Sales Saturday: Check-Points

Does anyone remember this little guy from my post back in January where I talked about Setting Goals? There were a few steps I mentioned in the process–Goals must have the following elements:

  • Specific
  • Challenging
  • Accepted
  • Feedback

We’ve come to a bit over the half-way point in the year, and thus we need to reach a Feedback check-point. It’s time to look at the goals and evaluate progress. I’m going to warn you–my life took an unexpected turn that I never expected, so here are the results:

Book Related:

  • Distribute 400 books this year between giveaways and real sales. Last year I distributed 240 books between InBS and WITS

Results: I’ve sold over 1000 books, SOLD them, this doesn’t include giveaways. With giveaways I’m looking at close to 1200 books. I’m still in shock, but as is natural with my personality, I WANT more. I NEED more. Watch out Colleen Hoover, I aim on being as successful as you.

  • Publish 3 novels. Last year I published 2. I have one set in stone to publish this month, and I would like to release one in the Summer and one in the Winter. Which ones they will be really depends on the development of what I am currently writing.

Results: I admit I got seriously side-tracked. I mean it. When I wrote that blog post I was working on Deadly Sins and hadn’t even thought up Love Exactly. Imagine that only 5 months later I’d published a novel I’d not even thought of yet, and it’s the one responsible for the 1000 book mark. I marketed that thing to an inch of my life. I poured everything I had into it, and the results speak for themselves. I hit #1 in Books on Dysfunctional Relationships. My pride begged me to keep it there, but I couldn’t once I looked at the other books on the list. They were true-stories, Love Exactly is fictional. Thus, I contacted Amazon and fixed the issue. I hated to see it drop from #1, but it wasn’t in the right playground. So I’ve got 2 novels down, one more to go to hit my goal. Can I do it? I hope so, but when I intended on getting back to Deadly Sins, I got side-tracked again with the newly named Flawed Perfection (Beautifully Broken, #1). Then the readers begged until I caved, and I announced Love Exactly would become Love Exactly (Sticks & Stones, #1).

  • Reach 250 followers on my blog. I am at 139 now, and that was since May.

Results: This is the most shocking bit to me…I now have 1400 followers. I exceeded my goal be even more than my sales goal, and each week I’m moving up by about 10%. Seriously, thank you guys. You’re amazing!

  • Have 4,000 views on my blog. This year I got 2,800 views since May.

Results: Again, I’ve exceeded my goal, and I am currently at 5871 views.

  • Reach 100 fans on Goodreads.

Results: I’ve reached 190.

  • Get some five stars, get some two stars, maybe some one stars: Stop reading every review and making myself feel like a bug pinned to a board. Reviews are important, but when they make you feel like less of a person, less of a writer, like an insect–it’s time to stop reading them. I’m also hoping I will get so many that I can’t read them all.

Results: EPIC FAIL. For the life of me I can’t stop reading them, but I’ll tell you this, even with the fact that Love Exactly is loosely based on my own experience, I feel more immune to it. I had a reviewer apologize because they thought Emma was all over the place, and they didn’t like her. I frowned, not because I was upset–Emma is much like me, and honestly, I am well aware there are people out there that don’t like me (you have a right to feel whatever way you wish)–but because she apologized. She owned it as her opinion, she explained why she didn’t like Emma. She has that right. Now I can even look at the review that made my blood boil–the one of InBS where the person told me I should rot in hell for writing it, and any one who liked it should join me, and I laugh. I think that shows some growth. Now that I say this I’m going to get a review that has me in tears–I just know it!

  • Design at least 10 book covers for myself and other authors.

Results: EPIC fail…or maybe not. Honestly, I haven’t had time to design them for anyone but myself, although I’ve had requests.

  • Get better at writing and marketing my book.

Results: Yeah, I’d say I’ve done that, but guess what–I will always be striving towards this goal. There is no way I will ever accomplish it completely.

  • Continue to post at least three times a week.

Results: I’d say I do this 85% of the time, that’s pretty good considering my current schedule.

  • Maybe, just maybe, make some money doing this.

Results: I might be able to payoff the “book credit card”. I have reached the threshold where I have to report the earnings on my taxes, and hire an accountant because they’ve become too complex between earnings and business costs.

  • Have a successful book reading.

Results: Errm…I had a successful signing, but I’ve moved away from readings. They just aren’t popular in my geographic area.

  • Inspire someone.

Results: I don’t know what the results of this are. Have I inspired anyone? Have I inspired you? Let me know 😉

Personal:

I can’t share all of these because anyone can view my website 😉

  • Receive my Associates Degree in Marketing.

Results: Not there yet, but my Financial Accounting books are here for me, and I’ve reached the half-way point in my degree.

  • Look into getting my Bachelors Degree.

Results: I’m not sure if and when I will look into this. Once I finish my degree I’d like to solely concentrate on getting out as many high quality books as possible. School does get in the way of this, so I might opt to see where being an author takes me.

  • Continue to expand my photography company Gio Design Studios–post at least once a month on there.

Results: EPIC fail, but again, I just haven’t had time. Photography is a fun side job for me–I’ll be leaving shortly to view a venue where I am doing a wedding. 🙂

  • Begin the process of converting the photography company into a publications marketing company (designing covers/back covers, advertisements, book trailers).

Results: The conversion is complete. The company now has two slogans and websites: Gio Design Studios, More Than Just Cameras and Cars–photography; Gio Design Studios, More Than Just a Book–book marketing.

  • Start to actually save some money.

Results: Fail, or not? I’m not sure. My husband and I hit troubled waters, more bills than money, but we’ve been there and done that. We’ve hit an impasse, and are now able to save money as of this month–I’ll explain the reason to this, which was something I didn’t want to post on here in January. I’d been looking for a new job that better utilized my skills, and would be a promotion. I got it, and the best part is, it’s at the company I’ve worked at for the past 5 years. I’m so happy that I was able to stay with the company as it grows and evolves. I went from an Assistant Branch Manager to Branch Administration, Retail Banking Operations Manager. THE best part is, although I’m working 42-45 hours a week, I actually love my high-stress, run, run job. It takes every part of the jobs I’ve held in the past that I loved and combines it into one job, with the added perks of being involved with our marketing department. It’s amazing. I’m still in shock that I got my dream job, and that it actually is what I wanted, for we all know the grass isn’t always greener! 😉

  • Be able to say that I’ve kept the weight off for two years.

Results: I’ve kept the weight off for OVER two years.

  • Try not to let people asking me if I eat bug me. Tell people to shove their sandwiches in their own mouths.

Results: My husband now asks me if I ate anything when I get home, but only because I’m go-go getter 🙂 Those that asked me if I was eating are no longer in the picture.

  • Get my In Between Seasons tattoo.

Results: Scratch that. I want a different one, and I’m sold on it. I’ve designed it, and I’d like it on my other wrist. My husband is dead set against it. 

  • Help my dog lose some weight, too.

Results: Bubski is at the perfect weight for his little ChuRussellness. (Chihuahua Jack Russell), and has been for about two months. The vet was thrilled! 🙂

  • Continue to work out three times a week.

Results: The new job has caused a need for adjustment in my schedule. I didn’t work out last week, but next week I’m setting a schedule that works with the new job, and I’m sticking to it.

  • Start taking my camera with my everywhere so that I stop feeling like I’ve missed that perfect shot.

Results: If I forget mine, Jeff usually has his, so I just steal it! 🙂 I also have a cell phone with a 13 megapixel camera!

  • Manage my time better.

Results: Husband says: No. I say YES, I published a book in under 5 months…start to finish!

So how are you doing with your goals?

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5 thoughts on “Sales Saturday: Check-Points

  1. WOW!! You have done very well with your goals. Congratulations on your new job too. I only check in on my goals once a year but I’m usually happy with the results. For the record, you have inspired me.

  2. I loved reading about your goals. You are doing a great job. You’ve inspired me to keep writing and wanting to sell more and more books. I wondered who designed your cover for “Love Actually” because I love it! I didn’t know you had your own business. You sound busy. Whenever I think there aren’t enough hours in the day (and I use this excuse a lot for writing and working out) I’ll think of you and get my butt in gear. I only worked out one day last week and I’m striving for 4 days. Good luck with the next 6 months.

    • Aww! Thank you so much! I really appreciate the feedback on the cover. Yes, there is never enough time in the day. My husband keeps telling me I need to take a break–I think if I did I’d have a heart attack from lack of stress! I’m one of those people that is best performing on the edge.

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