Literary Agent Series: Understanding the Deal, Foreign Rights and Audiobook Rights Zoom Seminar, Saturday, June 24th, 2023
Saturday, June 24th, 2023
2-Part Zoom Seminar
Live Seminar Via Zoom
Starts at 1PM EST/ 12PM CST/10AM PST
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*A recording of this seminar will be made available to enrollees.
Led by industry-leading literary agent at Trident Media Group Mark Gottlieb.
There are many manifestations a book can take—far beyond what we conventionally think of simply as a “book.” Beyond conventional eBooks or printed books in the U.S., two of the primary subsidiary rights editions books are often published in within major trade book publishing are audiobooks and foreign editions. This seminar will focus on what writers making their way through the publishing process will need to know about these important aspects of book publishing. Audiobooks and foreign rights ultimately comprise a large portion of an author’s income revenue stream.
It’s every writer’s dream to see their writing adapted into an audiobook or published widely overseas, but how does one make strides toward those goals? This class will explore:
What publishing is looking for in terms of writing and writers they can collaborate with on an audiobook or through a foreign translation.
How written works are typically sold and adapted into audiobooks and foreign translations.
Ways in which publishing has moved away from independent audiobook acquisitions and the changing aspects of the foreign marketplace.
The licensing structure of audiobook deals and foreign deals.
The major international book fairs where foreign rights are sold and the happenings there.
The process of getting an audiobook or foreign edition made and the writer’s role before, during and after recording or translation.
What it truly means to have one’s work adapted for audio or translation.
Ways in which literary agencies work with audio publishes and foreign publishers.
How and more importantly—why to keep foreign rights during the book deal negotiation process.Mark Gottlieb is a highly ranked literary agent both in overall deals and other individual categories. Using that same initiative and insight for identifying talented writers, he is actively building his own client list of authors. Mark Gottlieb is excited to work directly with authors, helping to manage and grow their careers with all of the unique resources that are available at book publishing’s leading literary agency, Trident Media Group. During his time at Trident Media Group, Mark Gottlieb has represented numerous New York Times bestselling authors, as well as award-winning authors, and has optioned and sold books to film and TV production companies. He previously ran the agency’s audiobook department, in addition to working in foreign rights. Mark Gottlieb is actively seeking submissions in all categories and genres and looking forward to bringing new and established authors to the curious minds of their future readers.
Session 1: Audiobook Rights
1:00 PM EST - 1:45 PM EST via Zoom
This first section focuses on what audiobook publishers are looking for in the audiobook space and how writers can meld their work to the current needs of the marketplace. Time for questions and comments will be afforded toward the end of the session.
Session 2: Foreign Rights
1:55 PM EST - 3:00 PM EST via Zoom
The second session will follow with an explanation of everything that occurs in the foreign rights space for books being published overseas and how writers can better their chances of getting their books translated.
- How to describe one’s own work concisely
- Adapting writing to be a good fit for audiobooks or translation
- Understanding the audiobook and foreign publishing marketplace and mentality
- Changes in the landscape of audiobooks and foreign rights
- The structure of foreign and audiobook licensing deals
- Role of the writer in foreign translations and audiobook productions
- Knowing the benefits of an audiobook of foreign adaptation
- The most productive ways to navigate the audiobook and foreign rights industries
“To find someone in the publishing world these days who possesses such style and grace…a throwback. Crown moldings and brass door knocker in a world of prefab housing.”
—Lesley Kagen, New York Times bestselling author
“He is professional, knowledgeable, and deeply cares about the careers of his clients. …I'm lucky to have Mark in my corner!”
—Alan Hlad, USA Today bestselling author
“My writing career never would have advanced as fast or as far without Mark's help.” —James Breakwell, bestselling author
“He goes above and beyond his work expectations by cultivating caring relationships with his clients, always expressing empathy and patience. He is kind, supportive and knows what he's doing.”
—Ruby Karp, author of Earth Hates Me
ONLINE COURSE STRUCTURE:
This Workshop will meet via Zoom on Saturday, June 24th, 2023.
Session 1 will be 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM EST
15-minute Break Between Sessions
Session 2 will be 1:55 PM – 3:00 PM EST
*Recordings of all sessions will be made available to everyone who enrolls.PAYMENT OPTIONS:
You can pay for the course in full or use Shop Pay or Affirm to pay over time with equal Monthly Payments. Both options are available at checkout.
- Mark Gottlieb | Live via Zoom
- Seminar is fully ONLINE and meets via Zoom