Tools for Tracking Novel Sales

DESCENT was published July 25th, 2015, and I’d like to share some of the tools I’ve discovered since the launch.

Novelrank is free software that keeps track of Amazon sales for you. I don’t know how accurate it is, but it does give an idea of how your book is doing.

Booklinker is free service that will create a link for you book, but here’s the magic. Instead of having to create one link for each Amazon site your book is on, it creates one link and when a user clicks on the link, they are taken to that Amazon of their county. Book linker also shows you how many times the link was clicked for each country. Here is the link for DESCENT:  myBook.to/Descent

Bitly is another way to create links. In one email campaign I used, I sent a specific link to each person using the amazon of their country. Bitly has a useful stats page that will tell you how many times the link is clicked and what day it was clicked on.  Here is an example of the country specific clicks. This doesn’t tell you anything about sales, but it does let you know if people are clicking the link and hence is your campaign working.

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The other way to get an idea of how your book is doing is watch amazon rankings and bestseller lists. Your publisher may also publish a bestseller list. Imajin Books showcases their bestselling authors each month and you can see DESCENT did well in both paperback and eBook.

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If you know of any other useful tools out there, please comment below and let me know.

Thanks for reading…

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14 thoughts on “Tools for Tracking Novel Sales

      1. Right. Past never predicts future.

        A story of a novelist who published, then after a few months removed his book from the ebook market. After a bit more time, he published and his sales took off, even three months his book sales kept climbing. So timing and luck has something to do with it.

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  1. Hi Kristina,

    Great post. Have you ever looked into GeoRiot? We actually power BookLinker, but with GeoRiot you get way more tools that allow you to track all of your metrics right in one place. It would combine what you’re doing through BookLinker and Bitly into one service. You can also view Amazon commissions and sales right in the GeoRiot dashboard.

    Check it out at georiot.com

    Thanks for the great post and sharing some useful tools for writers!

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  2. You’re welcome! Also, don’t forget to become and Amazon Associate so you can earn referral commissions when people purchase your books after clicking on your links. You can do this through GeoRiot (and BookLinker) links as well.

    Feel free to contact us, contact@georiot.com, if you ever have any questions.

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