How does this translate into selling books, though? I honestly have no idea. It's like shooting at a target three hundred yards away, open-sighted. According to Amazon and Barnes and Noble, I'm not selling much. But Smashwords only sends me quarterly reports and they distribute to Amazon and Barnes and Noble as well. I have absolutely NO clue how that works. But last quarter, my Smashwords sales were ten times what my Amazon sales were, and thirty times what my Barnes and Nobles numbers were
I can only assume this quarter's numbers will be better, for a multitude of reasons--
- I've released an additional book.
- I think I've got a handle on the marketing thing. If nothing else, I at least have a routine...
- My name (brand) is in more places that it was during the last quarter, and if I keep doing what I'm doing, it should be in more places.
My big plan as far as marketing goes is to just get my name in as many forums as possible. The more people are exposed to my name, the more sales can be expected, right?
But at the moment, sales are measurable to me. And I have no idea how to predict what my quarterly sales will be...
I can't help but obsess about sales and money. I'm back at the dentist's office. *sigh*