The seventh edition of the Istanbul Publishing Fellowship Program will take place between March 8th and 10th, organized by the Turkish Printing and Publishing Professional Association. This year, the event will be in a hybrid model, with in person and also remotely formats, and will be held at the Istanbul Cevahir Hotel, in the Turkish capital. Brazil will be represented during the program by a group of 17 participants.
Six members of the delegation are from publishing houses supported by Brazilian Publishers — a partnership between the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (ApexBrasil) — :Carla Sacrato from Faro Editorial; Denya Rabelo, literary agent; Paula Cajatay from the publishing house Jaguatirica; Leonardo Amaral from Rua do Sabão; Kin Guerra from Solisluna and Laura Di Pietro from Tabla.
The Istanbul Fellowship Program was created in 2016 by the largest professional organization of publishers in Turkey, the Turkish Press and Publishers Copyright & Licensing Society (TBYM), and aims to contribute to a bilateral cooperation between Turkish and foreign publishers. The annual program also seeks to make Istanbul a solid copyright market by promoting Turkish literature abroad and translating the intellectual, artistic and cultural production of the Turkish publishing industry into other languages.
The event brings foreign participants to the Turkish city, promotes a meeting between professionals from the global publishing market and holds copyright and translation meetings. Online and physical interviews will also be conducted with a limited number of publishers. The program has over 400 participants from over 100 countries and is a great opportunity to establish new business relationships, follow industry developments and increase diversity for the global publishing industry.
Rayanna Pereira, international relations analyst at Brazilian Publishers, is optimistic about the program and the Brazilian presence in Istanbul: “We have a very strong group, with several publishers from Brazil, who will certainly represent our literature very well abroad during business rounds”, she says excitedly.
The last edition of the program, which took place in March 2021, also in a hybrid way, had 869 entries from editors from 120 countries. In all, 359 editors from 60 countries were selected to participate in the program by the event’s board. More than 3,000 bilateral meetings and 1,300 preliminary copyright agreements have been made.
In this edition, three representatives from Brazil were present. Among them were Fernanda Dantas, executive manager of Brazilian Publishers; Diego de Oxóssi, from Arole Cultural, and Paula Cajaty, from Ocelot. At the time, Diego de Oxóssi told the Brazilian Publishers website that the event was sensational. “In addition to the commercial results, the structure of the event and the organization of the online platform for scheduling and meetings were also fantastic”, explained Diego.
About Brazilian Publishers
Created in 2008, the Brazilian Publishers is an industry project for the promotion of Brazilian editorial content, the result of a partnership between the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (ApexBrasil). The initiative aims at promoting the Brazilian editorial industry in the global market in a guided and organized manner, supporting the operationalization of publishers.