Lisette Verhagen joined PFD from David Godwin Associates, where she has been Head of Rights for the past five years. In her new role she is actively building a list with a strong focus on foreign-language clients for sale both to the UK and around the world. She is also working with International Rights Director, Rebecca Wearmouth, and the foreign rights team selling rights to China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the Netherlands.
What I'm looking for...
I’m especially looking for sweeping stories big in scope, strong narrative and original voices that need to be shared with the rest of the world. Although I’m open to all genres, I’m keeping a close eye on non-fiction written by international experts, narrative non-fiction, nature writing and popular science. I especially have a weak spot for gripping immigrant novels that tell us something about ourselves and the world we live in. Submissions can be written in any language, as long as they have high potential to travel and are submitted with an extensive synopsis and author’s biography in English. Making foreign books travel has always been a dream to me, and I’m very excited to see that there is a growing interest in foreign authors from publishers all over the world.
Lisette is also Head of Rights for David Godwin Associates.