First launched in 2013 and hosted by the Ministry of Culture of Taiwan, Taipei Rights Workshop aims at providing networking and first-hand information on the Taiwanese book market for international publishers.

It is a combination of a fellowship (sightseeing, visits to bookstores, meetings with local publishers) program and a workshop in which the fellows give presentations according to their expertise and serve as mentors in group discussion sessions.


  • Jungha Song
    Jungha Song

    Jungha Song is a director at Sigongsa, Korea for acquiring foreign titles and overseeing foreign rights department since 2013. She was at Minumsa Publishing Group for 14 years working as both editor and rights manager. She is interested in quality nonfiction as well as well-written fiction titles for Sigongsa’s list and looks for diverse exchange of contents across borders.

  • Sirithada Kongpha
    Sirithada Kongpha

    Sirithada Kongpha is an Editor, Translator and the owner of Legend Books Publishing (Thailand), a publishing house that focus on foreign contemporary literature. During eleven years in publishing business, she has gained more working experience from six years as an Assistant Editor of Matichon Publishing House (one of the big five publishing houses in Thailand), one year as a Senior Rights Officer of E.Q.Plus Group (the most famous educational comic publishing in Thailand), and two years as Rights Agent of Tuttle-Mori Agency, Thailand. Nowadays, she spend her full to select and publish interested literature under the name of Legend Books Publishing.

  • Gloria Masdeu
    Gloria Masdeu

    Gloria Masdeu holds a degree in History from the University of Barcelona. Her work experience in publishing began in 2002 at the Carmen Balcells Literary Agency in Barcelona, where she worked first as an assistant at the Domestic Rights Department, and later on, since 2006, at the Foreign Rights Deparment. In 2010 she moved to China where she started working as a Rights Acquisitions Manager for Shanghai 99 Readers Culture publishing house.

  • Michel van de Waart
    Michel van de Waart

    Michel van de Waart is a commissioning editor at literary publishing house De Arbeiderspers, which is based in Amsterdam as part of the Singel Publishers group. He is responsible for Dutch literature, as well as translated fiction and narrative non fiction. He  has a strong interest for topics related to history and philosophy. For translated literature his focus countries are Germany, Scandinavia and Asia. He is also the editor for the renowned autobiographical series Privé-domein (Private Domain), featuring diaries, letters and memoires by famous international authors and Oorlogsdomein (War Domain), featuring literary war novels and memoires.

  • Janie Yoon
    Janie Yoon

    Janie Yoon is the Editorial Director at House of Anansi Press, Canada’s largest and most prestigious independent publishing company. She acquires international titles across all categories, including literary and mainstream fiction, crime/mystery/thriller, graphic novels, and general nonfiction, such as current events, science, politics, biography. Her acquisitions include The Borrowed by Chan Ho-Kei, Under the Hawthorn Tree by Ai Mi, When the Doves Disappeared by Sofi Oksanen and A Fairy Tale by Jonas T. Bengtsson. She has also worked with Canadian authors such as Patrick deWitt, Douglas Coupland, and Margaret MacMillan.

  • Johanna Castillo
    Johanna Castillo

    Johanna Castillo, Vice President and Executive Editor, Atria Books, has brought a variety of critically acclaimed and bestselling authors to Atria’s list including Isabel Allende, María Dueñas, Colleen Hoover, Pat LaFrieda, Sharyn McCrumb, Félix J. Palma and Jenni Rivera. Her areas of interest include literature in translation, women’s fiction, memoir, and cookbooks. An expert on the international and Latino book market, she has been featured in the Miami Herald, Boston Globe Daily News, and Publishers Weekly and was named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women by People in Español in 2015. She serves on the board of Poets & Writers.

  • Anne Meadows
    Anne Meadows

    Anne Meadows is a commissioning editor at Granta and Portobello Books, a prestigious London-based publishing house whose authors include Eleanor Catton, Diana Athill, Julian Baggini, Hiromi Kawakami, Han Kang and AM Homes. Prior to Granta, she read for a literary agent at A.P. Watt and spent a summer working on literary television for the BBC. She has contributed to programmes and articles for the BBC, Monocle Radio, the Bookseller, Courier magazine, and the Granta podcast, and spoken at festivals and events across Europe. She has a master’s degree in literature from University College London.

  • Dave Haysom
    Dave Haysom

    Dave Haysom is a literary translator and editor who has been living in Beijing since 2007. He first started publishing translations online at spittingdog.net in 2012. In 2014 he became joint managing editor of Pathlight, a quarterly journal of Chinese literature in translation, and in 2015 he helped launch “Read Paper Republic”, a year-long initiative to publish one translation online every week. He has also written articles and essays on contemporary Chinese literature for publications such as Words Without Borders and China Dialogue.

  • Bettina Schrewe
    Bettina Schrewe

    Bettina Schrewe is the founder of Bettina Schrewe Literary Scouting. Her current clients are international publishers in 22 countries around the world. BSLS is scouting for literary and commercial fiction, crime, thrillers and mysteries, fantasy, as well as all areas of nonfiction – history, science, current affairs, pop culture and autobiography, mind/body/spirit, as well as the children’s and YA books. Furthermore BSLS is looking for international novels for her clients to be published around the world. Bettina is originally from Germany where she worked in foreign rights for Carl Hanser Verlag before moving to the States in 1995.

  • Marta Rossich
    Marta Rossich

    Marta Rossich has worked as an editor at the Spain's most important publishing houses. After ten years of experience in Barcelona, she lived nearly three years in Shanghai and became part of the Peony Literary Agency as a scout specialized in Spanish-speaking and European publishing markets. Back in Barcelona since September 2014, she’s now working as an adult fiction editor at Ediciones B, the third largest Spanish-speaking publisher in the world.

  • Deborah Harris
    Deborah Harris

    Deborah Harris moved to Jerusalem in 1979 from New York. She co-founded The Domino Press, and in 1991 she established The Harris Elon Agency, now known as The Deborah Harris Agency. The Deborah Harris Agency represents the translation and dramatic rights of leading Israeli and Palestinian writers in more than 40 countries. The agency also acts as co-agent in Israel for more than 200 international publishers and literary agencies. She is a founding member of The Jerusalem Film and Television Fund, established to generate and support the movie industry in the capital city.

  • Michael Heyward
    Michael Heyward

    Michael Heyward is the publisher at Text Publishing, a multi-award winning independent publishing company based in Melbourne. Text authors include Graeme Simsion, Helen Garner, J M Coetzee, Kate Grenville, Elizabeth Harrower, Gerald Murnane, Patrick Modiano, John Green, Barack Obama, Kate Grenville, Tim Flannery, Yann Martel, Peter Temple, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Lloyd Jones.'


  • It has changed my way of working: first, because I've understood that Taiwan is the only open door to the Chinese-speaking market, and that the Western editors and agents that have had the privilege to attend the Taipei Rights Workshop have now the responsability to deepen on the publication of Chinese and Taiwanese authors abroad.

    Marta Rossich, 2015
  • To participate in the Taiwan Rights Workshop was one of the best experiences in my publishing career. I learned a lot about Taiwan and the Taiwanese market, everything was very interesting, useful, extremely well and cleverly organised.

    Francesca Varotto, 2015
  • I learned a great deal about Taiwan, and came away with a strong sense of its vitality and creativity.

    Michael Heyward, 2015
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