With offices in California and Europe, 2 Seas Agency sells foreign rights worldwide or into specific territories, according to our clients’ needs.
Thanks to over 25 years of combined experience on both sides of the Atlantic and in Asia, our team has an in-depth knowledge of foreign publishing. Our regular visits to international book fairs and publishing cities allow us to build and maintain close ties around the world with publishers, agents, literary scouts, translators, and the many other people active on the international publishing scene.
Founded in 2011 in California, 2 Seas Agency has managed to implement a new way of selling foreign rights. We opened our European office in Portugal in 2015, headed by Junior Agent Chrysothemis Armefti – who is now based in Cyprus, and have worked remotely with interns based in amongst others Brazil, France, Scotland, and Italy. We pay regular visits to international book fairs and publishing cities: we travel to Europe at least twice per year to attend the Frankfurt and London Book Fairs, and while we’re on the Old Continent we meet publishers in the most important publishing cities such as Paris, Amsterdam, Cologne, Berlin, Munich, London, and Barcelona. We have also attended book fairs in Beijing, Turin, Guadalajara, Rio de Janeiro, Sharjah, and Leipzig.
Our global approach goes beyond the geographical level, however. Most of the publishers and agents whose rights we represent are based outside of the United States, with a focus on France and the Netherlands. We have a considerable amount of deals with publishers in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, for titles originally written -besides French and Dutch- in Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, German, and English. Our successes include The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old, originally published in Dutch by Meulenhoff. At the time of writing (August 2017), we have sold rights to 35 territories, mostly at auction or in pre-empts, including the UK (Michael Joseph), the US (Grand Central) and most recently Macedonia and Japan.
Another great success is Riad Sattouf’s award-winning graphic memoir The Arab of the Future, originally published in French by Allary Editions. It has now sold to 20 territories, again mostly at auction or in pre-empts, including the US (Metropolitan), the UK (Two Roads-Hodder) and most recently the Czech Republic.
Starting spring 2017, we are excited to add another activity to our roster: Atlas Entertainment (Wonder Woman, Suicide Squad, Justice League, American Hustle) hired 2 Seas as their exclusive film and television scout for books from outside the US and the UK. Not only do we make books travel from one country to the other, but also from one medium (print) to another (the screen)!
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