So Much Stuff To Keep Track Of…
I have been talking this last half year with the challenge about how not being able to keep track of a lot of stories has flat stopped me a number of times. And two days ago I was looking for a Poker Boy story I remember writing, but it was not in my Smith’s Monthly spread sheet and I ended up finding two other Poker Boy stories that I had written and lost in files that had never seen the light of day, but still did not find the story I have a memory of writing. Sigh…
And then there is keeping track of business stuff. I am stunningly good at money and cash flow. But when it comes to numbers of book sales and that sort of thing, I suck beyond caring. But most writers need to keep track of that number, at least once a year.
And back when I was sending out stories to magazines and had seventy-plus different stories in the mail at one time, I was amazingly good with my system then. Not now. Now I don’t even have a system.
So this last week, Allyson at WMG needed to get information to another company about our book sales, not money, but numbers of sales over a year. To me, having to do that, would have killed me. But after a decade now, she and Gwyneth have ways of pulling such information together and making it accurate.
I did not know until she sent me the information that we now have 1,010 books in our inventory published in electronic format. Holy shit that’s a lot of cash streams. And a lot of books to keep track of. I thought we were getting close to a thousand, but I did not know we had gone past.
I am not going to mention how many of all the different forms we sold over the last year, but put it this way, the number was so large, it shocked me, and I see the money each month.
So keeping track of all that is a massive task, and the more you write, the more difficult the task becomes. But it is a problem we indie writers take on. (Traditional writers have to trust faked royalty statements when their agent decides to pass it through, so indie writers might have to work harder, but we got it a ton better.)
So again, as I approach July 1st and a reset on my challenge of the year (I will talk about it later), I am once again working on how to keep track of all the stories. I have four to write just in the next few days that are under deadline to markets. Got to somehow keep track of where they vanished to, so a year from now I don’t go looking for a story I remember and not be able to find it.
Hmmm, maybe to one of these markets was where that story went. Hmmmm…