U.S. Editors Survey the German Publishing Scene


U.S. Editors Survey the German Publishing Scene.

While U.S. publishing houses sell a great deal of books to foreign countries, making many American books international bestsellers, the U.S. buys in very few. In fact, the percentage of published translations is extremely low, around just three percent. The German Book Office in New York City, in association with the German foreign offices and the Frankfurt Book Fair, is trying to change that, and last month brought seven children’s book editors to Germany for six days to view the German publishing landscape

For Poole, the trip raised awareness of how to go about buying a title in translation, and solidified relationships with foreign publishers. “Now they know who I am and they aren’t sending me just anything,” she says, “but rather things that are tailored to what my company does.”