National Book Council of Malaysia at Center of Malay Rights and Licenses Business

In Global Trade Talk by Amanda DeMarco

Q&A with Adibah Omar, Project Manager at the National Book Council of Malaysia

Interview by Amanda DeMarco

Adibah Omar, Project Manager at the National Book Council of Malaysia

PP: Tell us about your role as Project Manager at the Malaysian Book Council.

Adibah Omar: The Book Council is the organizer of the Malaysian stand at the Frankfurt Book Fair. As project manager, I have to ensure that everything runs smoothly for the participating companies. My responsibilities include spearheading the 50 Best Malaysian Titles catalog, working with contractors for the design of the stand, planning promotional and marketing strategies for participating companies, promoting next year’s Trade and Copyright Centre in Kuala Lumpur, managing the logistics, getting the relevant websites running to getting souvenirs for guests. And of course all to budget and deadlines.

Who should be interested in taking part in the Trade and Copyright Center (TCC)?

All who are involved in the buying and selling of rights in books, multimedia products, digital products, film rights, and related merchandise. This include publishers, agents and service providers who are looking to expand their business in Asia. Authors and illustrators can come and meet agents and publishers. There is a ready market in Malaysia as well as around the region for good and innovative products. The TCC is focused on rights trading and starts two days before the Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair which attracts close to two million visitors every year.

What is the favorite part of your job?

It’s definitely being able to turn creative ideas into reality and managing the challenges of executing them.

How have your experiences as a teacher helped you in your work at the Book Council?

I am always a teacher at heart. Now that I am working at the National Book Council, I am always thinking of ways to encourage Malaysian publishers to continue publishing quality works for our children.

TCC is Southeast Asia’s annual rights fair. Affordable, conveniently located, and tuned into the region’s booming demand, TCC has attracted participants from across Europe, Asia, and Oceania. English, Chinese, Malay, and Indonesia are widely spoken. The next TCC Kuala Lumpur will be held from April 25-28, 2012. For more information, visit

This post was sponsored by the National Book Council of Malaysia.

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Amanda DeMarco

Amanda DeMarco is a freelance writer and translator living in Berlin. Originally from Chicago, her work for Publishing Perspectives focuses on German-language publishing news.