How to Start Selling Foreign Rights

March 2003
by Thomas Woll

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Just as U.S. publishers are always looking for new books to publish, so too are foreign publishers. And sales of your books to these publishers can be an excellent source of subsidiary rights income.

The key is finding the publishers who are publishing in categories similar to yours. Then it’s easy to identify an editor in each targeted house who you can correspond with. This editor may express interest in your books after looking at your current catalog, a list of titles you’ve purchased for future publication, a finished book or books, or all of the above.

Begin the process of selling foreign rights by making a commitment to this source of sub-rights income because it isn’t cheap. You’ll have costs of mailing, copying, and probably some travel. This is a long-term project. Accept that. And oOnce you’ve made your commitment, remind yourself that measurements must beミin addition to normal U.S. measures–in imperial or metric measures if they are to work abroad; think about putting them into your books.

Once you’ve made your commitment, remind yourself that measurements must be in imperial or metric measures if they are to work abroad and think about putting them into your books. Next, find a copy of International Literary Market Place(ILMP). published by R. R. Bowker. This is essentially the international equivalent of Literary Market Place, and it lists publishers by country. I suggest starti…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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