A M Heath to represent independent authors

The Alliance of Independent Authors has enlisted the help of agency A M Heath to represent writers looking for their work to be translated.

The association for self-published authors has secured the services of A M Heath's rights director Jennifer Custer to represent writers who have books suitable for international markets.

Orna Ross, the founder of the AIA, said it was the first time such an agreement had been made between a literary agency and self-publishers' group.

She said: "We're very pleased to be bringing an international rights service to our members.

"It is almost impossible for an indie author to handle their own translation rights but now all our members' books will be read and assessed for international rights potential."

Custer said: "There's no question that we're on the brink of major changes in our industry. As the self-publishing revolution has hit the industry and is gaining momentum, I think there is a real opportunity to engage with authors who have gone the non-traditional route."

A M Heath currently represent established authors such as Hilary Mantel and Conn Iggulden, who are sold in more than 30 languages around the world.