Foreign Rights

Foreign Rights

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With more than 60 years of combined experience in the trade, Trident Media Group’s Foreign Rights Department routinely leads the industry in sales of both fiction and nonfiction abroad.  In the major international markets we work directly with publishers to develop strong relationships not only between agent and publisher, but between editor and author. In specialist markets we work with a select group of partners who have proven to be invaluable to our expansion of these international relationships. To further solidify our presence, Robert Gottlieb leads our entire team and others in the agency to the major book fairs in London and Frankfurt each year and our expert in Children’s books attends the annual Bologna book fair. This industry is about people; these are ours:

Dorothy Vincent, the Director of Foreign Rights at TMG, started in publishing as an assistant in a scouting department, but quickly realized her passion lies in foreign rights licensing. “There is little more satisfying,” she says, “than introducing an author to a new market and finding an eager audience.” She joined TMG with a determination to build on its formidable foreign rights history with an eye toward innovative marketing and author participation. “Publisher, agent, and author all have the same goal: to reach the broadest possible audience while finding profit in the endeavor.” Yet, the agent also has the added responsibility of looking after the author’s interests, a duty that does not come lightly. A graduate of New York University, she has studied French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Martin Rouse, Foreign Rights Manager, came to TMG after also first experiencing the industry as an international book scout.  In his tenure at Trident he has been the point person for specialist markets and for realizing opportunities with backlist and self-published properties. He also spearheaded our targeted outreach to an increasingly profitable market: Poland. “Being a rare American agent to travel to Poland specifically to meet and learn about the publishers face to face has given Trident an edge over other agencies,” he says. “We’re not just another name in an email, and our clients have seen the direct benefit of that personal knowledge and skill.” His current brief has him working to expand the agency’s reach for mainstream fiction and non-fiction in major markets, while augmenting his role with Polish publishers. Martin attended Oberlin College in the U.S. and Doshisha University in Japan, and speaks Japanese.

Adrienne Santamaria joined Trident Media Group in 2017 and has quickly risen to Foreign Rights Agent, representing commercial fiction and non-fiction in major markets. In addition, as our dedicated specialist for Children’s and YA titles, she attends the Bologna Book fair each spring to support and expand our reach with children’s book publishers. “The Trident difference is that we give our clients the same level of support and attention in foreign markets that they receive here in the U.S. It’s not just about placing books with the best possible publishers–we remain an active partner throughout the entire publication process from promotion, to release, and beyond. Often an author’s career can take different forms from market to market, and we always strive to take a tailored approach.” A graduate of New York’s New School, Adrienne joined us after a stint at Parragon Books as an editorial assistant. She speaks Mandarin and Tagalog.

The newest member of our team, Jennifer Helinek, graduated from Williams College and went on to teach English in Russia and the Czech Republic before setting her sights to publishing. She has succeeded Adrienne in the role of liaison to our international partners in specialist markets.  She is also in charge of our extensive list of self-published books and of realizing potential for authors’ backlist books that were previously published. Jennifer notes that one of the strengths of the department is our collaborative efforts toward the common goal of our authors’ success. “We are an integrated, dynamic team within a world class agency, eager to find new opportunities and rise to market challenges.”  She has studied Spanish, Czech, and Russian.

TMG’s foreign rights department is a dedicated team of professionals with extraordinary international reach and contacts who are determined to find and travel the right paths with our authors around the world.