The Not Yet Released tool will show your titles that will be published within the time frame you set in your preferences (details here). As such, you’ll usually just see a red portion of the pie, representing as-yet un-ordered titles, and a yellow portion, representing
banana cream titles your account does have on order. Occasionally you may see a green portion of the graph (in stock, Fresh), depending on how you’ve set your pub date ranges.
Keep in mind that the On Order status is generated by your accounts’ Point-of-Sale data feeds. If they’ve not entered their frontlist orders into their POS systems, this graph will likely show mostly red/un-ordered. This is all made much easier when ordering frontlist through Edelweiss, by the by, as accounts can import those orders directly in to their own systems, rather than hand-entering their orders. Some accounts are much better at staying on top of this than others.
So, with this graph, you’re looking for two main things:
1) What has this account missed? It’s pretty easy to miss a title during the frontlist ordering process. Sometimes buyers just skipped over it accidentally, sometimes a titles was dropped in to the list late, and sometimes they skipped it thinking it was not worthy. If they’ve skipped a title, but it shows as one of the most-ordered titles among their peers, there’s a chance of using this information to gently convince them to change their minds and bring a title in.
2) What are your accounts excited about? Simply put, this graph will show those titles about which your accounts are most excited… or that they’ve ordered the most heavily, at least. Note that this will be for orders made directly to you, as well as via wholesalers. Very valuable information, indeed.
The most efficient method here will be to click on the pie portion that you’re most interested in, and open the Title Grid. There, you’ll be able to see not only that account’s on order quantities, but also the average order among all stores in that market, which can be a helpful piece when evaluating an account’s position on a title.