Building a Case for Translations, Part 2: “It’s Not The Elegance of the Hedgehog

In Guest Contributors by Chad W. Post

• Last Friday, Chad Post argued for the need to prioritize how to increase readership of translated fiction instead of worrying first about how to pay production costs, in turn shifting the focus from production to marketing and sales. • Today, he explains how the rare blockbuster bestselling translation is a mixed blessing, and why there’s still a reason to …

Building an Audience (and a Case) for Translations

In Guest Contributors by Chad W. Post

• The commonly accepted wisdom in the United States says that translations cost more to produce, and that they don’t sell well. • Chad Post argues that publishers should focus on finding and developing readers for international literature rather than on fixing supply-side factors like translation costs. Editorial by Chad Post “What we need is a great translated beach book. …

Open Letter, the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation, and Bulgarian Literature

In Global Trade Talk by Chad W. Post

By Chad Post Admittedly, this is a bit self-promotional, but I do think it’s an interesting news story of how one particular foundation is helping to promote a particular country’s literature. As announced in this press release, the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation is partnering with Open Letter Books to launch two contests to benefit contemporary Bulgarian authors and translators. The first …

Chad Post on Amazon’s Grant Program

In What's the Buzz by Chad W. Post

By Chad Post, Guest Editor First off, I want to thank Ed Nawotka for allowing me to guest edit Publishing Perspectives this week. This is a real honor, and it’s great that he did the most of the work for which I’ll hopefully get a lot of the credit. (Although the “e-books in Argentina” piece appearing tomorrow is totally my …

Wylie’s Odyssey Editions Explained by Chad Post

In Hannah's Perspective by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Over at the Three Percent blog, Chad Post of Open Letter Books (and next week’s guest editor on Publishing Perspectives) wrote a great in-depth article on Wylie’s Odyssey Editions. He looks at the holes (or lack thereof, depending on whose side you’re on) that exist in publishing contracts of the past which encouraged Wylie to begin publishing …

Catching up with Open Letter’s Chad Post re: Paper-Over-Board

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Last year at this time on Publishing Perspectives friend and contributor Chad Post, director of Open Letter Press at the University of Rochester, wrote a paean to paper-over-board book bindings — you know, those hardcovers without the book jackets. At the time, Chad revealed that despite his dedication to the format, both consumers and booksellers were often …

Planning an Editors or Publishers Trip Abroad? Tell Us About It

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story by Chad W. Post describes the merits of hosting editors and publishers trips abroad. Often organized by cultural institutions, they can be a gateway to learning more about a new culture and literature — and can pay dividends to the host countries in the long run. We at Publishing Perspectives will go (almost) anywhere …

Review: Gasoline by Quim Monzó

In Book Review by Gwendolyn Dawson

Reviewed by Gwendolyn Dawson Gasoline, the Catalan author Quim Monzó’s latest novel to be translated into English, opens at a moment of crisis in Heribert’s career as a painter: he must paint enough canvases to fill two galleries in time for an imminent double show. Instead of working, however, Heribert wallows in indifference and boredom, wandering the city streets, drinking …

PEN World Voices as Change Agent

In Europe by Chad W. Post

By Chad W. Post It was almost seven years ago when I met then PEN executive director Michael Roberts and translator extraordinaire Esther Allen for drinks at the Washington Square Hotel to talk about this new festival they wanted to launch in support of international literature. The Berlin International Literature Festival was going to be their model . . . …