View Full Version : I want a US agent to publish my spanish written book

07-22-2011, 12:34 PM
Either by a translation mean or in its original language. Do you know any agent who does this??

Cliff Face
07-22-2011, 01:24 PM
Well, technically, agents don't publish anything. But they do submit to hard-to-reach publishers, which is what I assume you meant. :)

I don't know a lot about US publishers, but I'm guessing you might need to secure a translation before you can be published over there.

I'd also assume that you would need to have been published already in Spanish, for a US publisher to consider this. If you haven't been published in Spanish already, you'll probably need someone to translate it before you can submit anywhere.

Just my first thoughts. :)

Cliff Face
07-22-2011, 01:27 PM
Oh, and a US publisher publishing it in Spanish might be a tough call to order.

I'm not knowledgeable about the marketplace over in the US, but at a guess I'd say 95% or more of US publishers only publish in English. (That's pretty much how it works in Australia, if bookstores are anything to go by...)

Don't quote me on that - it's just a guess. But I imagine not too many of them would publish in another language, especially if it's an original publication, and isn't being based on previous success. The exception to the rule would probably be "Learn To Speak X" type books, where there's an English translation of the foreign language with the purposes of learning to speak a new language.

Anyway, good luck. Hopefully someone else can come along and offer up more information than I've got.


07-22-2011, 04:12 PM
Cliff has already said it, there's a difference between an agent and a publisher. What I'm wondering is why do you want a US publisher to pick up a book in spanish? It's difficult as it is to get them them to pick up a book in english.

07-22-2011, 04:52 PM
Here's a thought. With the Latino population now so large in the USA you might find an agent that will sell this to a Latino publisher. When doing your research you might try to find something on that order, then you will not need it translated.

07-23-2011, 12:51 AM
Yeah i think i gave you too few info. The book's a novel, and yes I mean that the agent get a publishing house (indirectly publish it :)) I already went to an editor and he fixed all content, cover, isbn, everything's done but I want more reach, not only the 200 copies i printed, and I don't trust mexican publishing houses. I heard most steal from the author.

07-23-2011, 01:02 AM
If you already have copies of your book then you already have published it.....self published. I don't understand....you want a distributor, not an agent.

You can not sell your book to a new publisher as you have used the first rights. Most publishers will not want it now. Agents sell to publishers.....I don't understand why you now need an agent. I think you may have gotten the horse before the cart.

You are wanting a way to get rid of your 200 books. A way to market them. That is a whole different ball of wax. I feel you have some of your ideas about publishing a little mixed up...or maybe I am not understanding what you are wanting. Sorry.

07-23-2011, 01:35 AM
I agree with Wendy. Maybe take a look at the various stickies and threads in the Publishing sections of AW?

07-28-2011, 06:19 AM
No, no look... This 200 books I can handle the sales myself, but I find it easier to get a publisher altogether, than getting a distributor and printing my own books again and risking loss of money. I have so few knowledge of the writing industry I think it's easier for a big publisher to manage this for me. I don't have the time and money to print up a thousand books and ship them all over and sell them, etc.

07-28-2011, 08:26 AM
You've asked this question in three different places. One spot is fine.

Long and short: you've self-published your novel in Spanish already, have 200 copies you can handle yourself, but would like a publisher to handle the printing and selling of an unknown quantity of books.

Issue at hand: you've given the definition of a distributor by saying you want someone else to handle printing and shipping so you can reach more people.

Would I be correct in assuming you want to get into book stores, supermarkets, on Amazon?

If I am, that's distribution work.

07-28-2011, 09:32 AM
Yes, I want my book to be on book stores, supermarkets and Amazon. I guess publishing houses aren't the right choice? What do I do, then?

07-28-2011, 09:39 AM
You have to actually do your homework. Research which agents handle books like yours, write queries, compete with everyone else writing queries for their novels, land an agent, who will find a publisher for you, and you'll have to do it the hard way -- just like everyone else looking for an agent and a publisher.

You're not going to get major distribution into bookstores and supermarkets without a publisher.

Anne Lyle
07-28-2011, 10:03 AM
Yes, I want my book to be on book stores, supermarkets and Amazon. I guess publishing houses aren't the right choice? What do I do, then?

Publishing houses are the only way into that distribution chain. Sorry, but that's just the way it is.

So, you will have to go the standard route of finding an agent first. Since you have self-published in Spanish already, you may find this difficult for this particular book. Read the sticky threads here on AW and learn how the process works before deciding if it's the right route for you. It's a lot of hard work and demands very high writing/storytelling skills.

08-08-2011, 11:24 PM
A little off topic,
My pipe dream is to be published in the US.
Since i live in Finland and write better in finnish than english, is there any sense in writing my novel in finnish and translate it/ have it translated to english? OR should i write directly in english, knowing that im not as confident in expressing myself?

edit. can publishers look aside from minor language issues and have it edited/corrected if the book is otherwise marketable?

08-09-2011, 12:26 AM
I don't have any experience to answer that, but my guess is that a good story is a good story, no matter which language it's written.

Do you have any idea what the market is like in Finland?

I write in ESL, but I do it because that's what's most comfortable to me, not because of the market. I have no idea what it takes to get published in my own country.

Anyway, welcome to AW. :welcome: Hope you enjoy the forums. :)

08-09-2011, 12:56 PM
The market in Finland is really small ( 5 mill. people in the country), and its mostly the couple old names who publish their 29th detective book or something.

Finnish people dont like changes :D

thanks for the reply saraP !

09-07-2011, 06:14 PM
This agent may be useful to the OP, she handles Spanish language fiction

09-07-2011, 07:10 PM
If you have an ISBN and so on already then you might be able to get listed at Amazon and other places in the version you have now. Go the self published ebook route or get into a POD set up like Lightening Source who will allow people to order your books where ever they are in the world.

BTW, have you not considered maybe a Spainish publishing house for this?