Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Throughout the week I will share a tip with you. Today I am looking at Tracking.
By Tracking I am speaking of tracking your book. It could be Sales, Royalties, Reviews, or something altogether different. There are a lot of methods out there and I assume they are successful, especially if they’ve been around a lot.
This blog is not about a method, but rather the need for some kind of tracking.
Why is it Needful?
Primarily so you can stay on top of how well your book(s) are doing. If you are not interested in making money off your writing, then the need to track book sales diminishes. But if you want to have a knowledge of book sales, royalties, or whatever then tracking is a must.
Some Tracking Methods are Time Consuming.
I’ve seen some methods that require you investing a great amount of time. If you have time, then I guess that’s fine. But most of us would rather invest that time into writing.
Some Tracking Methods are Expensive.
This is something you need to watch. You don’t want to get trapped into a costly system.
What Should I Do?
You need to weigh the time needed and the cost required against you budgets, your time budget and your cash budget. I have a variety of tasks that I must do every week, and in some cases every day. So, time is essential. And, of course, watching the financial budget is also a necessity.
Consider how frequently would you need to know how your business is doing. Daily? Weekly? Or perhaps longer like monthly or quarterly. Everybody has different needs. You need to find out yours and go from there.
You might find that the more frequent your reports the more work it entails.
Tip of the Day: Your needs determine the frequency and depth of your tracking.
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