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Track book sales & royalties

Follow a constantly updated view of your sales.

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Written by Ash Davies
Updated over a week ago

Track your sales and request royalties without leaving Tablo. All Tablo authors can access continually updated sales data from their own personal sales dashboard. Here’s how to find it, and what data is there.

Sales basics

A sale is an order made by a bookstore or library. Orders happen in three steps:

  1. A bookstore or library places an order for copies with our distributor.

  2. Our distributor prints your book, packages it, and sends it to the bookstore.

  3. The sale is reported to Tablo, and we show the sale on your dashboard.

We can report print sales quickly — usually within 3-4 days. eBook sales are less quick to appear. These are reported to Tablo once month.

See your sales

From your My Books page, click the Sales and Insights button beside any book.

  • A new page will open with a column graph on the left, and a table below it.

  • On the right will be your total earned royalties, broken down by status.

Browse the data

All your data lives on this page. See sales for any period, or analyse trends in the data. At the top is your total books sold for the current view setting.

  • A column chart breaks down your total, showing sales by date and format edition.

  • The default view setting is All Books and Last 90 days.

Below the column graph is Latest Sales.

  • This is all your sales, with the most recent at the top.

  • You can see the date the sale was reported, the format edition, sales region, copies sold, and the royalty estimate.

Withdraw royalties

You can withdraw your available royalties anytime, on-demand. See what's available now, what’s available later, and the history of any withdrawals you’ve made.

  • Your Royalties / Available Balance: This is what is available to you now. Click Withdraw Royalties to request a transfer.

  • Pending Royalties: This is what is not yet available to you. It is based on sales you’ve already made, but are waiting for payment on from bookstores.

  • On Consignment: Any amount here will be available once the return window has passed. Bookstores have a long time to make returns. Occasionally we must hold an amount as protection against possible bookstore returns.


What is a sale exactly?

A sale means your book has been printed. Each sale is a new print order. Bookstores order copies, and the books are then printed and sent.

What is not a sale?

You don't see a sale if a bookstore sells a book they had already, or if someone buys a used copy of your book.

How often is the data updated?

Data is updated daily, so you'll always have the most recent store order information.

Can I see my pre-order sales numbers?

Currently there isn't a way to do this. There is no reporting available from our distribution partner that will show pre-orders submitted by bookstores.

I know readers are buying my book, but I have no recent sales. Why?

Recent sales can need time to appear. When you see a sale, it means your book has been printed. A reader can order a book before it is printed. Their order is taken by the store, and the copies print a few days later.

If it is not recent, it can be that readers are purchasing books that were already printed. You haven't made a sale now, but did you make a sale for the orders that supplied these bookstores.

Bookstores often order more books than they need immediately. It means they can get books into the next reader's hands faster.

Who ordered my book?

We aren't told. The information is kept private, and is not included in the data we receive.

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