One of the authors that we work with, Eric Lorenzen, recently posted some excellent advice on tracking your book sales. He included a simple Excel spreadsheet so that other authors could upload it and use it. Here is his article:
This post is meant for my fellow writers. Because I self-publish through my own company (Reader Hill), I am responsible for tracking my book sales from quite a few different distribution channels. To do so, I’ve created spreadsheet with a page for each book. I thought I would share it online in case any other authors might want it.
I use a simple Excel spreadsheet with auto-sum formulas for each column. Here’s a screen shot of the form for those who are curious:
For each month, I track quantity sold, money earned, and quantity given away. I do this for each book that I’ve published. Using simple auto-sum formulas, the form then gives my a monthly total for all the data in each column.
Lower down on the spreadsheet, I add up the yearly Quantity Totals and yearly Income Totals.
At the bottom of the spreadsheet you will see that there are tabs for each book. I write in the book’s name there and in the top left box.
If you are interested in using the form, it is attached below:
I hope this helps some of my fellow writers.
Thanks for reading, Eric
(copyright Eric Lorenzen, used with permission. From EricLorenzen.com)
We hope that some of you find this a useful resource for tracking your book sales.