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The Rights Factory
News, stories and insider accounts from the perspective of literary agents, writers and publishers about books, literature and culture.
Dec 14, 2021
Agent Provocateur S2 Ep 02: Frankfurt Book Fair Redux, On Receiving Passes from Editors, and Bad Art Friend
*This week we fondly look back at Frankfurt 2021 with special guest, literary agent, and host of the Make Books Travel podcast, Marleen Seegers; an opinion piece by TRF agent Kathryn Willms on receiving passes; and our first in-house panel discussion on the Bad Art Friend drama, made famous by Robert Kolker in the NYT magazine, featuring editor Diane Terrana, agent Natalie Kimber, brand manager Anne Sampson, and moderated by Kathryn Willms. *
Dec 7, 2021
Agent Provocateur S2 Ep 01: On the American DOJ Vs. The Proposed PRH and S&S Merger
We launch Season 2 with a panel discussion of the US Department of Justice bid to block the proposed merger of Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster. Elaine Dewar (author of The Handover: How Bigwigs and Bureaucrats Transferred Canada’s Best Publisher and the Best Part of Our Literary Heritage to a Foreign Multinational), and Jonathan Tepper (author of The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition, with Denise Hearn), discussing the DOJ's bid to stop a merger that would change the landscape of publishing.
Sep 7, 2021
Agent Provocateur Ep 06: On Harry & Meghan's Book Deal and Dangerous Ideas in Non-Fiction
This week we discuss Harry and Meghan's book deal and the trials and tribulations in writing narrative non-fiction. TRF's royal watchers, Brand Manager Anne Sampson and agent Kathryn Willms discuss Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, while our panel discussion features non-fiction writers Timothy Christian (author of the forthcoming Hemingway's Widow), Elaine Dewar (author of the just-released On the Origin of Deadliest Pandemic in 100 Years: An Investigation), and Jonathan Tepper (author of The Myth of Capitalism with Denise Hearn), discussing the art of narrative non-fiction.
Aug 31, 2021
Agent Provocateur Ep 05: On Men in Publishing, Books for Boys, and Pitching via Comps
This week we discuss the gender imbalance in publishing (good thing? bad thing?) and pitching via comps (where audacity is not just allowed, but encouraged). Our panel discussion features actor, writer, and screenwriter, Barbara Radecki, our executive editor Diane Terrana, and the publisher of Cormorant Books, Marc Côté. After the panel, new agent Kathryn Willms shares her thoughts on pitching editors via comps.
Aug 24, 2021
Agent Provocateur Ep 04: On the Rise and Rise of Graphic Novels, Risque YA, and Awesome Wine/Book Pairings
*This week we discuss the rise of graphic novels in North America, Risque YA and we pair books and wines. Our panel discussion features writer, filmmaker and graphic novel creator, Ho Che Anderson and Senior News Editor of Publishers Weekly, Editor of PW Comics World, Cohost of the More to Come Podcast and editor of The Fanatic, Calvin Reid. Diane Terrana weighs in on how far is too far with YA, and Sam Hiyate and Natalie MacLean, the author of two bestselling books and the host of the podcast Unreserved Wine Talk pair CanLit classics with wines.*
Aug 17, 2021
Agent Provocateur Ep 03: On Transparency in Publishing, Fiction vs Memoir, and Britney and Books
*This week we discuss transparency in publishing, fiction vs memoir and Britney Spears' publishing history. Our panel discussion features author, founder and publisher of Sutherland House, Ken Whyte; Co-Publisher and editor of ECW Press, Jack David; and The Rights Factory’s own Executive Editor Diane Terrana. Diane also weighs in on the line between fiction and memoir and TRF agent Kathryn Willms gives us an oral history of Britney and books.*
Aug 10, 2021
Agent Provocateur Ep 02: On Book Clubs, Reading Lists, and Obama
*This week we discuss the phenomenon of celebrity book clubs and break down Obama’s new summer reading list. Featuring panel discussions with author and book publicist Nathaniel Moore; VP of Operations for Dundurn Press, Chris Houston; and The Rights Factory’s own Executive Editor Diane Terrana, and agents Stacey Kondla and Kathryn Willms.*
Jul 31, 2021
Agent Provocateur Ep 01: On BookTok, COVID and Virtual Book Fairs
In this episode we take a look at BookTok, we have an editorial on plagues and content, and we have an update on the rights situation in the recent Bologna and London Book Fairs, which were virtual this year.