Is getting a dog a good enough excuse for my absence these past couple of months? A lot has been going on. Freelancing is finally starting to take off for me, I’m trying to figure out where I’m going to live after this autumn, and I’ve done a healthy amount of slacking off. Continue reading
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?
Occasionally I’ll be guest blogging over at williambryanmiller.com . Check out my first post on what I think makes a good villain:
Book three has been sent off to the beta readers! Check out a review for book 1 from Cate’s Book Nut Hut. I’ll admit I was pretty nervous waiting for this review! 🙂
Born to a people reduced to legend and superstition, Ankenar was ready to live out his life as the overlooked middle child, but when his family and race are threatened he must reach out to a world that has forgotten him.
At only 90 pages long, this short sets the groundwork for some extremely believable characters that will have you fully connecting to them by the time those dreaded words above appear on the page. This was the perfect start to a series; not too long that the reader would wonder whether they would be able to carry on the journey with the characters, but also not too…
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The end of the waiting, I mean. This series has at least two more installments in the works. Continue reading