In today’s world it’s easy to get bogged down with numbers. How many Twitter followers does an author have? Facebook fans? Friends on Goodreads? Reviews?
As an author I try not to focus on numbers. But I do admit there’s one type that is hard to resist: book sales. On one hand it’s important for me to know how many books I’m selling. Let’s say I changed a cover, did that bump up sales? Did a 99 cent sale work? How’s a new release doing?
On the other hand, it’s not necessary to check every hour. When I first published I was checking my numbers way too often. Seriously, it was unhealthy. Then I developed a routine. When I log into my computer in the morning I check and jot down the numbers. For the rest of the day I try to resist the urge to peek. Most of the time I succeed, however, it’s hard to stay strong when something big is going on, like a sale or a new release.
The numbers can be depressing, but that’s not the most important issue. My time is better spent writing. Or on promotion. I have to remind myself that number of sales are like all the other numbers involved in the writing game and I shouldn’t focus on them. Keep writing. That’s more important.
Are there any aspects about writing, besides writing, that you get hung up one?
This is the second week for the book tour promoting my latest release Confessions From A Coffee Shop.
Many bloggers have been kind enough to help me with the promotion. This week I’ll be featured on:
Christine Rains (updated)
Cher Green (updated)
Shannon A. Thompson (updated)
Colline’s Blog (updated)
The links will be updated during the week. I would like to thank everyone for all of their support and encouragement. It means a lot!
Have a wonderful week!