what's a buy report? do all publishers have them?
Howdy Anon. Good question.
A buy report is a way for publishers to help larger companies like wholesalers know how many units they should take on new titles that are forthcoming, and which warehouses they should have them shipped to.
I am working on one for a large national wholesaler, and I would assume that all academic publishers would need to fill these out. I cannot speak for the trade houses though. Fiction is such a different beast sales-wise.