The Brazilian Publishing Industry during These Challenging Times (Podcast #9)

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The Brazilian Publishing Industry during These Challenging Times (Podcast #9)

Episode #9 – Luciana Villas-Boas & Anna Luiza Cardoso Talk about Brazil’s Publishing Industry, and Life, during these Challenging Times

By Marleen Seegers, Co-Founder of 2 Seas Agency and Host of The Make Books Travel Podcast

June 8, 2020

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Luciana Villas-Boas (with Nelson) © Aline Ferreira

On episode 9 I’m talking to not one but two guests: Luciana Villas-Boas and Anna Luiza Cardoso from the Villas-Boas & Moss Literary Agency & Consultancy in Brazil.

Luciana Villas-Boas founded her literary agency in 2012, just one year after 2 Seas Agency was launched. Yet we knew each other from before, when I was working in French publishing and Luciana was editorial director at Editora Record.

I have the feeling that our agencies somehow grew up together, and we started working together right away: Villas-Boas & Moss represents our catalog into Brazil, and 2 Seas Agency represents VBM’s catalog in the English language, the Netherlands and Scandinavia.

I really appreciated the fact that they took the time to provide some insights into the current situation in Brazil. The news that has been reaching us recently in terms of the Covid-19 pandemic as well as the general economical and political state of the country are quite worrisome, to say the least.

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Anna-Luiza Cardoso © Miguel Sader

This of course has a big impact on the publishing industry.

Here are some of the questions I asked Luciana and Anna-Luiza:

  • What is the situation in Brazil currently, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • Since when have physical bookstores been closed?
  • What was the state of the Brazilian publishing market before the start of the pandemic?
  • Has the Brazilian publishing world been on a standstill since the country was hit by Covid-19?
  • What has happened since the start of the pandemic in terms of book sales?
  • Is there a higher demand for ebooks and digital audiobooks?
  • Is there some sort of government aid for publishing houses and authors to help them through this crisis?
  • According to you, what will be the mid to long-term consequences for the Brazilian book market?
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