Upstart Press successful in rights markets

Despite only being a bit over three years old, Upstart Press has achieved considerable success in selling their authors’ books overseas.

The first successes were Paddy Richardson’s “Swimming in the Dark” which was published in Australia by Pan Macmillan, and Paul Thomas’s “Fallout”, published in the UK and USA by Bitter Lemon Press.

Robbie Dean’s “Red, Black and Gold” was bought for Australian publication by Hardie Grant, and Murray Ball’s “Essential Footrot Flats” by Hachette Australia.

Dan Carter was, of course, a great success around the world with editions being published by Headline in the UK, HarperCollins in Australia, Marabout in France, and Toyokan in Japan.

Donovan Bixley has been, not surprisingly, well received overseas. His “Much Ado About Shakespeare” was published by Linking in Taiwan and will be published in China by Duku. The first two titles in the “Flying Furballs” series have gone to Slalom in France and are being considered by many publishers around the world.

Paul Cleave is another author that Upstart publishes that is very successful internationally. Many of his novels had agreements in place when he came to Upstart, but since then Beijing Xiron have taken Simplified Chinese rights for “Trust No One”, and Hodder in the UK have bought “Trust No One” and six backlist titles. Other deals are pending.

“Chasing a Dream” by John Dunmore has also been successful, with Domain in Taiwan and Shanghai Youshu in China signing deals in 2016, and an Estonian agreement is just being signed.

There are other deals just awaiting final signed contracts, but in addition to all that we have exported many more through our agents in Australia, the UK and USA. Oliver Greens’ “You Can’t Give Vodka to a Baby” had an entire print run go to the US. Export and rights is a focus for Upstart Press, with book fairs being an important part of the calendar. This focus will continue.