How Do You Work with Your Overseas Partners?

In Discussion by Hannah Johnson

global partnerships

By Hannah Johnson

We at Publishing Perspectives consistently tout the benefits of forming global partnerships in the publishing industry. From buying and selling rights to learning new tricks of the trade, seeking out new contacts around the world helps us realize that opportunities are everywhere — literally. As today’s feature article on publishing opportunities in India points out, companies in growing markets like India are eager to collaborate with international partners and to take advantage of untapped potential.

But working globally is not just one big, happy opportunity. There are challenges ranging from language barriers and cultural differences to understanding new markets and, of course, multiple time zones. Simply communicating with your global partners can be a time-consuming task.

As a global team ourselves, the Publishing Perspectives team has tested all kinds of methods for organizing our schedules, our files and ourselves: Basecamp, Google sites, Google Docs, Dropbox, scheduled conference calls, unscheduled conference calls, endless emails, and the list goes on. Despite all of that, it remains a challenge.

So we want to know, how do you stay in touch and work effectively with your global partners? Do you simply rely on email and Skype, or do you have more sophisticated methods?

Let us know in the comments!

About the Author

Hannah Johnson


Hannah Johnson is the publisher of international book industry magazine Publishing Perspectives, which provides daily information and news about book markets around the world. In addition to building partnerships with international cultural and trade organizations, she works with the Frankfurt Book Fair to organize and support a number of its overseas initiatives. Hannah has also worked as the managing editor for an online media company, The Hooch Life, focused on craft distillers and cocktail experts. Prior to that, she worked as a project manager for the Frankfurt Book Fair’s New York office, managing various business and marketing activities.