This week I learned about international rights, in honor of Emily’s trip to Italy. International rights obviously are when publisher sell the rights of a book or series to an international publisher. The reason agents have a role in the international negotiations is because agents advocate for better deals for the authors. This can be done in multiple ways, for example, Fuse Literary actually has partners in other countries at partner literary agencies that do the foreign negotiations because they have better contacts with the publishing houses in those other countries. Or sometimes the agent will travel and negotiate with the foreign houses themselves. Although the American publisher will still hold the main rights to the novel, this allows it to be translated and distributed in other countries.
We are going through the query box and trying to keep on top of it during Emily’s vacation. I am proud to be able to request more material, or flat out reject a query if it’s not something I would read more of. It’s exciting to have such an important gate keeping role.
Until next time,