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27 February 2020

Sharp, Andrew

Publishing Rights professional with a proven track record of success and 23 years' experience.  I was most recently the Group Rights Director for the Hachette Children's Group.  Winner: Rights Professional of the Year at the British Book Awards 2019. 

I have worked with publishers in pretty much every rights market during my career, have experience selling to special sales customers in the English language markets and was the Digital Director responsible for establishing the digital offering for Hachette Children's Books from 2012 until 2016.   

Services offered - on a freelance basis - include:

  • training on Rights and coeditions, negotiation, acquisitions
  • consultation on Rights and coedition strategy
  • consultation generally on Publishing and other aspects of the business that touch on acquisitions and rights selling, including Production and Finance
  • research into particular markets and potential new areas of publishing for your business
  • optimising the potential of a publisher's backlist
  • a thorough investigation of systems, processes and resources with a view to overhaul or refinement - I did A LOT of this type of work at Hachette
  • generally, delving into areas that staff don't have the headspace to tackle fully - I often found that 'thinking time' was lacking for most full-time staff, especially senior staff.  I can work alongside senior staff to take an outsider's view of the business and help the thinking along from a more dispassionate perspective.  We can all use a kind and critical friend sometimes.
  • also, I'm open to suggestions on specific projects I might undertake



Andrew Sharp, Rights Consultant
Mobile: 07590 460 288