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The Make Books Travel Podcast

41 EpisodesProduced by Marleen SeegersWebsite

The Make Books Travel podcast offers a behind-the-scenes look at the international publishing scene. Literary agent Marleen Seegers interviews the industry's key players, who all have one thing in common: they make books travel, for instance from one language to another, from manuscript to published… read more

41 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

S2 E20: An Interview with Astra Magazine's Editor-in-Chief Nadja Spiegelman

September 14th, 2021


Welcome to another episode of the Make Books Travel podcast! I’m happy to be back after having taken some time off this summer.

I’m preparing a trip to Europe (I still can’t believe I’m saying this!), we just sent our …

S2 E19: Marie Vinter on Danish Publishing & Starting Vinter Forlag

August 4th, 2021


Today I’m excited to welcome my first guest from Scandinavia: Danish publisher Marie Vinter. Marie is founder and publisher of Vinter Forlag, which she started last fall.

Among the different Scandinavian markets, the …

S2 E18: A Deep Dive into the Audiobook Market with Lance Fitzgerald

July 16th, 2021


Welcome to a new episode of the Make Books Travel podcast, on which I’m speaking to Lance Fitzgerald, VP, Content and Business Development for Penguin Random House Audio.

On season 1 episode 15, I interviewed Jamie …

S2 E17: Prashant Pathak on Weathering the Pandemic in India and Publishers Without Borders

July 5th, 2021


Welcome to a new episode of the Make Books Travel podcast!

Today I’m excited to speak with Prashant Pathak, who joins us from just outside of New Delhi in India.

Prashant gives us insights into the current situation of …

S2 E16: Natalia Poleva on the Current State of the Russian Publishing Market

June 21st, 2021


Welcome to another episode of the Make Books Travel podcast. 

This time we’re traveling all the way to Moscow, Russia to speak with Natalia Poleva.

S2 E15: Sherif Bakr Discusses the Latest Developments in the Egyptian Publishing Industry

June 7th, 2021


Welcome to another episode of The Make Books Travel podcast!

Today I have the pleasure of speaking with Sherif Bakr, General Manager of the Egyptian publishing house Al Arabi. To say Sherif is well-travelled is quite an …

S2 E14: Challenging the Amazon Empire: Founder & CEO Andy Hunter

May 23rd, 2021


Today’s guest is Andy Hunter, Founder and CEO of

Often referred to as the indie alternative to, proposes a socially conscious way to buy books online. On the day our interview was …

S2 E13: Being an Acquisitions Editor in the Educational Publishing Market: A Conversation with Allison Scott

May 16th, 2021


Today’s guest is Allison Scott, who works as Senior Acquisitions Editor in the book publishing arm of ASCD, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit …

S2 E12: An Interview with Deborah Kaufmann, VP of Literary Affairs at Legendary Entertainment

May 1st, 2021


Today's guest is Deborah Kaufmann, VP of Literary Affairs at Legendary Entertainment.

Translated into lay, non-Hollywood terms, this means that …

S2 E11: Promoting French Publishing Abroad during the Ongoing Pandemic. An Interview with Nicolas Roche

April 1st, 2021


On this episode I’m joined by Nicolas Roche. 

Nicolas and I were colleagues for a short while, in another lifetime it seems, at Editions Stock. I am …

S2 E10: Gunnar Cynybulk Discusses Founding His Independent Publishing House (during a Pandemic)

March 20th, 2021


Today’s guest is Gunnar Cynybulk, who recently founded his own independent publishing house in Germany called Kanon Verlag.

Gunnar’s publishing …

S2 E9: The Infamous "Three Percent" - An Interview with Chad Post

March 16th, 2021


Welcome to a new episode of the Make Books Travel Podcast!

Joining me today is Chad Post, publisher of Open Letter Books at the University of Rochester in upstate New York, which is dedicated to publishing contemporary …

S2 E8: Literary Scouting: John Bowers Lifts a Tip of the Veil

February 20th, 2021


Welcome to season 2, episode 8! 

After having spoken with editors, agents, translators, and people who work for cultural and governmental …

S2 E7: A Close Look at the Central & Eastern European Publishing Markets with Livia Stoia

January 30th, 2021


On this podcast episode, I am speaking with Livia Stoia, founder of the Livia Stoia Literary Agency

Based in Bucharest, Romania, Livia and her team represent international publishers and agents into many Central and …

S2 E6: The Resilience of the Greek Publishing Market. An Interview with Evangelia Avloniti

January 23rd, 2021


Today’s guest is Evangelia Avloniti, founder of Ersilia Literary Agency. Her agency represents Greek and foreign authors in Greece and worldwide, and foreign publishers and agents, including 2 Seas Agency, in Greece.

S2 E5: Ruben Padilla Discusses this Year's Digital Edition of the Guadalajara Book Fair

December 22nd, 2020


This is the last podcast episode I am recording before the end of this crazy, intense, and just straight out tough year that 2020 turned out to be. So I just wanted to say thank you to the guests of all 26 episodes I’ve …

S2 E4: Olivia Snaije Discusses the Arab-Speaking Publishing World

December 17th, 2020


Today’s guest is Paris-based journalist, author, translator and editor Olivia Snaije. For those of you who read the international publishing industry news, Olivia’s name probably sounds familiar as she is a contributing …

S2 E3: The Turkish Publishing Market Seen from Within. An Interview with Amy Spangler

November 27th, 2020


My guest of Season 2, episode 3 is Amy Marie Spangler, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Istanbul-based AnatoliaLit Agency

Like several of my previous …

S2 E2: "Good Literature Has Universal Appeal:" an Interview with Judith Uyterlinde

November 15th, 2020


Welcome to Season 2, episode 2 of  Make Books Travel Podcast, during which I interviewed Judith Uyterlinde. 

Judith has had a diverse career in publishing, and for the past few years she’s been Publishing Director of …

S2 E1: Gillian Fizet Discusses Canada's Guest of Honor Program at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2020/21

November 9th, 2020


I am really excited to be back with Season 2 of The Make Books Travel Podcast! I took a break from recording new episodes earlier this fall to focus on the virtual Frankfurt Book Fair season.

On this episode I’m joined …

S1 E21: How Publishing Trends Are Influenced by Historical Context. A Conversation with Daniel Bunyard

September 11th, 2020


Welcome to episode #21 of the Make Books Travel podcast.

Today's guest is Daniel Bunyard, Publishing Director and Head of Non-Fiction Publishing at Penguin Michael Joseph in the UK.

Dan has been looking in detail at …

S1 E20: Translating from French to English, Its Challenges and Rewards, with Eve Bodeux

September 8th, 2020


Today I’m speaking with French-to-English translator Eve Bodeux.

As a translator, Eve is someone who literally makes books travel. We discuss many things on this 20th episode of the Make Books Travel Podcast, including …

S1 E19: The Lisbon Book Fair, a Breath of Fresh Air for the Portuguese Publishing Industry. An Interview with Rita Fazenda

August 29th, 2020


For today’s show we’re going back overseas (at least from an American standpoint) as I’m speaking with Rita Fazenda from Portugal. Rita works as a publisher at one of Portugal’s major publishing houses called Leya …

S1 E18: Always Be Learning. Author & Writing Coach Becca Puglisi Shares Tips for Aspiring Writers

August 25th, 2020


On  this episode of the Make Books Travel podcast I’m speaking with Becca Puglisi.

Becca is an international speaker, writing coach, and bestselling author of The Emotion Thesaurus and other books for writers.

Not only …

S1 E17: How a Bestselling Author Became a Successful Publisher. An Interview with Rohit Bhargava

August 15th, 2020


Today’s podcast guest is Rohit Bhargava.

Not only is Rohit a #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author, a much-demanded speaker worldwide on disruption, trends and marketing, and an adjunct professor of marketing and …

S1 E16: How the Dutch Foundation for Literature Helps Foreign Publishers during the Pandemic (and beyond). An Interview with Barbara den Ouden

August 4th, 2020


Today I’m speaking with Barbara den Ouden of the Dutch Foundation for Literature. Anyone who has traveled to an international book fair is bound to have run into Barbara, who I believe to be something like a fixture at …

S1 E14: Talking Movie, TV and Podcast Adaptations with Maylis Vauterin

July 12th, 2020


Today I’m speaking with Maÿlis Vauterin, Rights Director at Editions Stock in France.

I’ve previously interviewed various rights sellers about one specific type of subsidiary rights sales: the sale of translation …

S1 E13: Championing European Literature in English Translation. An Interview with Trafika Europe's Andrew Singer

July 3rd, 2020


The 13th episode of the Make Books Travel Podcast welcomes Andrew Singer, Director of the literary journal Trafika Europe and of the literary radio station Trafika Europe Radio.

This is the first time that the podcast …

S1 E12: "Think Outside the Book." An Interview with Quebec Publisher Antoine Tanguay

June 29th, 2020


On episode 12 of the Make Books Travel podcast I’m talking to Antoine Tanguay, who founded the Quebec publishing house Editions Alto in 2005.

When I asked Antoine if there were any specific topics he wanted to discuss …

S1 E11: The Italian Publishing Scene Before, During and After the Covid-19 Lockdown. An Interview with Chiara Scaglioni

June 22nd, 2020


Welcome to episode 11 of the Make Books Travel podcast. Today’s guest is Chiara Scaglioni, editor of international fiction at Mondadori in Italy.

Chiara and I met a couple of times at various book fairs last few years, …

S1 E10: A Close Look at the Global Children's Book Industry with Stephanie Barrouillet

June 15th, 2020


On today's show I am talking to Stephanie Barrouillet, founder of SB Rights Agency in Tel Aviv that represents foreign rights in children's books around the world.

The 10-hour time difference between California and …

S1 E9: "Readiness Is All." Luciana Villas-Boas & Anna Luiza Cardoso Talk about Brazil's Publishing Industry, and Life, during these Challenging Times

June 8th, 2020


For this episode I am talking to not one but two guests, Luciana Villas-Boas and Anna Luiza Cardoso from the Villas-Boas & Moss Literary Agency …

S1 E8: Current French Publishing Industry Challenges Seen from an Indie Point of View. An Interview with Florent Massot

May 27th, 2020


Today I am talking to Florent Massot, who founded the independent French publishing house Massot Editions in 2017. This isn’t Florent’s first publishing venture however, as he has been publishing books for over 35 years.

S1 E7: "You Don't Have to Be A Comics Reader to Read Comics." An Interview with Amber Garza

May 21st, 2020


Joining me today from Los Angeles is Amber Garza, Director of International Licensing at Sequential Rights. Amber sells translation rights in English …

S1 E6: The Chinese Publishing Industry Emerging from Covid-19 Lockdown. An Interview with Gloria Masdeu

May 16th, 2020


After having interviewed publishing professionals from Mexico, Spain and Germany and heard about their experiences connected to the Covid-19 …

S1 E5: How the German Book Market Is Coping with Covid-19. A Discussion with Elisa Diallo

May 10th, 2020


For this episode, I’m talking to Elisa Diallo who recently joined the independent German publishing house Schöffling as their foreign rights manager. 
Elisa and I met quite a few years ago at the London Book Fair, I …

S1 E4: Marina Penalva on Spain's Strict Covid-19 Lockdown and the Impact on Its Publishing Industry

May 1st, 2020


On episode 4 of The Make Books Travel podcast, I’m joined by Marina Penalva, an agent at the Barcelona-based Casanovas & Lynch Literary Agency. …

S1 E3: Wendolín Perla, or What It's Like to Start Your Own Publishing House One Month before the Start of a Pandemic

April 26th, 2020


On episode 3 of The Make Books Travel podcast I got together, virtually speaking, with Wendolín Perla, founder of Perla Ediciones in Mexico City. 
Not …

S1 E2: An Introduction to 2 Seas Agency's Virtual Office Tools

April 19th, 2020


As discussed in the previous episode, a virtual office set-up enables 2 Seas Agency to maintain business as usual during the current COVID-19 lockdown, and also during our frequent international travels during normal, …

S1 E1: The Virtual Literary Agency. An Interview with Chrysothemis Armefti

April 17th, 2020


Welcome to the very first episode of the Make Books Travel podcast. I'd been playing with the idea of starting a podcast for a while. Then COVID-19 happened. I had to cut a 5-week business trip to Europe short after …

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