The Make Books Travel Podcast

The Make Books Travel Podcast

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Take a peek behind the scenes of the international publishing industry with literary agent Marleen Seegers. This podcast features interviews with professionals from around the world whose job it is to make books travel, for instance from one language to another, from manuscript to published book, or from page to screen.


#21 - How Publishing Trends Are Influenced by Historical Context: A Conversation with Daniel Bunyard
Sep 11 • 59 min
Welcome to episode #21 of the Make Books Travel podcast. Today’s guest is Daniel Bunyard, Publishing Director and Head of Non-Fiction Publishing at Penguin Michael Joseph in the UK. Dan has been looking in detail at historical sales of books, in an effort…
#20 - Translating from French to English: Its Challenges and Rewards, with Eve Bodeux
Sep 8 • 44 min
Today I’m speaking with French-to-English translator Eve Bodeux. As a translator, Eve is someone who literally makes books travel. We discuss many things on this 20th episode of the Make Books Travel Podcast, including her professional journey, the…
#19 - The Lisbon Book Fair: A Breath of Fresh Air for the Portuguese Publishing Industry. An Interview with Rita Fazenda
Aug 29 • 38 min
For today’s show we’re going back overseas (at least from an American standpoint) as I’m speaking with Rita Fazenda from Portugal. Rita works as a publisher at one of Portugal’s major publishing houses called Leya Portugal. The Portuguese publishing…
#18 - Always Be Learning: Author & Writing Coach Becca Puglisi Shares Tips for Aspiring Writers
Aug 24 • 42 min
On this episode of the Make Books Travel podcast I’m speaking with Becca Puglisi. Becca is an international speaker, writing coach, and bestselling author of The Emotion Thesaurus and other books for writers. Not only does Becca help make books travel in…
#17 - How a Bestselling Author Became a Successful Publisher: an Interview with Rohit Bhargava
Aug 14 • 33 min
Today’s podcast guest is Rohit Bhargava. Not only is Rohit a #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author, a much-demanded speaker worldwide on disruption, trends and marketing, and an adjunct professor of marketing and storytelling at Georgetown University,…
#16 - How the Dutch Foundation for Literature Helps Foreign Publishers during the Pandemic (and beyond): an Interview with Barbara den Ouden
Aug 3 • 34 min
Today I’m speaking with Barbara den Ouden of the Dutch Foundation for Literature. Anyone who has traveled to an international book fair is bound to have run into Barbara, who I believe to be something like a fixture at such events! The Dutch Foundation…
#15 - All Things Audio: the Audiobook Production Process, the Industry’s Explosive Growth, and Working with the German Voice of Brad Pitt. An Interview with Deyan Audio’s Jamie Dupras
Jul 28 • 66 min
On episode 15 I’m speaking with Jamie Dupras, General Manager of Los Angeles-based Deyan Audio. Deyan Audio is the largest independent producer of audiobooks and has won multiple awards for their productions. I was eager to learn more about the actual…
#14 - Talking Movie, TV and Podcast Adaptations with Maylis Vauterin
Jul 11 • 46 min
Today I’m speaking with Maÿlis Vauterin, Rights Director at Editions Stock in France. I’ve previously interviewed various rights sellers about one specific type of subsidiary rights sales: the sale of translation rights. This means that a book is…
#13 - Championing European Literature in English Translation: an Interview with Trafika Europe’s Andrew Singer
Jul 3 • 45 min
The 13th episode of the Make Books Travel Podcast welcomes Andrew Singer, Director of the literary journal Trafika Europe and of the literary radio station Trafika Europe Radio. This is the first time that the podcast features an interview with someone…
#12 - “Think Outside the Book”: an Interview with Quebec Publisher Antoine Tanguay
Jun 28 • 58 min
On episode 12 of the Make Books Travel podcast I’m talking to Antoine Tanguay, who founded the Quebec publishing house Editions Alto in 2005. When I asked Antoine if there were any specific topics he wanted to discuss on the podcast, he mentioned that for…
#11 - The Italian Publishing Scene Before, During and After the Covid-19 Lockdown: an Interview with Chiara Scaglioni
Jun 22 • 33 min
Welcome to episode 11 of the Make Books Travel podcast. Today’s guest is Chiara Scaglioni, editor of international fiction at Mondadori in Italy. Chiara and I met a couple of times at various book fairs last few years, and had in fact scheduled to meet at…
#10 - A Close Look at the Global Children’s Book Industry with Stephanie Barrouillet
Jun 14 • 46 min
On today’s show I am talking to Stephanie Barrouillet, founder of SB Rights Agency in Tel Aviv that represents foreign rights in children’s books around the world. The 10-hour time difference between California and Israel didn’t stop us from having a…
#9 - “Readiness Is All”: Luciana Villas-Boas & Anna Luiza Cardoso Talk about Brazil’s Publishing Industry, and Life, during these Challenging Times
Jun 8 • 63 min
For this episode I am 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…
#8 - Current French Publishing Industry Challenges Seen from an Indie Point of View: an Interview with Florent Massot
May 26 • 48 min
Today I am talking to Florent Massot, who founded the independent French publishing house Massot Editions in 2017. This isn’t Florent’s first publishing venture however, as he has been publishing books for over 35 years. I wanted to sit down with him and…
#7 - “You Don’t Have to Be A Comics Reader to Read Comics”: an Interview with Amber Garza
May 21 • 77 min
Joining me today from Los Angeles is Amber Garza, Director of International Licensing at Sequential Rights. Amber sells translation rights in English language comic books, a genre - or rather, as Amber rightfully points out during the episode - a medium…
#6 - The Chinese Publishing Industry Emerging from Covid-19 Lockdown: an Interview with Gloria Masdeu
May 16 • 33 min
After having interviewed publishing professionals from Mexico, Spain and Germany and heard about their experiences connected to the Covid-19 pandemic, I now wanted to focus on a country in Asia. I’m truly delighted to be joined today by Gloria Masdeu, who…
#5 - How the German Book Market Is Coping with Covid-19: A Discussion with Elisa Diallo
May 10 • 35 min
For this episode, I’m talking to Elisa Diallo who recently joined the independent German publishing house Schöffling as their foreign rights manager. Elisa and I met quite a few years ago at the London Book Fair, I believe. However, like with Wendolín…
#4 - Marina Penalva on Spain’s Strict Covid-19 Lockdown and the Impact on Its Publishing Industry
May 1 • 45 min
On episode 4 of The Make Books Travel podcast, I’m joined by Marina Penalva, an agent at the Barcelona-based Casanovas & Lynch Literary Agency. Marina and I have known each other for many years — in fact we couldn’t even remember when it was exactly that…
#3 - Wendolín Perla, or What It’s Like to Start Your Own Publishing House One Month before the Start of a Pandemic
Apr 25 • 53 min
On episode 3 of The Make Books Travel podcast I got together, virtually speaking, with Wendolín Perla, founder of Perla Ediciones in Mexico City. Not only was I interested in hearing about the state of the Mexican publishing scene in light of the current…
#2 - An Introduction to 2 Seas Agency’s Virtual Office Tools
Apr 19 • 20 min
As discussed in the previous episode, a virtual office set-up enables 2 Seas Agency to maintain business as usual during the current COVID-19 lockdown, and also during our frequent international travels during normal, non-pandemic times. How do we manage…
#1 - The Virtual Literary Agency, an Interview with Chrysothemis Armefti
Apr 16 • 33 min
Welcome to the very first episode of the Make Books Travel podcast. I’d been playing with the idea of starting a podcast for a while. Then COVID-19 happened. I had to cut a 5-week business trip to Europe short after only 1 week of meetings, and returned…