Monday, 13 August 2012

What is up with Goodreads?

It seems every time I visit Goodreads, it takes only a few minutes before I inevitably see this screen:

Am I alone on this? Because frankly, it's becoming annoying.

Facebook has nearly a billion active users, and I never once encounter any problems on their servers. Goodreads, on the other hand, has a mere 10 million, yet its servers are constantly overworked. Maybe it's time for an upgrade?

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Just How Up-to-Date are KDP Sales Reports?

Instant sales reports are a relatively new development with the advent of e-publishing -- so I guess I should be grateful (and I am) -- but there appears to be a lot of confusion over just how "up-to-date" the KDP sales reports really are (here and here, a google search yields much more).

I was under the impression that sales reports would be instantaneous (and maybe I was naive, but this myth is perpetuated by a large number of bloggers, so it's not entirely my fault). The fact is, KDP sales reports are rarely instantaneous, and often times can take days to update (and this is when things are running smoothly). A recent KDP outage  had many, including myself, waiting for almost a week before seeing any update to our sales. And outages are more common than you think.

My point: Don't go into KDP and expect up-to-the-minute sales reports. They don't exist. Just sit back. Relax. And stop checking your dashboard every 5 seconds.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Text Me, Guido Gets Reviewed!

It's been available for 2 weeks now, and Text Me, Guido is starting to generate some buzz! Christina Rodriguez at Christina's Book Reviews and Adriane Boyd at The Indie BookShelf have published rave reviews! Check them out! And if you haven't done so already, follow them on twitter at  and !