Saturday, April 2, 2011

Publisher's Marketplace

Here's a website I've found tremendously useful and to which I have subscribed.  At its heart is a collection of self-reported data about announced book and other literary rights deals.  Most of the announcements identify the players, title and genre, and some give a coded identifier to indicate what range the deal falls into in terms of dollars.

I used its rankings of agents within genres (the site will give you both most-deals and most-six-figure-deals lists), together with some judicious googling, to create a list of agents to query, and that's how I got in touch with my agent, Peter.  For this it was absolutely priceless; it not only generated a list of agents but also helped me get a sense of which agents were "good" ones and for what.

I also get the site's daily e-mails announcing further deals and other industry news.  These are tremendously  helpful for keeping tabs on what the current and upcoming markets are, as well as trends in bookseller bankruptcies, e-books, etc.

Caveat: the data is self-reported, and therefore incomplete, maybe even dramatically incomplete.  Still, I have found it powerful, so I pass it on as a tip.

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