Translation

Success in the international rights market depends on regular contact, and we work hard to nurture our relationships with overseas publishers and agents that have been built up over many years.

With a wealth of experience in foreign rights-selling in all markets and genres, our translation agents deal directly with their customers as well as using local co-agents.

Please refer to the Rights Guides and Archive sections above for more information on the books in which we handle translation rights.

For all general enquiries about translation and foreign rights for our adult titles, please email samnorman@davidhigham.co.uk. For general enquiries about translation and foreign rights of any children’s titles, please email Camille Burns at childrenstranslation@davidhigham.co.uk.

 

VACANCY: CONTRACTS MANAGER

DHA is looking for a proactive, creative and organised Contracts Manager. Working across a market-leading list of fiction, non-fiction and children’s authors, this is an exciting opportunity for someone with at least three years’ experience looking to take the next step in their career.

The role will report to the Contracts Director and will work across both English-language and translation agreements, with the main focus being on the latter. You’ll work closely with DHA’s primary agents and the Translation Team to ensure our clients’ interests are protected. You will be fluent in drafting and negotiating contracts and well-informed on relevant current industry conversations on areas such as digital streaming platforms, subscription models and copyright.

The successful candidate will have a sharp eye for detail and will be confident managing a high volume of work. You will be comfortable managing and successfully prioritising your own workload. Excellent communication skills are central to success in the role.

We are a dynamic, busy agency so a can-do, collaborative attitude and a willingness to pitch in are very important.

Responsibilities of the role include but are not limited to:

Translation

  • Overseeing the contractual process (including addenda, reassignments and letters of intent) for all Translation agreements across adults and children’s fiction and non-fiction
  • Drafting – using our various boilerplates and specific deal terms negotiated by the agent; replicating agreed standard terms with different publishers if applicable; amending to reflect renewals or any other special conditions agreed
  • Checking – reviewing contracts drafted by our co-agents and liaising with them over specific requirements depending on territory and client
  • Negotiating – pushing for best terms and precedent to ensure the contract wording reflects what has been agreed and that all agreements hold up to company precedent/policy and are in the authors’ best interests
  • Processing – adding/linking signed contracts to the relevant DHA systems and ensuring that all details are correctly logged on the Bradbury Phillips database
  • Negotiating/drafting new Translation contract boilerplates for publishers and co-agents
  • For audio contracts, negotiating with translation publishers/audio services to implement fair, transparent and robust wording in all agreements in order to prevent/limit the threat to authors’ audiobook and volume revenue as a result of the proliferation of streaming/subscription services
  • Handling all Translation permissions company-wide
  • Liaising with the Accounts department regarding withholding tax requirements, assignment, and due signature advances
  • Advising colleagues and authors on contractual wording and processes

English-language

  • Drafting English-language contracts: using agreed boilerplates with publishers and following best precedent and company redline to ensure watertight terms and wording
  • Assisting the Contracts Director with contractual negotiations and boilerplate discussions with publishers
  • Handling English-language permissions for our literary estates and management of our company permission documents and fee charts

The role will be based in our central London office, but we are operating a flexible working scheme with part of the week also working remotely. We are offering a salary of £30,000 to £35,000 p.a., depending on experience.

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter, including details of current salary and notice period, to Johanna Clarke (johannaclarke@davidhigham.co.uk). The closing date for applications is Wednesday, 15 September 2021. DHA reserves the right to close the application process early if we have found the right candidate.

DHA welcomes applications from any individual regardless of ethnic origin, gender, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, or age. All applicants will be considered on merit.

 

VACANCY: CHILDREN’S RIGHTS AGENT (Fixed-term contract)

We are looking for a Translation Rights Agent to join our dynamic, busy team on a fixed-term contract to cover a period of maternity leave.

Representing DHA’s prestigious children’s list in translation, the successful applicant will have a passion for children’s books and experience of selling rights across major international markets. Determined, proactive and ambitious, you will have outstanding communication, sales and negotiation skills. You know how to build and maintain excellent relationships with clients, publishers, scouts and co-agents and have the commercial awareness to identify sales opportunities and close deals.

You will also be highly self-motivated, organised and efficient, along with being a strong team-player. Responsibilities will include (but not be limited to):

  • Liaising with primary agents about material, upcoming titles and submission strategies
  • Managing submissions across territories, both direct and co-agented
  • Negotiating deal terms and displaying strong knowledge of translation contracts
  • Communicating with clients about offers, jackets, publication strategy, international interviews and festivals, etc.
  • Preparing for and attendance at relevant book fairs and undertaking international sales trips (if the prevailing Covid-19 situation allows)

The role will be based out of our central London office, with combination of office/home working on a schedule to be agreed. We are offering a salary of £30,000 to £35,000 p.a., depending on experience.

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter, along with details of your current salary and notice period to Alice Howe (alicehowe@davidhigham.co.uk). The closing date for applications is Wednesday, 22 September 2021. DHA reserves the right to close the application process early if we have found the right candidate.

DHA welcomes applications from any individual regardless of ethnic origin, gender, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, or age. All applicants will be considered on merit.