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Finding An Agent who will pursue Foreign Rights for a Published Book

Started by oksanna-crawley, December 21, 2023, 05:58 PM

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oksanna-crawley

Hi, I have a published picture book, however, my publisher does not want to pursue foreign rights deals for me. They are a boutique publisher and do not wish to do that kind of work. Do I need an agent? I'm assuming I do. How do I go about finding an agent who will take on a published book to pursue foreign rights?  Thank you.

HaroldU

 That's tricky. There ARE agents who specialize in this kind of work. However, they typically prefer to work on behalf of a PUBLISHER and to represent their entire list. Perhaps you could suggest to your publisher that they get an agent to do this for them? After all, there's no downside to it--they will have to provide the foreign rights agent with catalog information and PDFs, but then all the work is done by the agent.

If that's not an option, I'd suggest you seek an agent to represent you more generally. They will then also handle foreign rights, or farm it out to a sub-agent.
Harold Underdown

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Debbie Vilardi

I was hoping Harold would stop by to answer this.

If you have to find an agent for your work in general, there are a number of stickie threads in this forum that will help. Note that you have to query an agent with new work not the book that has been published. You do mention the book and publisher in the letter though. Any agent would want to know you've already been traditionally published.

Good luck.
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