Announcing Changes to PW's Deals Coverage
Thursday, October 11, 2018
The following letter about changes to the way publishers should submit deals to Publishers Weekly was emailed to the industry on October 11, 2018.
Dear industry colleagues,
As Publishers Weekly works to continually expand and deliver the most important information about the book business, we are enhancing our Deals coverage. Currently PW runs a column called Deals, that I write every week. We also run a roundup of children’s deals, called Rights Report, in our Children’s Bookshelf newsletter, which my colleague, Diane Roback, oversees.
The October 15th issue of the magazine will include our first “new” Deals column, featuring twice as many deals. The new format will also list notable international books that have been acquired, as well as books that have been optioned for film or television.
With this shift in coverage, we are dropping the submission “restrictions” we currently have in place. We will no longer demand exclusivity, i.e. we will cover deals that have been reported in other outlets. We will also be relaunching our Global Rights Report (GRR) e-newsletter.
On Friday, October 19, GRR, which is currently sent twice a month, will become a weekly newsletter reaching every important dealmaker in the rights sphere. GRR will be emailed out before the print Deals column goes online, allowing its subscribers an early peek at our rights coverage in the coming week’s issue. You can sign up for GRR for free here.
So, how does this change the process for submitting deals? Good question. Moving forward, all Deals items should be sent to a new, designated email address at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please cc Diane Roback on all children’s deals. Alternatively, you can also submit your deals online, via this submission form: https://www.publishersweekly.com/dealinfo.
I will regularly be checking the deals inbox, however I will no longer be able to respond to all submissions with details about whether an item will run (or when it might run) because of the increased volume of deals I’ll be receiving.
Submissions, as in the past, should contain the following information: author name; acquiring editor; rights sold/bought; planned pub date; plot synopsis; brief author bio (especially if a debut); and an author photo. Author photos will now be required for coverage consideration.
This shift in coverage will allow us to better deliver a snapshot of the most important rights information for the week. With that said, Deals will focus on notable sales with an emphasis on titles that sell in competitive auctions, for significant advances and/or mark a major acquisition for an imprint and/or publisher. We will also prioritize titles that we feel sound particularly interesting or promising. I invite submitters to “make their case” in their submission, for why their title deserves coverage. However, please recognize that submission does not guarantee inclusion.
While we have set up a more standardized system for submitting deals, don’t worry—I will still be poring over all of the information sent in.
I look forward to continuing to work with you as we look to enhance and expand PW’s rights coverage.
PW News Director and Deals columnist