Investment to increase the number and diversity of books in
New website open for proposals at translation.amazon.com/submissions
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 13, 2015--
(NASDAQ:AMZN)—In celebration of its fifth year, AmazonCrossing, the
literary translation imprint of Amazon Publishing, today announced a $10
million commitment over the next five years to increase the number and
diversity of its books in translation. AmazonCrossing is one of the
largest publishers of translated literature in the United States, with
77 titles from 15 countries and 12 languages to be published in the
United States in 2015. Today’s announced investment will go toward fees
paid to translators over the next five years and increasing the
countries and languages represented on the AmazonCrossing list, which
since 2010 has included more than 200 titles by authors from 29
countries writing in 19 languages.
To support this growing commitment to books in translation,
AmazonCrossing editors today opened a new website for authors, agents
and publishers to suggest titles for translation at translation.amazon.com/submissions.
AmazonCrossing is now accepting submissions in mystery, thriller,
women’s fiction, historical fiction, literary fiction, memoir, science
fiction and fantasy categories. In addition to this new streamlined
process for submissions, AmazonCrossing editors will accept submissions
for translation consideration in person at the Frankfurt Book Fair on
October 14th from 11:00 am-1:00 pm in Hall 3.0, K31.
“We launched AmazonCrossing five years ago to introduce readers to
voices of the world through English-language translations of
foreign-language books. While we are now one of the largest publishers
of translated literature in the United States, translated fiction is
still a tiny fraction of new publications. Today we are committing $10
million to translations to bring more international writers to new
audiences,” said Sarah Jane Gunter, Publisher of AmazonCrossing and
General Manager of International Publishing. “Our new website for
submissions will help us cast a broader net in finding great books for
translation, with the hope of increasing the number of acquisitions from
countries that are traditionally underrepresented in translation.”
Over the past five years, AmazonCrossing has published significant works
such as German author Oliver Pötzsch’s million-copy best-selling
Hangman’s Daughter series, Korean author Bae Suah’s acclaimed novella Nowhere
to Be Found and Turkish author Ayse Kulin’s Kindle best seller Last
Train to Istanbul. The 2016 list will continue a commitment to
translating books by exceptional foreign-language authors including
award-winning and best-selling Mexican author of Like Water for
Chocolate Laura Esquivel. Her novel Pierced by the Sun, a
gripping tale of murder and redemption translated from Spanish by
Jordi Castells, will be published in June 2016. In July 2016,
AmazonCrossing will publish award-winning Polish crime writer Zygmunt
Miloszewski’s Rage, translated from Polish by Antonia
Lloyd-Jones, winner of the 2014 Paszport Polityka prize for literature.
Please visit translation.amazon.com/submissions
for more information and to propose titles for translation.
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