A one page summary of the system

Consonance is a secure web application that you sign in to, just like any website that you have an account on.

Data storage

Add, edit, and report on the following information.

  • Product information such as the title, ISBN, format, subject classifications and a wealth of other data to make your products discoverable
  • Contract information – the details of the deal you make with the rights holder
  • Contact information
  • Production information – the details of your production runs, including estimates, specs and orders
  • Rights information – the rights you’ve licensed, and then sub-licensed
  • Sales, payments and advances information

Data exports

Generate publishing data exports in the following formats.

  • Batches and single copies of advance information PDFs
  • Briefing documents to typesetters and other third parties
  • Batches of PDF royalty statements
  • ONIX XML, tailored to organisations such as Nielsen and Amazon
  • User-defined Excel spreadsheets
  • Scannable barcodes
  • JSON APIs
  • and more.

Publishing process

Manage the process of getting books from commissioning or submission to shelf.

  • Schedules with a Gantt chart view
  • Acquisition management
  • Forecasting P&Ls
  • Issue management

Publishing tools

Use pragmatic tools which help in the real publishing world.

  • Data checks
  • ONIX, API and Excel template exporters
  • Background FTPing of covers and data
  • Sales importers from your distributor and Amazon
  • Bulk data importers and exporters
  • One-click multi-page catalogues, straight into XML for import into an InDesign template, or PDF
  • Product API for integration with your customer facing website and third-party services

Implementation pre-conditions

Publishers who most benefit from using Consonance understand that their business needs a structured system. Here is a list of pre-conditions which lead publishers to implement Consonance.

  • A desire to have their data all in one place, and their chores all automated – chores such as metadata dissemination, sales aggregation and royalty statement production.

  • A fear of a disaster – wrong data on Amazon, or late royalty statements, or stock that missed the author’s signing event – where poor data management causes embarrassment and lost sales.

  • A desire to grow, but feeling hampered by existing systems and processes.

  • A desire to find an affordable solution.

  • Realisation that it is hard to share publishing data and to work together to get products to market efficiently.

  • Duplicated title lists that are hard to maintain such as print-outs of a big spreadsheet, or multiple title lists for a royalties system and a rights system and a metadata system.

  • Filling in more than one form to get your metadata to market (Title Editor, the Waterstones grid, ebook vendor spreadsheets, Amazon forms, Apple forms).

  • No schedule to follow to keep track of the multitude of tasks that are needed to get a product to market.