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