Lifecycle of a book in translation

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LIFECYCLE OF A BOOK IN TRANSLATION

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AUTHOR

Wrote a book whose foreign publication
rights may be sold once per territory*.

TERRITORY*

A legally defined area for which a publisher may
purchase the right to translate and republish a
book that was originally published elsewhere.
May be defined geographically: (e.g.: China), or
linguistically (e.g. Spanish). Only one publisher per
territory may hold translation rights at any one time

ORIGINAL RIGHTS HOLDER

Publisher, agent, or occasionally author who controls
a book’s foreign publication rights. Rights sales
may be negotiated either by an in-house
Rights Department, or an external
Foreign Rights Agent.

READER

Hired by a prospective Foreign Publisher to read
a book in its original language and provide an
acquiring editor with a report on its quality
before the Rights are purchased.

FOREIGN RIGHTS AGENT

Works with Original Rights Holder to sell to
Foreign Publishers in other Territories. May
do business worldwide, or be a specialized
Local Subagent, working in
one specific region.

SCOUT

Hired by a Foreign Publisher to “scout out”
Original Rights Holders’ best new books,
recommending which to acquire.
Primarily hired by Publishers
outside the US seeking US titles.

TRANSLATOR

Either: 1) Recruited by an editor who has
already acquired rights for a title, or 2)
Approaches editor with a recommendation
of a book worth acquiring and translating

FOREIGN SOLD PUBLISHER

Within the Foreign Publishing House, an acquiring
editor buys translation rights for a title and works
with a translator to develop a new version to
publish, market, and sell in the given territor

 

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