Visit your Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) bookshelf and check out the new, totally amazing Sales Dashboard.
It may not help you get more sales, but it will make it easier to track what sales you do get:
- The best feature may be the running totals at the bottom (under the chart), showing you exactly how much you’re making in each country (well, borrows can’t be figured into this since). Change the period from the last 30 days to month-to-date and click the update report button to see how much you’ve made in each country this month.
- A graph shows you your sales over a period of time. This will help to keep track of which days are better or worse for sales and how a promotion impacts your sales frequency.
- For KDP Select authors, the graph shows borrows separately from sales (and if you do a freebie, those are shown separately, too). Uncheck a box at the bottom of the chart for any data you don’t want to see.
- The left filter lets you see all marketplaces together, or you can pick a specific country.
- You can also see data for a specific book rather than all titles.
- Note that the report defaults by showing you data for the last 30 days. If you prefer to see what you’ve sold just this month, for example, change this to month-to-date. There are 5 time periods to choose from.
- You can also create your own time period by using the calendars.
- Click the button at the right (Update Report) when you wish to make a change.
- Try the button at the bottom called Generate Report. This gives you a customizable Excel table.
I’d like to see one more thing in this report: Why not add a column at the bottom showing the total number sold in each country? If you’d also like to see this, send KDP an email. They won’t know if this may be a popular feature unless they hear from you.
What do you think of the new report?
Chris McMullen, Author of A Detailed Guide to Self-Publishing with Amazon and Other Online Booksellers
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I saw that and was mildly annoyed that they put it where the monthly sales link usually goes. I played around with it, but I’m not liking how it seems to be a plummet for everything I have. For my own self-esteem, I might stick to seeing the numbers that typically go up.
Maybe they wanted people to click that link out of habit to find out about it. It is odd that they introduced this in the middle of the month. Since sales often decline about now, many authors are seeing a downward trend. For self-esteem, maybe only check the graph when you know sales are on the rise. 🙂
I was wondering that too. Seems like a really mean act, but they might not have realized that mid-month causes a slump.
That huge graph is rather intimidating. I am looking at a flat line except for the falling trickle I had for two weeks after my promo in February. In my profession, a flat line is not a good sign. I would rather see a normal sinus rhythm, but any sort of dysrhythmia would do. I kinda like the month to date sales view…at least the numbers always go up till the first of the next month 🙂
My feeling is that Amazon has received so many requests for a better report for several years now, that they wanted to create a big visual impact. KDP evidently didn’t consider that in the middle of the month, most of the sales graphs will be declining right about now.
The table at the bottom solves one common complaint: Now it’s easy to see if there have been sales in other countries without having to check each report individually. I would have been happy just to see a running total of for the total quantity of sales for the month (which is still missing).
The numbers don’t always go up (they could just stay at zero). They can even go down. I got a return on a book at the beginning of a month once. For a short while, I was in the red. 😉