The Alliance of Independent Authors (AIA) has signed a deal with agency A.M. Heath to help independent authors who are looking to have their work translated. It’s believed to be the first time that such an agreement has been reached between a self-publishers’ group and a literary agent.
As ebooks become increasingly popular in different territories, many self-published authors have become interested in the possibility of getting their work translated. But there are significant hurdles, including cost and the difficulty of finding reliable translators. It’s these problems that the AIA deal with A.M. Heath aims to resolve.
The opportunity appears to be for AIA members only and allows them to submit their manuscripts for consideration. It’s not immediately clear what the terms of any agreement might be, but A.M. Heath is a leading agency that represents authors such as Hilary Mantel and Conn Iggulden. In a blog post, the AIA suggests that it’s also working on a similar deal regarding film and TV rights.