Your Data, Your Way
Every author has different priorities when it comes to managing the data related to their publishing empire. To meet this need ScribeCount offers a variety of filters, tagging options, and even color coding for you to make the data appear as you wish it to.
Some of those settings are done when you establish your account, but the rest are done on the Bookshelf page.
The Bookshelf page has a number of options in the header and tool bars.
For this tutorial we’ll stay on the BOOKS page. The default page is simply “Books” and list your library by income per book. The dropdowns allow you to sort by Platform, Author, Format, Title, Series, and customized Tag. Before those dropdowns work well though, you’ll have to teach your dashboard about your books.
Computers can do a lot, but they can’t tell one book from another without some guidance. A good example would be an Ebook at Amazon with an ASIN, and the same Ebook at Apple with an ISBN. To the computer those are two different books. You’ll need to inform it that they are the same.
To do so we have the MERGE BOOKS tab.
Clicking on that will get you started.
Simply select the Primary book (most use Amazon) and then use the MERGE button to merge that title with like titles on the other platforms. You’ll need to do this for every book in your library. Once you are done your dashboard will know which books are the same and that data will be consolidated accordingly.
(If you merge two books by accident you can unmerge them in the Book Detail page)
Once you have the merging process complete you can set up your other filters.
To group Books into Series select the Manage Series button.
To assign Tags to your books use the Manage Tags button.
Tags can be anything you wish and yes, a book can have multiple tags. You can create sub-series, separate Pen Names, identify Foreign Language titles, special editions, signed copies, or whatever you wish.
Once you have merged, tagged, and created your series, you can then color code your books. To do so travel to each books BOOK DETAILS page, or do so a little faster via the SETTINGS page.
Your BOOKS DETAILS page is packed with information. You’ll see everything about your book here, including the current price, current KENP rate, Full-Read to Full-Sale Ratio, KENP Count, Royalty Rate, Series Name, and links to every platform page that book is sold at. You’ll also see a tool under the cover that allows you to update it. If you have changed your books cover and the system has not automatically updated the cover in your Dashboard you can do so here.
Sometimes the feature doesn’t see a new book right away. If you wish add it yourself that option is in the header as well.
Simply fill out the necessary information on your new title and click submit, the software will do the rest.
Your book details page is a miniature dashboard all in itself. Below the header you will find all of that books sales data along with Ad Tracking, charts showing Royalties, Units, and Marketplace numbers, and a spreadsheet devoted to just that title.
A second toolbar allows you to add other income and expenses to that title, tag events, and even link out to that title’s ratings and reviews.
But wait, there’s more!
The Bookshelf page is also the door to a few other features. At the top you’ll see the links to them.
The KDP SELCT tab monitors your books enrollment status in the Kindle Unlimited program.
Should your books enrollment status change for any reason you’ll be notified via email and on your dashboard.
The same thing happens with the Price Tracker.
The Reviews button consolidates all your reviews on a single page. You can sort by Most Positive, Most Negative, and Most Recent.
The RANKS page offers even more filters allowing you to see your Ranks vs Sales, or by Book, or even by Series, in every format.
What about a book that you’d prefer NOT to appear in your charts?
We have that covered too.
Any book can be Ghosted using the GHOST BOOKS button in the main toolbar.
If you ghost a book it removes the selected book from all of your reports, but does not remove it from your bookshelf.
That concludes this tour of the BookShelf page and its many features. We’re constantly adding more so keep an eye out for updates. To learn more about how to leverage the tagging feature to extract even more data visit our YouTube channel.
Any questions, take a look around the “ScribeCount Users” FaceBook page or just drop your question in the Support tab in the bottom right corner of each page