Which Country is the Hottest Book Rights Market in 2011?

In Discussion, Frankfurt 2011 by Edward Nawotka

Among the international players, every one is banking on Brazil. Among the English-speakers…let’s just say “Oh, Canada!”

By Edward Nawotka

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Today’s feature story about the French literary agency Pierre Astier & AssociĆ©s notes that they’ve gone well beyond the borders of France and discovered award-winning talent in places such as Macedonia, Serbia and Iceland — and at the same time sold rights in scores of countries around the world.

Each year at the Frankfurt Book Fair, publishers from one or two particular countries get hot. For 2011, my bet is on Brazil. Not only is the country one of the focuses of this year’s Rights Director’s Meeting, but the anecdotal evidence suggests that Brazil’s economic growth means it’s publishers are eager to acquire (for further proof, see the feature story in the first Frankfurt Book Fair’s revamped English-language newsletter. You can sign up for a copy here.)

Among the English-speaking markets, other evidence would point to Canada, which paradoxically, seems willing to take a risk on a writer that American’s might otherwise overlook. We promise to explore this issue further, but in the mean time tell us which way you think the wind is blowing in 2011.

Share you thoughts in the comments.

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.