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September 16, 2012

I am mostly in the dark about my sales. Amazon gives me a running tally but it's not in real time. Smashwords lags behind a month or more before issuing sales reports.

I use smashwords to sell titles on Apple iTunes so that lag can be frustrating. You can imagine my elation at finding a website/app called BookChart.info that tracks iTunes eBook titles in each genre, by country, and updates the chart every day.

The Big Catch is it only tracks the Top 100 Sellers. I didn't expect to be in the Top 100. Still it was better than nothing.

Imagine my surprise when I found out that I did occasionally crack the USA Top 100 and, not only that, I had half a dozen titles that were daily fixtures on the
iTunes Canadian Top 100 Erotica Titles .

In fact, in April 2012, my story 'Legs' reached the Number One spot three times. Too bad it didn't bump up my sales.

Evidently being on the chart doesn't reflect sales at all.

I know these charts are not 'Official' and official ratings charts such as Amazon's can have upward movement without actual sales for some reason anyway(possibly your book gets some page views but no sale?). I understand that.

This chart tracks something though, right? The Top 100 titles should have at least one sale each, don't you think?

The titles and authors that appear on the chart are not just random. They match up with the authors I see high on the ranking schemes of other ebook sites.

It violates the terms of service, as I understand them, to reveal my actual sales figures. That makes writing a post like this difficult.

The upshot is why would an author's book appear in the Top 100, over and over again, and not record sales?

I have watched this situation for several months now looking for a reasonable explanation. I don't see one.

More than once I have emailed the person that developed the chart but received no reply. Smashwords is no help. I'm sure they would say they report the numbers that iTunes gives them.

As it stands this post is a lament about the lack of timely sales information. I've read worse blog rants.

I hope it's be more than that.

Are there any Canadian readers out there that have purchased my stories on iTunes?

Does the chart seem right?

Are there any authors that use the BookChart.info chart to track their books? Does it seem accurate to you?

Any feedback would be appreciated.
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Published on September 16, 2012 07:11 • 143 views • Tags: bookchart-info, canadian-ereaders, ebook-sales-reporting, itunes-erotica

July 28, 2012

I just want to welcome and thank all of my new friends.

I hadn't planned on doing much with this Goodreads page. I never got the hang of it. For example, I don't understand why there are Friends, Fans & Followers. Or I guess I should say I don't understand the distinctions.

I know I could sort it out if I took the time but that's just a simple example. Trying to make a Goodreads Fanpage on Facebook is another. Apparently I succeeded in creating one but I can't seem to do anything with it.

Believe it or not I'm not complaining I just hope I am not inadvertently committing serial faus pax of one kind or another vis a vis friendships. I'm ignorant of the way things work around here. Someone left a comment for me in an area I didn't know existed until I happened upon it by accident. That happens to me all the time around here.

I am very surprised at the growth of my number of friends. It's amazing.

Hopefully I'll get up to speed eventually!
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Published on July 28, 2012 07:32 • 67 views

July 23, 2012

I logged in here the other day with the idea of updating a few of my eBook covers that have new makeovers. I noticed a button that let me invite my Twitter contacts who also happened to be Goodreads members to be Goodreads friends.

I clicked it. Why not? I was surprised to find more than a hundred of my Tweeps were here on Goodreads. I like that. I'm not sure how much time I'll be spending on Goodreads but it's nice to see some friendly faces in here.

It appears I am not allowed to update my own eBook cover without special permission status so that didn't work out too well but at least I have some friends here now.

Thanks y'all!
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Published on July 23, 2012 04:55 • 62 views • Tags: friends, twitter

April 8, 2012

I only became aware of Goodreads after someone took it upon themselves to post my ebooks here.

That was about a year ago. I joined so I could upload newer covers and fix errors associated with my books.

I entertained vague aspirations of reaching out and trying to connect with the good folks here but it wasn't in the cards for me.

Goodreads caters to a sophisticated gathering of confirmed bookophiles. That was the impression I initially perceived and it still holds true. You folks take your reading very seriously.

I admire that.

I admire that but I write for a less robust readership that apparently enjoys a quick and easy diversion without a lot of fuss.

That's just the way things stack up with me.

So after a few tentative attempts at broadening my contacts here I stepped away from actively networking here.

I do want to say I appreciate whoever took the time to post my ebooks here. And I appreciate the honest feedback I receive.

I write light books but I don't take my writing lightly. It means a lot to me and I am grateful to live in a time and place that allows me to indulge my passion and have my work reach so many willing readers.

When I think of all the many great writers of the past who never garnered any attention until years after they were gone I am truly humbled.

I write within my ability. That's the best I can do. I'm a simple writer who enjoys what I do. I hope you do, too.

Ciao, Bella!
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Published on April 08, 2012 18:26 • 103 views • Tags: bookophiles, goodreads, joe-brewster, thank-you

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