I’m still in the process of analyzing my new baseline. To do this I am collecting sale reports across all the retailers and distributors that I’m already using. It’s taken more time than I thought it would, for several reasons (some listed below). In the process of collecting reports and putting together a new spreadsheet, I thought I would share a few things I’ve noticed.
- Finding the right reports can be a real pain in the neck. They aren’t always easy to find. Or there are so many and the ones that sound like they are the ones I need turn out not to be the one needed. I kept having to go back and forth from the spreadsheets to the website to find a different one.
- Createspace reports made me want to tear my hair out. The information displayed on the website was exactly what I needed, only to find that the exported report did not have all the information as the website. I ended up having to copy and paste from the website. ARGH!
- Kobo still doesn’t have the ability to generate and download reports from their website? Still, this many years later?
- Most of the retailers really stink when it comes to naming the downloaded reports. I had to rename so many of them so I could easily find which ones I wanted later.
- Some retailers don’t have detailed reports of what books sell on specific days. You only get by month. Retailers need to step up their game on this. Apple and Amazon, I’m looking at you.
- There is definitely consolidation in the ebook retailer area. Several that I had listed in 2014 are now completely gone (ARE, and then several small ones I reached through a distributor). Sad to see income streams go away, even if they were smaller.
- Smashwords used to be a rather good sales platform for me. For 2017? It’s literally zero. Wow, Smashwords has really fallen and is not a competitor now, at least not for me.
This has been an interesting process. I’m not an expert in statistics by any means, but already I’m learning a few things that I hope will help me when moving forward.