Foreign Rights Representation

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.

Take a moment to browse through our online catalog for an overview of the titles we represent. Our latest foreign rights deals page shows you which titles we recently sold.

2 Seas Agency: A Global Approach

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.

Millie the office cat in awe at all of Hendrik Groen’s foreign editions that have been published.

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.

Read more about our beliefs and why international publishing professionals love working with us.

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Marleen and Chrys at the 2016 Frankfurt Book Fair

Marleen at the 2011 Beijing International Book Fair

With Dutch publishers Jacqueline Smit (m) and Nelleke Geel (r) in Amsterdam, October 2015