International line-up for 30th Frankfurt Rights Meeting

Speakers to discuss cases reflecting success in challenging times

Lars Mytting’s Norwegian Wood has been translated into 15 languages and has been a success the world over since its publication

Who would have thought that a book about felling trees could become a global bestseller? And yet, Lars Mytting’s Norwegian Wood has been translated into 15 languages and has been a success the world over since its publication. What is the success story behind such a title? Under the headline ‘surprising successes in challenging times,’ the Frankfurt Rights Meeting, formerly known as International Rights Directors Meeting, will explore more best cases like this one on 18 October 2016.

High profile speakers will look at this intriguing topic from an array of different angles, providing the audience with valuable insights into their strategic thinking. Thus, attendees will be able to gain market insights, as well as business inspiration and networking opportunities. John Donatich, director of Yale University Press, will share his insights into the US publishing market, focussing on the factors for selling translations successfully in the US.

Kris Kliemann, formerly director of Global Rights at Wiley, USA, and now a Rights Consultant – with copyright and licensing experience in a wide range of markets, dealing with many different content types – will talk about the long-term potential of the backlist, uncovering possible streams of revenue.

Bence Sárközy, director of Libri Publishing, Hungary, will speak about the Hungarian market – about challenges he faces every day and how he manages to publish translations successfully.

Gudrun Hebel, founder of agentur literatur, Germany, is the force behind the internationally successful title Norwegian Wood by Lars Mytting. Together with Katharina Bielenberg, commissioning editor at MacLehose Press, she will present the behind-the-scenes ‘journey’ of this exceptional title and explore what ‘made this book work,’ especially in the challenging UK market.

Michael Healy, executive director (International Relations) Copyright Clearance Center, USA, who also currently chairs the International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI) Agency and is a member of the partners’ board of the UK Copyright Hub, will focus on copyright licensing around the world in his talk. The conference’s host will be Isabelle Bleecker, VP, director, International Rights at Perseus Books, Hachette Book Group, USA. 

For 30 years, representatives of the international trade in rights and licenses have been meeting and networking at the Frankfurt Rights Meeting, formerly known as International Rights Directors Meeting. Attendees include licensing and rights managers, publishers, literary agents, scouts, as well as business development and export managers from the publishing industry. The Frankfurt Rights Meeting will take place in the Frankfurt Book Fair Business Club at Hall 4.2. Copyright Clearance Center is the official sponsor of the Frankfurt Rights Meeting, with IPR License acting as the supporting partner.

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