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Head of Foreign Rights for Consumer Learning (Teach Yourself & Chambers) and Hodder Faith
Hodder & Stoughton (Sceptre; Coronet; John Murray; Two Roads; Saltyard; Mulholland) Rights:
Head of Foreign Rights
Senior Rights Manager
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The Rights team at 338 Euston Road is a group of six. We sell rights across Chambers, Hodder & Stoughton (including Teach Yourself), Headline Publishing Group, John Murray and Hodder Faith.
Over the years, we have built strong relationships with scouts, subagents, and a myriad of publishers and editors across the globe. Our mission is to sell each book to as many foreign territories as possible. We are always on the go trying to strengthen existing relationships and meet new publishers. We also, of course, are an active presence in the many book fairs that take place across the globe; including Frankfurt, London, Turin, Flip (in Brazil), and BEA.
I started as a Foreign Rights Assistant at Little, Brown and Company in 1996. In New York, I worked across both foreign and domestic rights at Little, Brown; Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Warner Books/Grand Central; John Wiley & Sons; and Bulfinch Press.
I moved to London and Hachette UK in 2008 as the Rights Director.
I have a wide range of reading interests across most genres, but if pressed to make a choice in a rushed airport bookstore, I will always gravitate towards a good commercial thriller.
I am passionate about books, about writing, about the publishing industry, and author’s interests; and my goal is to create a friendly, approachable, but professional team that works hard to garner the best deals for our authors.
Head of Foreign Rights
I started my career at independent publisher I.B.Tauris, working with the Rights Director and Editorial Director across a range of projects and getting my first taste of book fairs, journalists and ebooks.
I then moved to Penguin, where I worked for 4 years in their hugely successful Rights Department, working on a range of domestic and foreign rights across all Penguin imprints, as well as managing the Jamie Oliver co-editions.
At Hodder, Headline and John Murray, I concentrate mainly on translation rights, but also sell some serial and US rights. I've been very lucky to work on debut authors such as Natasha Solomons, Christina Hopkinson and Ali Knight, selling them before UK publication into over 10 languages, as well as more established titles such as Sophie Hannah and Robyn Young. On the non-fiction side, we've had huge success with several titles, including Denis Avey's THE MAN WHO BROKE INTO AUSCHWITZ, Lesley-Ann Jones's FREDDIE MERCURY, Sam Pivnik's SURVIVOR, Gordon Ramsay and also continuing success with Andy Riley.
It's thoroughly enjoyable getting to know the intricacies and quirks of the publishing industry across the world and finding ‘that perfect book' for editors in each and every country.
My own reading interests are as broad as the territories I sell in to, but I'll always enjoy an upmarket commercial read with a good hook – and the ability to bring a tear to my eye!
Senior Rights Manager
During 17 years of selling subsidiary rights in a variety of publishing environments, which included a literary agency, a packager and trade publishing houses, I have handled a diverse range of foreign and domestic rights. In my current role I sell translation and serial rights for a selection of authors across the Hodder & Stoughton, John Murray and Headline lists as well as unabridged audio rights for Headline authors.
While my rights selling experience is diverse, translation rights have always been my main focus. Over the years I have been successful in selling a wide-ranging list of titles from commercial and literary fiction to a variety of non-fiction projects.
Some of my most notable successes include 28 translation sales for a reading-group debut author Sarah Winman, 24 translation sales for Andy McDermott’s action adventure thriller, 6 sales for a debut novel due to be published in August 2012 and the Michael Jackson tribute title which in the four weeks between Michael Jackson’s death and our publication, I placed in 16 territories.
I graduated in 2010 and following an internship, joined the Literary and TV departments of WME as a general assistant in August 2010. I then moved to WME’s Foreign Rights department the following January where I assisted in selling translation rights around the world, with a focus on Germany.
I joined the Rights Department at Hodder, Headline and John Murray in November 2012 as Rights Executive, where I now work closely with our international subagents to sell translation rights in Eastern Europe, Asia and Israel.
My personal reading tastes are varied, but I particularly enjoy commercial women’s fiction and literary fiction.
Head of Rights for Consumer Learning & Hodder Faith
I started as a Publishing Assistant at Bertelsmann Media in 1998. I was soon promoted to be Coordinator for Central and Eastern Europe where I was responsible for negotiating sub-rights contracts for the Bertelsmann/Random House Group and building and coordinating the regional publishing programme. In 2003 I took part in an exchange with Random House in New York and soon after I was promoted to the role of Non-Fiction Publisher. In 2005 I moved to PWN (Polish Scientific Publishers) to be their Reference Publisher. I have worked with a wide range of publishers based in the UK all, in the US and over Europe and acquired rights to a very long list of titles which I then managed through the translation, editorial and production processes.
In 2007 I moved to the UK and for two years worked as Rights Manager for Europe for Quayside Publishing (part of Quarto Group) representing all their lists. I enjoyed my time there especially organizing numerous co-editions for their beautiful coffee table life-style, design, art or popular culture books. In 2009 I moved to Hodder and Stoughton to become Head of Rights for the Consumer Learning list and at the end of 2012 I also inherited the Hodder Faith list. Additionally, I have been involved in drafting our first digital contract and now I have been licensing in all digital forms. I am passionate about publishing and I love my job at Hodder and Stoughton. I very much enjoy working with publishers across the world, discussing the specifics of their markets and seeing our books being published in almost every world language.
I have Master degrees in Human Geography and Social Anthropology. I have deep interest in social and environmental issues. I love art and music. I am passionate about world cultures and travelling. I am an amateur photographer, potter and mountaineer. I read all types of travel guides, children’s stories and essays on current affairs.
I joined Hodder, Headline and John Murray as Rights Assistant in April 2012 and now handle our Domestic Rights.
I graduated in 2009 and, after taking some time out to see the world, moved to London. After a short stint in recruitment, I took my first publishing role in a temporary position between the Little, Brown and Orion Rights Departments, where I realised my interest in Publishing, and Rights particularly.
Eight months later I moved to a permanent role in the Rights department at Macmillan, however jumped at the opportunity to move back to the Hachette UK group where I am very excited to be now.
My reading interests are eclectic; but in general lie in the realm of fiction and fantasy.
Sarah.Brooks@hodder.co.ukâ€¨020 7873 6032
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