Inside the Secret World of Literary Scouts, Part II

In English Language, Resources by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams Part II: Scouting Changes with the Times NEW YORK: Last week in Part I we looked at the essentials of how scouting works.  Many of these essentials—recognizing a great manuscript when it crosses your desk, cultivating a wide network of close relationships across the industry, understanding your clients’ needs and serving them well—will always remain the same. …

French Literary Agents Stage a Quiet Revolution

In Growth Markets by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije PARIS:  Until very recently, literary agents have been viewed in France with suspicion and the very topic seen as taboo. Traditionally, authors would submit and sell books directly to publishers. Agents were viewed as mere interlopers, interfering with a privileged relationship between author and publisher and introducing a mercenary, Anglo-Saxon element into the closed publishing circuit. But …

Inside the Secret World of Literary Scouts

In English Language, Resources by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams Part I: How It Works NEW YORK: For five years I was an international literary scout. That means for five years I groaned inside whenever anyone asked me what I did. Scouting occupies a strange niche in book publishing, itself a rather inscrutable business from the outside, and after a time most scouts resign themselves to working—very hard—at an …

Los Angeles Adds Glam to Guadalajara

In Feature Articles by Chad W. Post

By Chad W. Post Since launching the Guest of Honor program at the Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL) in 1993, Guests of Honor at have included Colombia, Chile, Puerto Rico, Peru, Catalonia, Brazil, Italy, Quebec, and even New Mexico, but 2009 marks the first time that a city has been awarded this honor. This year’s fair, which runs from November …

Bonus Material: Deals Taking Longer, says Dutch Rights Manager

In Discussion by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams The Netherlands has always occupied a curious place in the European book business. Although a small country, it has an unusually high percentage of book consumers and an extremely active publishing industry that often outstrips much larger markets in speed and competitiveness for the biggest international books. The country also produces its own domestic literary stars, which …

German Buch News: DVAs Hot Madonna

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The debut novel by German author Rolf Bauerdick garnered quite a bit of attention among international publishers at the Frankfurt Book Fair, according to BuchMarkt. Publisher DVA reports that his book “Wie die Madonna auf den Mond kam” (Madonna on the Moon) has now been sold in eight countries, including the US (Knopf) and UK (Atlantic), France, …

Seen and Heard: Frederike Doppenberg, Editor, Athenaeum – Polak & Van Gennep, Amsterdam

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

“I’m here trying to discover new, contemporary classics from countries whose literature is not so well known, such as India, China and Turkey. But a personal interest of mine is Italy. I speak Italian and think there are some wonderful books from there that still need to be discovered and translated. One example which we’re publishing is Andrea Bajani’s Se …

Profile: Transatlantic Literary Agency

In Feature Articles by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams Samantha Haywood, agent and rights director for Transatlantic Literary Agency (TLA), lives out the ocean-straddling name of her agency, splitting her time between Toronto, home to the agency’s headquarters, and Amsterdam, where she now lives with her family. Being part of an eclectic team of agents with footholds in Canada, the US and Europe keeps Haywood sensitized …