Literary agencies that handle foreign rights in multiple languages

PLEASE NOTE: This post concerns literary agencies whose clients, in most cases, primarily are trade book publishers or other literary agents. Keep that important distinction in mind. If you are an author, you’ll need to determine (by examining the agency’s website) whether the agency works directly with any individual authors.

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Typically, when a trade book publisher or a literary agency doesn’t have an in-house foreign rights representative, the business will enter into contractual agreements with literary agents for each foreign language or territory. Take a look at a midsize book publisher’s “foreign rights” webpage to better understand what I’m describing. It takes considerable effort to establish relationships with individual subcontractors abroad, but it’s desirable to have agents offering foreign rights to publishers with whom they’re acquainted or at least familiar, and whose language they speak.

To simplify matters, a few literary agencies specialize by offering rights in multiple foreign languages. These one-stop foreign rights agencies are set up to make it easier for publishers and literary agencies to outsource foreign rights licensing.

I’ve compiled a list of some of the literary agents who I believe will offer rights in multiple languages, typically through their established system of agreements with subagents around the world. In other words, the agencies listed here serve as the primary points of contact for the publishers and agents who enlist their services to exploit foreign language rights in the titles under their control.

Let me know if you’re aware of any agencies I’ve overlooked, and I’ll add them to the list. I have not included in this list any searchable databases of foreign rights offerings, which operate as online rights catalogues.

None of these agencies, as far as I’m aware, licenses foreign rights in every language. It would remain necessary to engage two or more agencies to obtain what might be considered ample coverage of foreign territories. Furthermore, some of these agencies handle titles originally published in one particular language, so it’s crucial to read the fine print on their websites before contacting any of them.

Multi-language foreign rights agencies

Big Apple Agency
New Taipei City, Republic of China
Shanghai & Beijing, People’s Republic of China

Asia Literary Agency – Kelly Falconer
Hong Kong, SAR, People’s Republic of China

Susan Schulman: A Literary Agency
New York, NY, USA

Susanna Lea Associates
New York, NY, USA
London, UK
Paris, France

Jenny Meyer Literary Agency, Inc.
Brooklyn, NY, USA
jenny@meyerlit.com

Goodwill Rights Management – Carl Dobrowolski
Brooklyn, NY, USA

Baror International, Inc. – Danny Baror & Heather Baror-Shapiro
Armonk, NY, USA

Biagi Rights Management – Linda Biagi
Pleasantville, NY, USA

Chandler Crawford Agency
Monterey, MA, USA
chandler@crawford-agency.com

Columbine Communications & Publications – Bob Erdmann & Mary Mertz
Walnut Creek, CA, USA

RussoRights, LLC
Fairfax, VA, USA

Taryn Fagerness Agency
Gig Harbor, WA, USA

2Seas Agency
Ojai, CA, USA

The Fielding Agency
Beverly Hills, CA, USA

Sylvia Hayse Literary Agency, LLC
Eugene, OR, USA

TransWorld Editions – Sara Hartman-Seeskin
Chicago, IL, USA

Letter Soup Rights Agency – Allison Olson
Little Canada, MN, USA

International Transactions, Inc. – Peter & Sandra Riva
Gila, NM, USA

Riggins International Rights Services, Inc.
Clarksville, TN, USA

Montréal-Contacts / The Rights Agency
Montréal, Québec, Canada

The Foreign Rights Department at Aitken Alexander Associates – Sally Riley, Matilda Forbes Watson, Nishta Hurry, and Rimma Linnus
London, UK
New York, NY, USA
New Delhi, Delhi, India

Andrew Nurnberg Associates
London, UK

The Wylie Agency & The Wylie Agency España
London, UK
New York, NY, USA

Cathy Miller Foreign Rights Agency
Fulham, London, UK
+44 02073865473

Geddes International Limited – Mina Okamoto
London, UK

Helen Binns
London, UK

Intercontinental Literary Agency Ltd
London, UK

Jenny Rosson
London, UK

KNK Agency – Katrin Kiermeier
London, UK

Louisa Pritchard
London, UK

The Marsh Agency
Mayfair, London, UK

Rights People
London, UK

Rocking Chair Books – Samar Hammam
London, UK

European Literary Agency – Sandra Baumgartner-Naylor
Bristol, Bristol, UK

Jill Hughes Foreign Rights
Lincoln, Lincolnshire, UK

Rights Consultancy, Margot Edwards Rights & Coeditions
Woburn Sands, Bedfordshire, UK

Booklink – Maria White
Epsom, Surrey, UK
Marseilles, France

The Plot Lounge – Airlie Lawson
Nimmitabel, New South Wales, Australia

Bookcase Literary Agency – Flavia Viotti and Meire Dias
São Paulo, Brazil

Cristina Mora Literary & Film Agency
Barcelona, Spain

ELKOST International Literary Agency
Barcelona, Spain
Milan, Italy
Moscow, Russia

Eulama – Pina von Prellwitz
Rome, Italy
Munich, Germany

Maria Pinto-Peuckmann
Munich, Germany

Silke Bruenink Agency
Munich, Germany

The Wittmann Agency – Claudia Wittmann
Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany

Books & Rights
Zürich, Switzerland

Salomonsson Agency – Niclas Salomonsson
Stockholm, Sweden

Argosy Agency – Caterina da Lisca and Sarah Katooki
Porto, Portugal
Venice, Italy

Global Books Agency – Ana Margarida Bacalhau
Lisbon, Portugal

DS Rights and Co-Editions Ltd. – Livia Stoia
Bucharest, Romania

S.B.Rights Agency – Stephanie Barrouillet
Israel

I’m delighted to be working with the Big Apple Agency and Cristina Mora. If the other agencies list their clients on their websites, then recommendations can be sought from those clients.

Anyone, but particularly publishers and agents who wish to learn more about the business of licensing foreign rights, can refer to several detailed books on the subject. Seagull Books, a literary press, publishes Rights Buying, Protecting, Selling by Petra Christine Hardt, director of the rights department at Suhrkamp in Berlin. Routledge publishes a guidebook, now in its sixth edition, titled Selling Rights by Lynette Owen, the copyright director at Pearson Education.

These days, publishers should not overlook the feasibility of producing and distributing their own titles in multiple languages. It’s becoming easier and potentially more profitable than subrights licensing deals.

23 Replies to “Literary agencies that handle foreign rights in multiple languages”

  1. Hi Robin,
    Thanks for asking about agencies that you may have overlooked.
    Ours is one of them.
    I am the CEO and one of the owners of Eulama International Literary Agency, currently based in Rome and Munich. Established in 1962 we have been actively operating internationally in translation rights selling 51 years now, covering many subjects and well known authors: Alberto Moravia, Jane Bowles, Elias Canetti, Shusaku Endo, Ismail Kadaré, Richard Scarry, Leo Lionni, Card. Joseph Ratzinger being only the first names that come to my mind.
    I cordially invite you to visit our website http://www.eulama.com -sorry if currently being restyled and not looking at its best-.
    Thanks,
    Pina von Prellwitz
    Eulama International Literary Agency

  2. Hi, Pina:

    Thank you for letting me know the full extent of Eulama’s business. I’ve just added your agency to the list in the blogpost. The website looks great, by the way!

    Warm regards from the US,

    Robin

  3. Dear Robin,

    Yesterday I’ve found your fab webpage about multilingual media agency supporting authors and publishers around the world.

    Please let me take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Claudia Wittmann and I am owner and founder of The Wittmann Agency, an International and Foreign Rights Agency that works as external foreign rights department for authors and publishers throughout the world and specialises in companion books, guides and works of popular reference and excellent contacts worldwide to publishing houses, book clubs and agencies. 

    The Wittmann Agency offers a full rights service and provides authors and publishers with reliable, efficient and successful support for all national and international publishing rights and licensing issues.

    If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact myself and see our English website http://www.the-wittmann-agency.com/rights-agency.html for more information.
     
    I look forward to hearing from you and send you best regards,
    Claudia Wittmann

  4. Dear Claudia:

    Thanks so much for the information. I’m glad you found my list. I added a link to your agency’s very attractive website.

    Kind regards from the US,

    Robin

  5. Thanks, Claudia! I can see the traffic coming from Twitter already.

    Good luck at Frankfurt next month. The next time I go to Germany, I’ll get in touch so we can meet in person.

    Have a lovely week,

    Robin

  6. Hi, Claire:

    Nice to hear from you! When I get back to the States, I’ll add Montréal-Contacts to the list. If I try to edit the post using this mobile app, who knows what might happen? 😯

  7. Hi, Claudia:

    Thanks for alerting me. It looks like an older version of the post was restored, which might have happened when I tried to use the WordPress mobile app to “update” and discovered it and I don’t define “update” in the same way. In any case, I’ll make the additions when I return to the States in a week, because I’ll have access to my desktop computer then.

    Kindest regards,

    Robin

  8. Hi there,
    i am a Author here in Nort Carolina,and I am looking for a publisher for my book:Halting the Declining of the United States, and Restorin Its Power, can you help?
    Thanks,
    James A.Hudson

  9. Hi, James. Judging from your comment, you’ll probably need to find a copyeditor or a co-author if you would like a traditional publisher to consider your book. However, anyone can self-publish these days. Watch out for the vanity publishing scams. Good luck to you.

  10. What a Gift! I was sent this link by Claudia Wittmann. Thank you, Claudia for your effervescent friendly and helpful considerations. Thank you, Robin for your tireless work in providing such complete and constructive information!

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