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The Make Books Travel Podcast

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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


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

Welcome to season 2, episode 8! 

After having spoken with editors, agents, translators, and people who work for cultural and governmental organizations that promote books, I’m excited to be talking to a literary scout today.

Scouting is one of the more obscure parts of the international publishing scene. My guest, John Bowers of Sanford J Greenburger Associates, was happy to shed some light on his activities, both pre-covid and during the pandemic. You’ll hear that there are quite a few differences between the two...


John's book recommendations:

- Robert Jones Jr., The Prophets (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2021)

- N.K. Jemisin, The Broken Earth Trilogy: The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate, The Stone Sky (Orbit, 2015, 2016, 2017)

- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, new unabridged audio edition narrated by Andy Serkis (Recorded Books, 2020)

- Ron Chernow, Titan: the Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. (Vintage, 2nd ed., 2004) 

About John:

Driven by a global outlook and cross-cultural understanding, John has found the perfect place to engage his passions in literary scouting. Previous to his work at Greenburger Associates, John worked in foreign rights and as an agent at the Bent Agency, assisted foreign and film scouts, and also taught middle and high school English and Drama in American international schools in Latin America.

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