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Thursday, September 11, 2008

New Features – Charts, Stat Upgrades, “Your Titles” Page

If you subscribe to our monthly newsletter, this next bit of news is old news to you. But if you don’t subscribe (and if you don’t, then what are you waiting for? Log in to your account and check the box to opt in,) we have some big changes in store for you…

The first, most obvious, and some might even say sexiest change is the addition of pie charts to our agent and agency detail pages. These charts make comparing response data easier by providing a quick, visual representation of the number of rejections, offers and requests for additional materials. They also appear right inside the agent’s (or agency’s) listing, so you won’t have to go hunting to find the stats you need.

Next, we redesigned the “Your Titles” page from the ground up. Gone is the simple list of titles and word counts. In its place is a robust information center that brings together essential submission statistics, genre information, and—you guessed it—charts! We’ve also added sorting options, for those of you shopping more than one project at a time, that let you sort titles alphabetically, by word count, or by the number of submissions you've entered for each one.

The redesign comes with an upgrade to our statistics reporting package that makes your own personal response information a lot easier to find and evaluate. Naturally, all these changes come with a downside: in order to keep the page from getting bogged down, we can only show you three of your titles at any given time (though you can still enter and track as many as you like). But once you’ve had a chance to check out all the new features on this page, we think you’ll forgive us this small limitation.

We have more changes in store for later this month, as well as a few additional surprises we think you’ll enjoy. In the meantime, we’d like to hear your feedback about these changes, as well as any suggestions you have for helping us improve the site. Drop us a note at suggestions@litmatch.net.

Chris Hawkins
LitMatch.net

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