The Place of Literary Agents in France. An Interview with Sophie Langlais (S3 E7)

The Place of Literary Agents in France. An Interview with Sophie Langlais (S3 E7)

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

July 4, 2022

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It’s been a while since I recorded and published the previous episode. Landing back on my feet after my 5-week trip to Europe around the London Book Fair was a bit more challenging this time, due to some lingering fatigue after I caught Covid at the fair, like many others. Luckily that’s all behind me now!

Today I’m speaking with Sophie Langlais, literary agent at #BAM – Books and More Agency in Paris. We discussed many topics, including the rise of literary agents in France, where the publishing landscape was pretty reluctant to embrace this role for a long time, bringing new translations of classics to the market, and the upcoming book fair season.

Here are some of the questions I asked Sophie:

  • Was becoming a literary agent something that you’ve always aspired to?
  • Were you already involved in the editorial department at Les Arènes/L’Iconoclaste, working closely with authors?
  • How do you find the authors that you want to represent?
  • Can you tell us a bit about the current French book market?
  • What is selling well & what isn’t?
  • Is audio growing as much in France as it is elsewhere?
  • What is your favorite book fair, and why?

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Show Notes

Sophie’s book recommendations:

About Sophie:

Sophie Langlais was born in 1982 and has been reading a lot ever since. After working for two years in London at the French Book Office, she joined the foreign rights department at Gallimard; then the two independent publishing houses Les Arènes and l’Iconoclaste, where she sold rights (for Adeline Dieudonné’s La vraie vie, for instance) and acquired books (such as M by Antonio Scurati). She is now a literary agent at #BAM in France, with partner Marie Lannurien.

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