Children’s publishers have to do everything that adult publishers do, but backwards and in heels. In addition to fiction and non-fiction text-based books and ebooks, there are a multitude of special requirements for images, trim sizes, mixed formats, complex author/illustrator/estate royalty splits, and audience-specific metadata.

In 2011, Consonance was borne from the need of Snowbooks, a well-established genre publisher, to work efficiently as a single team, to reduce administration across the company and communicate effortlessly in house and with outside partners. In 2017, Consonance brought on a children’s publishing expert, Sara O’Connor, as a developer. Sara was an editor for 13 years at companies like Little Brown Book for Young Readers, Working Partners, Hodder Children’s Books and part of the launch team of Hot Key Books before becoming a software developer.

Now she says she is building the software she wishes she had when she was an editor.

What if your system could:

  • Automatically flag up if that one ebook was missing an audience code
  • Create the metadata for a new product bundling together multiple books in a few clicks
  • Not charge you a single penny to add an in-house format or subject category
  • Feed your website from an industry-standard API
  • Export your metadata in XML to your catalogue or rights guide InDesign template
  • Generate a batch of beautiful advance information sheets with inside spreads in two clicks

You should be able to easily add, view, and manage the hundred-plus individual tasks that need to be done, assigning them to people and viewing completion progress through an online or desktop calendar of your choice – starting with project approval, and following progress through publication and on to a one-year anniversary review. You should be able to track both the big tasks – sending print files, approving cover designs – and the small ones – like checking that cover images are up and pre-orders are available on major retailer websites.

Get your publishing under control with Consonance, the title management system backed up by a crack team of publishing technologist experts that has extensive experience of children’s publishing.


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