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Welcome to Word Smitten.
The Hidden Clause: Foreign
In our exclusive interview with Diana Finch, you'll read key
information about foreign rights and international distribution.
Information that you need to know before signing a contract
with your publisher.
Heather Harreld Havenstein
Word Smitten Correspondent
many writers, thinking about the complex business details of
book publishing often takes a back seat to the mission of getting
the debut novel or nonfiction manuscript published. The fervent
quest to entice an American publisher eclipses any other thoughts
of marketing a manuscript.
An increasingly important area often overlooked by a new author
is the somewhat mystifying area of international book marketing
and distribution. Or as it is known throughout the United States
in the book publishing industry, foreign rights.
authors should be tackling these questions of foreign rights
at the beginning of the process. At the time a book is ready
to be submitted in the United States, authors need to examine
whether to sign over these rights to an American publisher,
says Diana Finch, agent and former manager of foreign rights
at Trident Media Group and the Ellen Levine Literary Agency.
Finch represents a wide range of authors and projects, with
a concentration in serious and narrative nonfiction.
While most American publishers will seek to buy world rights
given the opportunity, savvy authors will calculate several
factors, including the potential foreign markets for translation
and an agent's experience in the process, before signing over
translation rights, according to Finch.
A key step in this process...
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