My Job In 5... Ola Gotkowska, Rights manager, Nosy Crow

My Job In 5... Ola Gotkowska, Rights manager, Nosy Crow

Describe your role

I sell translation rights in the entire Nosy Crow print list, from novelty and picture books to fiction for 9-12-year-olds. With a handful of exceptions, we only publish titles which we can acquire world rights for, so that’s a lot of different books to sell to a lot of different territories! This year alone, our fifth year of publishing, we’ll publish 78 new titles. I work closely with hundreds of international publishers throughout the year, travel to the major book fairs and do some international travel in between.

What do you like best about your role?

I feel lucky that I work with an enthusiastic, driven team of colleagues and to be a part of a growing, innovative company. It’s great to feel you’re a part of something new and exciting! I also love selling to new territories: we have now sold our titles in 28 languages. Receiving the translated copies is hugely satisfying.

Which great new titles are you working on at the moment?

We’ve recently acquired a novel from an exciting new author, David Solomons, called My Brother is a Superhero, which we’ve already sold to the US, Germany, France, Holland, Denmark, Portugal and Spain. We also continue to work with Axel Scheffler on a hilarious novelty series, Flip Flap books: we’ve already published Flip Flap Farm and Safari and we are now working on Jungle. These books are always a joy to show at fairs.

Where is good for rights at the moment?

We continue to sell almost all of our four colour titles to the US, and plenty to Germany and france, but in the past year or so we’ve also been successful in making strong relationships with Portuguese, Polish and Chinese publishers. Given the strength of the US dollar relative to the euro, we are particularly keen to sell to countries that will pay us in dollars!

What advice would you give to those looking to work in the industry?

Research the industry and the different roles before you start applying. Rights is a good example of a really interesting area of the business that not everyone knows about. We wrote a blog post with more advice for jobseekers – search “how to apply for a job in publishing” on the Nosy Crow website.