Q+A with Nosy Crow's Kate Wilson

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Q&A With Nosy Crow's Kate Wilson
Kate Wilson is the managing director and founder of Nosy Crow, a small-ish, London-based, multi-award-winning independent publisher of books, e-books and apps for children up to age 12.
Q. What are the difficulties of translating a book and selling it in a completely different market?
A. Well, the most important thing to say is that we don’t translate the book ourselves. We sell the rights to a publisher from the relevant country, and they find a translator. Other publishers—Usborne, for example—do publish in multiple languages, but you’d have to ask them what the challenges are. As for the challenges of selling, you are selling into markets that have very specific, and different, cultures, senses of humor, aesthetic preferences, school systems, etc., and you are selling to publishers who are trying to distinguish themselves from their competitors by choosing to publish particular things. One publishing company’s editorial taste may be completely different from someone else’s. More...
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