Would up-to-the-second sales info change the way you market your books?

VookVook put out a press release this morning announcing an author dashboard that lets you see exactly what your sales are doing right now with “up to the minute” reports. What does it cost? Nada. Very tempting! What do you think? Will this change your marketing habits? Or will you get all obsessive compulsive about checking your dashboard, like checking Facebook and Twitter and Google+ and… instead of actually doing the writing and marketing? Do you think will it help you measure results? How will you use it? (Sign up here.) Here’s the release. I look forward to your comments!

Vook Author Dashboard

Vook Releases Free Daily Sales Tracking for Any Author, Any Book, and All Major Retailers

Vook’s new Author Control dashboard offers powerful tools to help authors track daily and historical book performance across major retailers, measure sales and unit downloads, and adjust their marketing to sell more books.

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014, New York, NY: Leading ebook technology company Vook today launched Author Control, a daily market intelligence dashboard that allows authors to track the sales and unit downloads of their books in Amazon, Amazon KDP, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Nook Press, Kobo Writing Life, CreateSpace, Smashwords, Google, and Samsung, and display their results in a secure, easy-to-use online and mobile-accessible dashboard. Learn more about the new service at http://vook.com.

“Author Control is the next step in our vision to empower authors with the best digital publishing services and the right data,” said Matthew Cavnar, co-founder of Vook. “For the first time, authors can get the complete picture of their sales across the major retail channels in one dashboard, helping them take control of their publishing initiatives.”

Battle-tested over the last year with best selling authors and partners such as the New York Times, Fast Company, Forbes, Thought Catalog, and U.S. News & World Report, and tracking more than 4 million ebook downloads, Author Control now lets every author and publisher access free real-time and historical analytics that will help them monetize and expand their audience.

Miguel Morales of Forbes.com said, “Vook’s sales tracking dashboard helps demystify the ebook sales process. The insights we’ve gleaned from Vook continue to impact how we conceive, launch and market our ebooks. By giving the dashboard to all its authors, Vook is further democratizing the publishing cycle and giving authors more control over their work.”

Author organizations and publishing services companies such as Bowker, the Alliance of Independent Authors, Grub Street, Author Marketing Experts and the CUNY Publishing Certificate Program will be able to provide their members access to this superior data tracking solution in collaboration with Vook. Additionally the platform is being used by prominent members of International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America and Romance Writers of America.

“One of Bowker’s key objectives is to provide authors with quality services and products at prices that deliver high value,” said Beat Barblan, Director, Identifier Services, Bowker, a ProQuest Affiliate. “We expect our business partners to subscribe to the same standards and to share our value of putting the customer first. In Vook we have found an ideal partner. Our customers tell us Vook’s service is fast, efficient, and excellent, and that its staff is among the most responsive and customer friendly anywhere.”

Major literary agencies have been using Author Control to learn how their authors’ books are performing on a much more frequent basis than publishers have been able to tell them.
“Vook’s new service solves the problem of how to deliver daily sales intelligence to our selfpublishing clients, allowing us to help them make smart decisions about marketing and promotion in real time,” said Julie Trelstad, Director of Digital Rights, Writers House.

Best-selling authors have used the platform to track books in their own accounts and have advised on future development of the product.

“Vook has made it easy and fun for me to see my up-to-the-minute book sales on its revolutionary Dashboard. By bringing today’s new-new technology to publishing, Vook has forever changed how authors will be tracking their sales and earnings.” —#1 New York Times bestselling author Bruce Henderson, author of new ebooks Trace Evidence and Ring of Deceit

“Crisp graphics and an user-friendly interface make Vook’s new sales tool shine!” ~New York Times bestselling author CJ Lyons

“Author Control makes performance tracking simple by pulling sales data from all my retail platforms for display on one easy-to-use dashboard. And I love getting results in dollars and cents.” —Elizabeth S. Craig (@elizabethscraig)

“Author Control offers a revolutionary approach to ebook sales data for writers; a set of easy-touse tools that pull together sales data from across multiple e-retailers into a clear and welldesigned dashboard. For me, it was love at first sight. Up til now, sales data has been amazingly difficult for authors to track in any meaningful way. Author Control puts sales data where it belongs – with writers.” —Kate Pullinger

Vook’s Author Control offers a secure system for tracking the performance of books in the retailer accounts. Vook follows industry best practices to protect data. Vook will offer the Author Control service free for tracking up to ten books. Authors or content holders who want to track more books can contact Vook to discuss their needs. To try out Author Control, go to http://vook.com and sign up for free sales tracking today.

About Vook
Based in New York City, Vook is a next-generation technology company that offers innovative publishing services to the world’s leading content creators. Vook offers a platform for achieving literary and commercial success in a competitive digital marketplace.