How to find an agent
Thread poster: Ben Zartman
Ben Zartman
English to Spanish
Oct 23, 2004

I am translating an old children's book into Spanish from English, and am seeking an agent who deals in translations. Is it better to find an agent in, say, Spain or Mexico to market a translation, or are there plenty of agents in the US (Where I live), that deal with this?
Any ideas are much appreciated.


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Claudio Chagas
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Unsolicited Manuscripts Oct 23, 2004

It's often very difficult to get unsolicited manuscripts published. Usually there are literary scouts who gather information from agents, publishers and editors on behalf of foreign clients. They only work with material that is already commissioned or being handled by an agent. They do not accept any unsolicited material. But If you don't know any agent you can always go direct and cut the middle man.

But I'd start getting a deal sorted with a publisher or agent soon, before you translate the whole book. This would avoid any risk of translating and not getting it published.

Good luck with the negotiations,

Claudio


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Claudio Chagas
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Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2005 Oct 24, 2004

This is a very good book to get you started. It offers full contact details of publishers, agents in the UK. I'm sure there's something similar for the US. Anyway, US and UK publishers do a lot of work together, so this shouldn't be a problem either.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0713666595/026-6592838-5864428


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Atenea Acevedo  Identity Verified
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Fully agree Oct 24, 2004

I agree with Tayfun and Claudio. In any case, I think you should try to get someone either in Spain, Mexico or Argentina, the countries where the giant publishing houses of Spanish literature are based.

Cheers,
Atenea

[Edited at 2004-10-25 03:17]


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wrtransco
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Copyright Oct 24, 2004

Who has the copyright -- do you know? If not, try to find out through the publisher.

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Melissa Field  Identity Verified
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For the North American market, it is the Writer's Market 2004 (... or 05) Oct 24, 2004

According to my copy of the Writer's Market 2003, there are a few agents in the states who work both with translated material and juvenile fiction:
Writers House in NY
Shapiro-Lichtman in LA
Ken Sherman & Associates in Beverly Hills.

Maybe there is a market for your project here in the US. Good luck!

Melissa

P.S. here is their website:
www.writersmarket.com


[Edited at 2004-10-24 17:02]


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Ben Zartman
English to Spanish
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Thanks Oct 25, 2004

Thank you all; this gives me a starting point. Since I have no translating work currently, I am not losing much by translating on speculation; the piece I am working on is fraught with obscure nautical terms which are fun to ferret out (bowsprit, staysail, clew, etc), and which are increasing my vocabulary at a fantastic rate. I have never yet dealt with an agent--I sell my writing (in English) diretly to editors--and wanted to know whether any agents specialized in translations. Back to the (sigh) query letter.

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