14 Jun A Close Look at the Global Children’s Publishing Industry (Podcast #10)
Episode #10 – A Close Look at the Global Children’s Publishing Industry with Stephanie Barrouillet
By Marleen Seegers, Co-Founder of 2 Seas Agency and Host of The Make Books Travel Podcast
June 14, 2020
Welcome to the tenth episode of the Make Books Travel podcast!
On today’s show I am talking to Stephanie Barrouillet, founder of SB Rights Agency in Tel Aviv which represents foreign rights in children’s books around the world.
As we were talking, I realized Stephanie and I have a lot in common. We both live in a country we weren’t born in: Stephanie was born in France, and I’m originally from the Netherlands. We started our publishing career in yet another country: Stephanie in the UK, and I started out in France. We both founded our own agencies within a few years’ interval. Lastly, probably because of our international journeys, our agencies don’t focus on the representation of books from one specific language or country but rather, represent authors and books written in many different languages.
The 10-hour time difference between California and Israel didn’t stop us from having a great conversation about children’s book publishing, which I’m personally less familiar with as 2 Seas Agency focuses on adult fiction and non-fiction.
Here are some of the questions I asked Stephanie:
- What is the situation in Israel at the moment, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic?
- How has the Israeli publishing industry coped with the impact of the pandemic?
- Which are the top 3 countries you sell into, in terms of the number of titles?
- Which territory has been particularly challenging for you?
- Which book fairs do you normally attend, in non-pandemic times, and which ones are important in particular for the children’s publishing industry?
- What are the emerging trends in children’s publishing?
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