Introducing Bold Type Agency

Introducing Bold Type Agency

12 October, 2022

Nerrilee Weir, former Penguin Random House Australia senior rights manager and Fiona Henderson, former Simon & Schuster Australia publishing director, have joined forces to create new rights agency Bold Type Agency, which will focus on book-to-screen adaptations and representing Australian literary agents and publishers in international markets. Weir tells Think Australian what they’ll be pitching at Frankfurt and what she thinks will be trending.

How did the idea for your new venture Bold Type Agency (BTA) come about?

Fiona and I worked together on Holy Cow! by Sarah MacDonald in 2002. Fiona was the publisher, and I worked on world English-language rights. Fiona immediately started pitching and I would follow behind and we’d tag team to cover ground and build excitement. Holy Cow! was published in North America and the United Kingdom, and Fiona and I continued to attend fairs together, often meeting foreign editors as a very effective ‘double act’. Over the past 20 years of not working directly together, we would often talk about how much fun we had and how we’d love to one day have our own rights agency.

Is your decision to start BTA an indication of a shift in how rights are sold since Covid?

Not at all. Covid has meant a different way of connecting—more Zooms etc., and as people start to travel again I think we’d simply add the ‘additional’ meetings (i.e. have 70 meetings at a fair, and another 50 or so Zooms during the book fair seasons). We can cover more ground. Essentially, we saw a gap in the market for rights selling. Many publishers have active rights departments and many literary agents also have their own contacts. But many others don’t and we hope that we can bring value to those organisations. (more…)

Originally published by Books and Publishing (Read More)