• What is BookSalesReport?

    BooksalesReport is a website that hosts your book sales for you, and allow you to run multiple reports on the data. Currently we have over 25 reports, all giving multiple results.

    What can BookSalesReport do for me?

    Booksalesreport is an immensely powerful reporting system that combines all your book sales across all your distributing platforms. This allows you to see exactly where your sales are coming from. As well as seeing the effects of your Amazon ads. By comparing different book sales against each other you can see how one book in a series is affecting other books. This will help you decide where to put your advertising funds, as well as possibly updating book covers and descriptions. Without having all the data together at your fingertips it is hard to get a real understanding of exactly how a book sells. Sales may look like they are down if you only focus on one area, such as Amazon, while sales at Apple or SmashWords climbed and raised the overall sales for a book. Seeing patterns over time for when a book sells more can help you allocate advertising funds when needed to boost sales or take advantage of best months to sell.

    Without tracking your global sales, you are shooting in the dark and taking guesses. For less than the royalty of a book a month, you can have a powerful reporting system at your fingertips. BookSalesReport is dedicated to help you sell more books with informative reports.

    What Are The Benefits Of Global Reports?

    Reports are essentially pattern recognition. For BookSalesReport.com, it is pattern recognition on your book sales. There are a number of benefits to knowing the global patterns or trends of your sales. A few are listed below.

     

    Increases Effective Planning
    By analysing past sales, you will see a pattern for when in a year, or month a book sells best. If you plan on releasing a sequel, you can schedule the release for when the other books sell the best to maximise sales of the new book. You will also be able to predict income from book sales in advance and plan accordingly with your expenses and advertising. This is tremendously important for long term strategies. If the first book or books in a series are just not selling, it may be better to switch to a different story or genre than continue with the same series. The same if sales are dramatically dropping from say book 4 in a series. You may be better of going to a new story and series.

     

    Reduced Loss
    By knowing what advertising campaigns are truly affecting sales over time, as well as when is the best time to increase advertising funds, you will minimize on lost advertising costs that go to empty clicks. By viewing the effects on events such as a book cover or description update for one book, you can decide if it is worth it to invest in the rest of a series or not. By noting the sales difference between print and digital sales over time for books you have, you are better equipped to decide if the books you write is worth creating print versions. By comparing one book’s sales against another, you can decide on which book to spend your advertising money on. In a series or book bundle (same book topic), one book will naturally sell more than another, with the next one selling less and so on. If the ratio dramatically drops from one book to another, then there may be a problem with that book that needs fixing. Say 10 people buy your first book in a series and eight of them buy your second book, but only one of that eight buys your third book in the series, then you may need to look at book two.

     

    Increased Understanding of Where Your Sales Are Coming From
    Markets go up and down. Sometimes it is hard to see if there is something wrong with your book or the market is just down. By splitting sales between channels and print and E-book versions, you can see trends over time. You may notice that one channel’s sales are constantly going down while another channel’s sales are going up for the same book. Or that your print sales are starting to overtake your e-Book sales. This allows you to plan accordingly.

     

    What reports can I run?

    A host of reports. The best is to sign up and be blown away with the data you can get. However, to name a few. You can run reports showing total sales for all your books across all your distributing agencies, or just for a single book. You can drill that down to a month. You can compare book sales against each other, and years against each other. You can link your Amazon Marketing with your books and see reports that compare your Amazon clicks and cost to your book sales. You can see your net income (amazon marketing cost, expenses, and bank fees already deducted). You can run reports to see the returns for books, the best kindle page reads, best free downloads, and a host more.

    I write under a pen name.

    Great. BookSalesReport was designed with publishers and Authors with multiple pen names in mind. Just create a different author under your main account and link that to the book. We are in the progress of creating reports were you can see the sales compared between different Authors or pen names.

    How much does it cost?

    Nothing. Although we will not complain if you would like to buy us a cup of coffee here. The site is supported and funded by Anton Swanepoel

    Do I need to give my login details to my Amazon, SmashWords, Apple, etch accounts?

    No. BookSalesReport does not log into any of your accounts. You need not fear that your accounts may be compromised. You download the reports yourself from Amazon, Apple and so on, save the excel file as a CSV file, and upload it into the database. As simple as that.

    What files are supported?

    Currently, Amazon, SmashWords, and CreateSpace files that are saved in CSV format are supported. You can also upload data using a generic file format, see upload help for more information. If you have very few sales, you can use the insert single sales record option.

    Why is there only one currency for income and expenses?

    In order to be able to do comparison reports between months and years, it is necessary to keep to one currency. Many retailers pay out in one currency, and even those like Amazon that pay out in different currencies, may convert some sales to US, GP or EUR currency. It is impossible to know what conversion rate would be used or was used for every currency for every sales. With different currencies, you may enter a payment of $100 while you mainly use pounds. At that moment you may know what that $100 payment was worth, but two years down the line or sometimes even two months, that $100 may be worth more, or even less. Thus, you may receive another payment of $100, and think you did the same. Where you could have done worse as the dollar value lessened to the pound. Or you may receive $97 and think you did worse, where you in fact did better as the dollar strengthened against the pound.

    Due to the ever-changing exchange rates between currencies, the only true way to compares sales, income and expenses over time is to use a single currency. If you get payments in different currencies, wait until the payment has cleared and see what the end amount in your local currency in your bank account is. Use that amount as your payment amount. If you have expenses not in your local currency, do a conversion for the expense at that time and use the amount as your expense. For instance if you mainly use US$ and pay someone online 50 pounds to make a new book cover. Convert the 50 pounds to US$ and then enter that as your expense for the book.

    Help I accidentally Uploaded Duplicate Records.

    If you accidentally uploaded the same file or even the same date, relax. We catered for this. Simply go to the maintenance window and select search sales data. Now select the file that you uploaded. All records are saved in the database according to upload files. You can now delete all the records that was in the file if you uploaded a file twice. Unless you know exactly how many books you sold for the day, it is best to delete all the records in the file that you uploaded if you accidentally selected a date twice. Say for instance you uploaded already from the 1 to the 15th of the month, then go and upload later from the 15th to the 20th. Select the file where you uploaded from the 15th to the 20th, and delete all the records, then upload a new file containing sales from the 16th to the 20th. If you are absolutely sure of what records should be shown for the 15th, you can opt to only delete the duplicate records. See the videos in the upload help section.

    Selection List.

    The selection lists such as year, month, and genre keeps changing or has no data? The system filters out selections for running reports depending on the data you have. This is to help you not run reports where you would get zero results. For instance, if you select book sales for a book, and only have sales for January, February 2017, then that is the only selection you will see. Thus you may see gaps in years and months for selections.

    I selected a year or month and the selection changed automatically.

    If you run a report for one book that have sales for a given period, and then select another book or genre that does not have sales for that period, the system will automatically select the oldest data available for your new selection and run a report from that. Say you have a book that have sales from 2011 and run a report for that year for it, then change to another book that only have sales from 2016. The system will automatically change your 2011 selection to 2016.

    I accidentally Uploaded a AMS Billing File Again or Made an Error in Creating the File

    AMS Billing data is recorded in the database against a batch upload id the same as sales records. You can search the billing data using the file name or date you uploaded the records, then either delete the records or update them accordingly.

    My Question/s are not Listed.

    Please contact support and we will be happy to assist you. Note that antonswanepoelbooks is the sponsor of this website.