I am a freelance rights agent, working as the Rights Director for Jenny Brown Associates, handling international rights for a number of independent publishers including Luath, Saraband and Sandstone (full list of clients below) and co agenting on selected titles.
I have over 20 years international experience in publishing. I started in New York in the contracts team at Bantam Doubleday Dell before becoming rights manager for Farrar, Straus & Giroux (New York) for two years, senior rights manager in London for Harper Collins for three years and Rights Director in Edinburgh for Canongate for thirteen years. I have just completed a ten month sabbatical cover as a rights agent for Curtis Brown. I won the “Nibbie” Bookseller Rights Professional of the Year in 2014 and was nominated and shortlisted in 2010 and 2017.
Highlights of my career include licensing a poem by Adam Zagajewski – Try to Praise the Mutilated World – to the New Yorker the week after 9/11, launching Stuart McBride internationally, achieving record rights sales for Matt Haig, working with Fran Lebowitz, Elif Shafak and Anthony Doerr, and currently handling rights for the Scottish Makar, Kathleen Jamie.
For my clients I handle translation and North American rights submissions and sales, working with scouts, sub agents and direct with editors. I can be involved at acquisition stage. I advise on rights guides, attend bookfairs, pitch and submit titles, handle negotiations, draft and advise on contracts.
Joyce to handle rights for Jenny Brown Associates (The Bookseller, 5 June 2020)
Joyce joins Duckworth for North American rights (The Bookseller, 4 September 2020)
Joyce and Brownlee attach to Muswell Press (The Bookseller, 7 October 2020)