I remember, plenty of times, plowing up and basically sterilizing hectares and hectares of ‘cattle’ land and turning it into ‘farmland’. At the time, the destruction of native flora and fauna to create this was considered the norm. I remember plowing up baby rabbits from their home, as a child, and crying because I took their home and turned it into a barren wasteland to grow okra, which I hated anyway but the family liked. Years pass and I see all the bull passed on in the media about cow farts messing with global warming and the like and I just wanna laugh and shake my head at the same time. Let me take you to one of those large farms that feed vegetarians…a farm that grows your food and I can probably name the indigenous wildlife that scrapes a meal off that property with one hand. Let me show you a grass-fed pasture for cattle though and I can show you a world so vast and varied that you can’t name even a minute fraction of the thriving wildlife and multitude of eco-systems on that same size of land. Vegetarianism is a faith system. It is based on a belif system that is flawed. Please. Think for yourself people.
Now that you’ve thought about events, pre-orders, publicity, and on-sale date, how can you actually keep track of your sales? One of the best tools is Amazon Author Central. You need to sign up for that service, which is free, way in advance of your on-sale date. But once you do, you can add additional information to your book’s product page. There you can see your BookScan numbers and your Amazon sales. Keep in mind that BookScan numbers lag but Amazon has real time access to Amazon data. Your publisher can usually get you real time access to ebook sales. Also you can get your sales numbers from the stores where you’ve done events. Add them up and you’ll have a good indication of how you’re doing.