With decades of experience in the offices and cubicles of the business, three publishing veterans are now repping authors as literary agents who hold meetings at 6 a.m.
Literary agents and rights directors tell Publishing Perspectives that the energy was high, deals were plentiful, and business was serious this year at Frankfurter Buchmesse.
As Frankfurt 2018 kicks off, Publishing Perspectives spoke with a number of literary agents about their books and deals this year.
As Turkey’s nose-diving currency sets off alarm bells on world trading floors, Istanbul’s Kalem Agency appeals to the publishing community for consideration from rights buyers: ‘It’s like being in a war.’
‘The share of income from rights has steadily increased from 72 percent in 2013 to 80 percent in 2016,’ says the UK’s Publishers Association, in a report released this summer.
From Denmark, Spain, Sweden, the USA, France, and Norway, our rights roundup is primarily fiction, with its one nonfiction entry being in comics format, looking at historical women’s movements. A second theme in several this time: displacement and immigration.
Sexual and gender relations, insects in our neighborhood, and historical fiction about genius: this month’s rights roundup includes work originally published in English, Swedish, and Norwegian.
At the 2018 Abu Dhabi Book Fair, Flora Rees of the Emirates Literature Foundation talks about the editor-author relationship and the role of literary agents in publishing across the Arab world.
Can publishing advances sustain literary agencies in Latin America? And could stories of violence be what publishers this season are looking for? These and other issues are discussed by rights specialists among the Bogotá Book Fair fellows.
What can happen in ‘180 Seconds’? That’ the crux of one of the titles in our rights roundup, which gathers the work of Spanish, American, French, Finnish, Swedish, Polish, and Greek authors.