#BEA11: International Rights – “Hope In A Rapidly Changing World”

In Global Trade Talk by Rachel Aydt

By Rachel Aydt International rights deals provide a growing revenue stream many agents, even as advances from publishers continue to shrink. Tuesday’s panel “What is the Low-Down on the Global Publishing Marketplace?” panel moderated by agent Ira Silverberg of Sterling Lord Literistic, offered several tips, observations and “best practices” for working in the field of international rights. Mr. Silverberg spoke …

Five Tips for Working with Hollywood as a Publisher or Author

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

The importance of “key art,” how to work with co-agents, and whether or not to follow your gut. By Edward Nawotka For the past two days we’ve looked at the process of book discovery in Hollywood, and as discussed yesterday, how the cultures between book publishing and filmmaking are often at odds. Continuing yesterday’s conversation with Pat Walsh, former editor …

Publishers Need (Re)Education, So What Would You Teach?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

How to monetize digital? Book discovery? Rights and royalties? Macro or micro, let us know what you think. By Edward Nawotka Education, as the cliche goes, never stops. Publishing is an evolving trade and profession, especially in the age of digital. Education or re-education for working publishers, such as those attending the Yale Publishing Course (discussed in today’s feature story), …

Publishing’s Paper Problem and How to Future-Proof the Industry

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

There’s an urgent need for publishers to update legacy rights management and content creation systems, according to speakers at BISG’s “Making Information Pay” conference. By Charlotte Abbott Though the idea of publishing as a data-driven industry may still be anathema to its old guard, the Book Industry Study Group’s 8th annual Making Information Pay conference hammered home once again that …

Germans are Hot: Hangman’s Daughter Sells 100,000 on Amazon

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

by Siobhan O’Leary For years, those who move and shake in the international publishing scene have bemoaned the fact that only three percent of the books published in the US are books published in translation. There are signs, however, that German authors — from Jenny Erpenbeck to Daniel Kehlmann — are gaining in popularity worldwide. Ullstein’s foreign rights director Pia …

Unearthing New Content and New Rights Opportunities in Frankfurt

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

By Juergen Boos, Director of the Frankfurt Book Fair Publishers of all sizes earn a significant amount of their revenue from rights and licenses. Rights managers at these publishing companies, as well as literary agents, are most often the people who understand how to “translate” stories, ideas and information into other languages, formats and territories — who know how to …

More Stories, More Rights: Films & Games in Frankfurt

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson It’s not news to anyone that the rights business is expanding all the time. Technology has enabled more people and companies to create more content faster than ever before. According to Britta Friedrich, Director of Creative Industries for the Frankfurt Book Fair, these technological developments are giving rise to new points of convergence among the publishing, games …

Mysterious J.J. Abrams Novel Inspires Mysterious Sale

In What's the Buzz by Roger Tagholm

By Roger Tagholm Canongate’s Jamie Byng has bought what he describes as “the most high concept novel I have ever come across”, a debut novel from J.J. Abrams, creator of Lost and director of Star Trek. Byng concluded the deal with Cathryn Summerhayes of William Morris Endeavour (WME) in London, with the primary agent being Jay Mandell of WME US …