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paulamcb

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Do you have a pattern of sales?
Posted: May 7, 2012 1:01 AM
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What I mean is this: to convince myself that looking at my sales score every 10 minutes or so is healthy and useful I've been taking notes on when I get a sale and what time of day I generally make sales. (I haven't gone as far as making a chart, though this may happen).

In general, I have a few sales overnight from the US, and a couple from the UK. A sprinkling of sales during the morning in the UK is normal, along with a few in the afternoon. My best time for selling is in the early evening.

This makes sense as my books are mostly picture books for children. Though my chapter book for older children can sale later on into the evening.

Do you see a pattern in your sales? Or am I just sad?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hairy-Spider-Childrens-Picture-ebook/dp/B005HFHI26
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Football-Fantastic-Reading-Chapter-ebook/dp/B007XXLP92
thorkill71

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Re: Do you have a pattern of sales?
Posted: May 7, 2012 5:57 AM   in response to: paulamcb in response to: paulamcb
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I used to be obsessed with checking the sales reports, but I found that I wasting too much time doing that.

Think about it this way, every time you login and check your reports...thats time you're wasting on more important things, like:

1. Marketing your book

2. Writing another book

3. Finishing a book you already have started.

I check my sales reports twice a day. It's the first thing I do in the morning, and the last thing I do before I put my head down for the night.

If sales increased between morning and night, I'm happy. It means my marketing paid off.

If there were no sales, I know I have to work even harder tomorrow.

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livinginadaydream

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Re: Do you have a pattern of sales?
Posted: May 7, 2012 6:37 AM   in response to: paulamcb in response to: paulamcb
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I do have a pattern although I'm new. When I had two writings I had one sale every other day. So, I increased it to four. Now I have a sale everyday at least. So, I made a goal; ten sales a day. Ten a day would mean I need about 40 good quality writings. I'm using that number to motivate me to write more to achieve my goal. With ten sales a day I could make a reasonable amount of money and I could start writing full time.

It's great to make charts and such because it's fun, but I might suggest making it into something to determine how much you should write and/or market to achieve a minimum goal. Then once you accomplish the goal set the bar higher and so on.

Just my two cents, take it or leave it.
paulamcb

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Re: Do you have a pattern of sales?
Posted: May 7, 2012 6:51 AM   in response to: livinginadaydream in response to: livinginadaydream
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Well done livinginadaydream. I love my 'market research' and even though I try not to spend too much time at it (Yes I could be writing) it has thrown some interesting facts up that I can now use for my promotional work.
Like you I made a 10 a day goal some time back, this didn't take too long to get as I added more books. I now have 8 children's books on and they sell a varied amount per book per month.
It certainly is a great motivator.
I s'pose that's why Amazon give us charts on our sales in author cental!
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