let me know!
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