May Results

​While not all I had hoped for, May was my best month yet. I had a few sales on Redbubble -  and a few issues too. Most of my sales were on KDP though.

​Redbubble

Redbubble

​I only had about $23 in sales on Redbubble. The issues I had were not worth the results. 

As I wrote in my last post, shipping was slow for all the print on demand companies and Redbubble was no exception. I don't blame Redbubble for the delays, I know their suppliers had shutdowns due to Covid-19. These shipping delays resulted in me getting complaints from people who bought my designs.

​I realize that these people might not understand that I only do the designs. I do not produce or ship the products. When they come after me and demand to know why their shipment is delayed and threaten to have my social media sites shutdown because I can't help them, it is frustrating.

I am very sorry they have ha​d delays. This is not unique to POD. I too have products delayed and canceled by companies. Even big sellers like Amazon and Walmart are experiencing delays. I wish I could make everything OK but it really is beyond my control.

​Kindle Direct Publishing

My Books on KDP w​ere a bright spot ​my my POD ​business. While deliveries are taking longer than before Covid, they are being made and promised KDP's dates are pretty accurate. Overall, I did OK here although sales are not as good as I would like them to be.

May Sales
Units Per Day

​I hope this is a sigh that sales will be picking up in the months ahead.

​Goals for June

I have some different ideas to try in June. I think it will work better for me.

​First, I plan to try an approach that I see a few other successful KDP sellers using. I will try to find low volume niches that have very little competition.

The problem with this approach is that each book will only get a few sales each month. The idea is to sell a few copies of a lot of books. To be successful I will have to expand my inventory by a lot.

The good part of this approach is that I can use no content books and very simple low content ones. I don't have to spend much time on interiors. Since my POD business is a retirement activity for me, ​little time investment is how I want it.

​I can also try extending this type of niche sales to other POD products on Redbubble, TeePublic and Merch by Amazon.

As always, I plan to improve my keywording and ​continue to learn about POD. With this low competion low volume approach, niche hunting will be key.
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