Frankfurt Fellowships: Beyza Becerikli of Turkey’s Can Publishing

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A Frankfurt Fellow this year, Beyza Becerikli is chief of rights and acquisitions at Can Publishing in Turkey.

On Istanbul’s Mimar Vedat Sokak in Fatih. Image – Getty iStockphoto: Kutredrig

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

The Frankfurt Fellowship
As many Publishing Perspectives readers know, Frankfurter Buchmesse each year welcomes participants in grant and fellowship programs, all designed to encourage international collegiality, professionalism, and perspective among their participants. Those chosen to take part are early-to-middle career people in publishing—according to each program’s makeup.

You can learn more about all of Frankfurt’s fellowship and/or grant programs here.

The program we hear from today, the flagship Frankfurt Fellowship, is an intensive training and networking program for publishers, editors, rights and licensing managers, and literary agents from many parts of the world. This is a program supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.

Earlier in our series:

Today’s Frankfurt Fellow, Istanbul’s Beyza Becerikli, will strike a chord for many in world publishing with her incisive answer to the “greatest challenges” question: “Economics at all levels.”

Beyza Becerikli, Can Publishing, Turkey

Publishing Perspectives: What is your work like at Can Publishing?

Beyza Becerikli

Beyza Becerikli: I work as chief of rights and acquisitions at Can Publishing, and our company prides itself on having a great backlist of modern and contemporary literature.

With such a rich backlist, my main focus is always on those collaborations that have been in existence for more than 40 years.

My role begins with requests for review proofs and ends with approval of the final material, but my main focus is on discovering new titles, reviewing new catalogues, and bringing them together with our editors across all imprints and series.

Seeking out new and emerging voices and creating more international connections are also the best parts of this role, and I try to make more time for them.

Publishing Perspectives: What are the main challenges you see in your country’s book market today for publishers and especially rights professionals like yourself?

Beyza Becerikli: Economics at all levels.

The currency crisis started in 2021; high inflation came at the beginning of 2022; natural disasters and the period of elections followed. These factors affect what is purchased, what is reprinted, wages, and, ultimately, the quality of the editorial process, production, and results.

It’s always challenging and takes too much energy to explain all the details to international partners. And in some cases, we don’t understand them either.

Publishing Perspectives: Will this be your first time at Frankfurt Book Fair?

Beyza Becerikli: Yes, this will be my first Frankfurt Book Fair, and I’m very happy to be part of the Frankfurt Fellowship. I’ll be attending this biggest and most important international fair, but I’ll also benefit from the in-depth perspective and access to the fellowship organization.

I started working as a rights professional in March 2020 (sigh), and I’m looking forward to meeting my professional contacts and my international friends, whom I’ve known for more than three years, in person for the first time.

A programming note: On Frankfurt Wednesday at Frankfurter Buchmesse (October 18 to 22), our Publishing Perspectives Forum will feature a discussion with independent publishers. We’ll hear from:

  • Sharky Chen, founder of Comma Books and president of the Indie Publishers Association of Taiwan
  • Tom Kraushaar, publishing director of Klett-Cotta in Germany
  • Sevani Matos, president of the Brazilian Book Chamber in Brazil and general director with VR Editora in Brazil
  • Melissa Wakhu, CEO of Kenya’s Sol Kids Africa

That’s at 11 a.m. on October 18, and as last year, the PP Forum is set in the bright, tree-lined Room Spektrum on Level 2 of the Messe Frankfurt Congress Center. More on the Forum and its programming is here, with information on our speakers and their appearances.

There are more Frankfurt fellowship and grants program interviews in our Frankfurt Book Fair Magazine, which will be distributed on October 18, in print at the trade show and digitally here at Publishing Perspectives.

The magazine has previews of programming from our Publishing Perspectives Forum at Frankfurt including our Executive Talks with Penguin Random House worldwide CEO Nihar Malaviya and Nanmeebooks’ Kim Chongsatitwana; highlights of key events at the 75th Frankfurter Buchmesse; and coverage of Frankfurt’s upcoming guest of honor programs (Italy, the Philippines, the Czech Republic) and this year’s Guest of Honor Slovenia.

There’s also news of literary agents and agencies; award-winning books from guest of honor markets; focus articles on artificial intelligence, sustainability; and a forthcoming effort to get more Korean literature into world markets; as well as 75th-anniversary “Frankfurt Moments.” Be sure to get your copy of the magazine when you arrive at Buchmesse on Wednesday, or download it here at Publishing Perspectives.

More from Publishing Perspectives on Frankfurter Buchmesse is here, more on Books at Berlinale is here, more on publishing in Europe is here, more on publishing and Turkey is here, more on international book fairs and trade shows is here, and more on rights trading in international publishing is here.

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Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.