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Ooh La La! French Publisher wants to translate/publish my book!
« on: December 05, 2012, 01:12:41 PM »
As if working with people who speak my OWN language isn't tough enough in this industry, how does one go about this???

I am meeting with this publisher in Paris in a few weeks but I am clueless as to how the legalities of this plays out. I'm an American author with a french book in France through a completely separate publisher although I have always owned the rights.

Anyone? Any experience with something like this? Even slightly?

It's not a done deal yet, not fait accompli - but I'd like to be as prepared as possible.

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Re: Ooh La La! French Publisher wants to translate/publish my book!
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2012, 02:12:38 PM »
Congratulations!  Tres Magnifique!  A can-can to celebrate!   

:d3::d3::d3:

Study up on foreign language rights, since that's what you'll be selling.

You might want to speak with a lawyer before during and after your trip.  Look up "volunteer lawyers for the arts" in your city to see if you can have a chat.

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Re: Ooh La La! French Publisher wants to translate/publish my book!
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2012, 02:24:36 PM »
(And since you read my book, you already know: if they take you out partying, don't let them trick you into signing anything until you're sober.)

They can pelt me with croissants and baguettes! I'll not yield. Well...maybe a little... :wink:

Great advice! Merci beaucoups!

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Re: Ooh La La! French Publisher wants to translate/publish my book!
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2012, 02:47:43 PM »
If they pelt you with baguettes and croissants--bag them up and send them to me!

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Re: Ooh La La! French Publisher wants to translate/publish my book!
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2012, 01:03:11 AM »
Congrats, EA!!!  :clap: :clap: :clap:

I would meet them, charm the socks of of them (easy  :wink:), and then get the contract. Once you do, find a lawyer who can translate, or better, ask if they have a contract in English.

Darn, we just missed each other. We left Paris several weeks ago--now *that* would've been fun!

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Re: Ooh La La! French Publisher wants to translate/publish my book!
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2012, 06:49:39 AM »
"Darn, we just missed each other. We left Paris several weeks ago--now *that* would've been fun!"

Can you imagine?  :wine:

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Re: Ooh La La! French Publisher wants to translate/publish my book!
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2012, 07:59:43 PM »
Can you imagine?  :wine:

Yes, and I like it!  ;D