Several months ago, Amazon started sharing Bookscan numbers with authors.
According to Wikipedia: Nielsen BookScan is a data provider for the book publishing industry, owned by the Nielsen Company. BookScan compiles point of sale data for book sales.
Bookscan doesn't track ALL books sold, but it can give you an idea of what and where you're selling.
Of course, like the Amazon rankings, it can drive you crazy as you watch your numbers go down every week. (On Amazon that's good. On Bookscan that's bad.)
The Jeff Resnick books have been available for well over a month now, and they've suddenly shown up on Bookscan. I hadn't been expecting this. So far 9 copies have sold. That means that BOOKSELLERS are selling copies of the books!!! I'm astounded and extremely happy. (I just wish the numbers were a heck of a lot better.) Most of my sales have been from Amazon, which don't show up on Bookscan. And since I lowered the price to $11.95 (just a week ago), they've been selling quite a bit better.
(So if you've been holding off--quick! Go buy copies of the books. Do it now. We'll wait.)
Sentenced to Death comes out in four weeks. It'll be interesting to see if the sales of the rest of the Booktown Mysteries pick up. (And why doesn't Bookmarked for Death sell as well as the other books in the series???)
Okay, I admit it, I'm a numbers freak. I love my spreadsheets and I work on them every day. It's fun. It's frustrating. It's anal. But I do it anyway.
What do you do that's fun, frustrating and anal?