Since the book launched, I’ve been clicking refresh icons every five minutes to see whether I’ve sold another copy. Because my book is sold in many outlets across five or six platforms that means clicking on a lot of refresh icons. To monitor sales there are amazon.com, amazon.co.uk (I haven’t even bothered to check the other Amazon sites). This is just to check the book’s Amazon ranking because to view the actual sales I need to monitor the Kindle Direct Publishing and CreateSpace sites.
In addition to Amazon there are four other sites I need to check to monitor sales to other outlets. The first of these is the Direct2digital which distributes my books to Apple iBooks, Kobo, Nook (Barnes & Noble), 24Symbols, Scribd, Playster, Overdrive plus others. Publish Drive distributes to Google Play plus others. Smashwords adds a few more outlets. Streetlib a couple of others.
As well as checking sales, I have been checking how the advertising has been going. Bookbub, Amazon Marketing Services and Facebook are all able to provide me with statistics for both how many times my adverts have appeared on pages and how many times people have clicked on the ads.
Then there is social media. Tweeting the progress of the launch and sharing on Facebook. Checking how many people have signed up to my mailing list or accessed this blog. how many people have opened or clicked on my emails. Not to mention checking my email.
It all adds up to lots of opportunities to avoid writing.