Welcome to the home of Subsidiary Rights. Please read on to find out more about our team, or alternatively, please reach out to a member of staff with any specific Rights queries you may have.
Deputy Rights Director
Head of Foreign Rights
The Rights team at Carmelite House 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.
My first job in the publishing industry was as a Rights Assistant at Little, Brown and Company in New York. I worked in New York publishing for ten years, 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 for Hodder & Stoughton. I am now the Rights Director across Hodder & Stoughton, John Murray Press, Headline Publishing Group, and Quercus Books.
We are an experienced rights team with over twenty years of experience in the industry. Our successes range from rights sales across every type of genre from celebrity memoir, sports biography, literary fiction, commercial/reading group fiction, narrative nonfiction, and debut fiction.
In 2013, I won the Bookseller Industry Award for Rights Professional of the Year. I am also the Director of the Quercus US publishing division in New York.
My goal is to create an approachable and professional team that works hard to garner the best deals for our authors.
Deputy Rights Director
I joined Orion in 1998 as an assistant to the promotional books team but quickly found my way to the rights department to work on the Weidenfeld and Nicolson co-edition list.
After four happy years at Orion I moved on to gain more experience in both trade and co-edition publishing. In 2006 I was asked to join Quercus to set up their rights department and it was amazing to be a part of that publishing phenomenon. At Quercus I worked across all lists and on a myriad of books, from cookery to translated literary fiction, selling in domestic, translation and English language rights. We had some fantastic successes, including placing the English Language rights to the Stieg Larson trilogy and selling Stef Penny, then a debut author, into over 30 languages.
I have been extremely lucky throughout my career to work on some terrific books and with some great writers. Now as part of a larger rights team, working over more lists, I have the opportunity to work with even more talented authors.
Head of Foreign Rights
I have been selling subsidiary rights (for more years than I care to mention) in a variety of publishing environments, which included a literary agency, a packager and trade publishing houses, handling a diverse range of foreign and domestic rights. In my current role I sell translation, US and serial rights for a selection of authors across the Hodder & Stoughton, John Murray, Headline and Quercus lists as well as overseeing the translation rights strategy for the department.
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 35 translation deals for the Alex Ferguson Autobiography, 28 translation sales for a reading-group debut author Sarah Winman, 24 translation sales for Andy McDermott’s action adventure thriller 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 am a passionate reader, never happier than opening pages of a book to discover a new author set to become a ‘life-long friend.’ These ‘friends’ are now too many to mention but there is always room for one more.
Senior Rights Manager
I graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in Chinese and French before beginning my career in publishing. I started as Rights Assistant for Rodale in 2006 where
I worked for a year before joining Quercus Books.
At Quercus I was responsible for rights sales across all imprints, including MacLehose Press, Jo Fletcher Books and Heron Books throughout a wide range of territories. I travelled regularly in order to develop the rights and co-edition business, build our contact base and expand my knowledge of the international markets and their publishing trends. I am really excited now to be part of a bigger team and to be working on the Hodder, Headline, John Murray Press and Quercus lists.
I have a passion for literature, languages and international culture and this has given me a sound understanding of the international publishing markets. My personal reading tastes are diverse but I enjoy literary fiction, commercial thrillers as well as reading-group fiction.
I graduated from the University of Warwick 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 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, and now work across the Quercus, Hodder Faith and John Murray Learning lists as well. I work mainly with our international subagents selling translation rights in Eastern Europe, Asia and Israel, and also handle radio reading and English language reprint rights, as well as being jointly responsible for large print and audio rights.
I love working across such a wide range of titles as my personal reading tastes are varied, but I particularly enjoy literary and reading group fiction.
I graduated from Queen Mary University of London with a BA in English in 2010. I love meeting new people, seeing new places and talking to people about books, so rights was an obvious choice for me once I’d discovered that such a job existed. My first publishing job was as a Rights Assistant across Vintage and Cornerstone at Random House. After a year or so I started working at Cornerstone full-time and was there for four years before moving to Hodder, Headline, John Murray and Quercus in November 2015.
I love the variety and breadth of reading experience that working in publishing can offer and I particularly enjoy reading anything humorous, sporty or fantastical – especially if it’s in a series that I can get lost in for ages.
When I’m not reading I love playing and watching a huge variety of sports, from judo to football; and I have a particular talent for ruining people’s days with inadvertent Game of Thrones spoilers.
I joined the rights team for Hodder, Headline, John Murray and Quercus in November 2014. I liaise with a variety of departments within these divisions; creating and updating rights guides, dealing with production material requests, answering author queries and providing general admin support for the team. I also provide administrative support for the Quercus US team, acting as a link with the UK office.
I graduated in 2013 having done English and Drama at university. I knew that I wanted to go into publishing and carried out internships and work experience at various publishers, in several different departments. During my work experience at Pan Macmillan I learnt more about rights and realised that this was the area I wanted to go into.
In the autumn of 2014 I had an internship with literary scouts Louise Allen Jones during the build-up to the Frankfurt Book Fair and this gave me a real insight into the world of foreign rights sales. At the end of the internship I went on to join Hachette.
I joined the rights team in May 2015. I process contracts, sell production material and provide general administrative support to the team.
After completing a degree in History in August 2014 I undertook work experience with the publicity and editorial departments at Hodder and Stoughton before gaining some temp work with the contracts team. It was from there that I learnt more about subsidiary rights and was offered a job as a Rights Assistant.
I like to read a wide range of books, but I particularly enjoy thrillers and non-fiction history books.
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