What sales are included in the weekly and monthly reports?
The weekly and monthly figures you can see in the Portal include all “point of sale” (POS) data reported to us by major retail accounts. Other accounts, including the wholesalers who supply libraries, bulk purchase made directly from HBG, and international export sales, are accounted for in the overall net figure on the “Lifetime Performance” page. For comprehensive sales and royalties information, please consult your royalty statements.
A sales figure looks lower than I expected. Why?
There are several possible explanations for lower-than-expected figures. Sometimes one of HBG’s retail accounts is delayed in sending sales information, and that information is delayed in the portal. Certain sales, like bulk purchases or sales in some specialized retailers, are not reflected in the weekly and monthly data. Older titles (those published before 2017) may have incomplete historical weekly and monthly POS data from retailers; for those titles in particular, look at the “Lifetime Performance” page and your royalty statement for the most comprehensive information. If you see a discrepancy or have questions, please consult your agent or editor.
Why is my “net sales” number going down?
When a book is first published, the “gross” and “net” sales numbers you see on the “Lifetime Performance” page will be identical, reflecting the initial orders for a given edition. Over time, the “gross” number may increase as accounts place new orders for additional copies. The “net” number will reflect both additional orders, as well as any unsold copies that accounts return to us. The “net” figure will get lower over time if more copies are returned than new orders shipped.
My eBook total is higher on the “Sales By Channel” and “Sales By Format” screens than is it on the “Lifetime Performance” screen. Why is that?
The Portal displays data collected from many different sources. The “Channel” and “Format” screens display POS data – weekly feeds provided by retailers. The “Lifetime Performance” screen displays data from our invoicing totals, information that is delivered less frequently and which could lag behind POS totals.
How can I find out how my book is selling at a specific retailer?
Before your book is published, your HBG editor will be able to give you an overview of which accounts are taking copies of your book.
My books are also published by an imprint at Hachette UK (HUK). Are those sales numbers included here?
No. The figures in the HBG author portal relate only to sales of HBG editions, including those sold to international accounts. If you are also published by an HUK imprint and would like HUK sales numbers, please ask your UK editor or consult the HUK Author Portal.
I have other questions. Whom should I ask?
If you have any other questions about sales of your books, please always feel welcome to contact your editor.
What are Subsidiary Rights?
Subsidiary Rights—or subrights, for short—are the additional formats in which an author’s work can be shared with readers or listeners. These rights include serial excerpts in magazines or other publications, licensed audio editions, translation, book club (including Scholastic), and others. These are some of the many ways a book’s impact and reach can be maximized both in the US market and around the world. Our in-house rights department identifies these opportunities, negotiates licenses, and Hachette shares the revenue with the author. In some countries, the HBG subrights team works with “sub agents” with specialized knowledge of that country’s publishing industry to secure translation deals.
What does “Rights Type” mean?
Rights Type is the particular kind of right being licensed—i.e. serial, audio, translation, book club, etc.
I know my book is being published in several languages, but I don’t see those deals listed here. Why?
The list of sub rights deals shown here only includes those made by HBG’s subsidiary rights department for books where HBG’s underling contract with the author included translation rights.
How do I see Subsidiary Rights revenue?
As income comes in from licensees, the revenue will appear as a separate line on your royalty statement. The author’s portion of the subrights income will first be counted against the advance, if applicable. Once your advance is fully earned-out, subrights income will be included in royalty checks.
What deductions are made to subrights advances?
The rights department negotiates the largest possible gross advance from a licensee. From the gross amount, deductions are taken for the subagent fee (10%), bank fees and wire transfer fees, and the subsidiary rights split found in the underlying author contract.
What is an Intercompany rights type?
For books in which HBG acquired world English language rights, HBG’s subsidiary rights department will attempt to secure co-publication arrangements with our Hachette UK sister companies for the publication of local editions of your book. The author collects UK home royalties directly from our UK partner. These royalties appear on the author royalty statement broken out as UK sales.
When a foreign language edition is licensed, when will it be published? Will I get copies?
It takes time for foreign language publishers to translate and produce a book. Our translation rights deals typically allow a foreign publisher 18 months from our deal date to publish a book. We always require them to send the author copies upon publication.