I am a French author. I work with a dozen publishers in France and some of my books are translated into Spanish, Chinese, Korean, etc.. But not in English! I just moved to Ireland and I would like to see my books here. How do I do? Do I find an agent to translate and publish my books? In France the agents do not exist, I contacted the publishers directly and they deal themself for the foreign rights ...The question is really: whose rights are these?
If the foreign language rights belong to your French publisher, how did your French publisher show your books to Spanish, Korean, and Chinese publishers without having shown them to US and UK publishers? That seems extremely unlikely to me; it seems far more likely that the US and UK publishers simply weren't interested. Some books, whether because of art style or topic or treatment, just don't translate to certain other book markets. For every Everyone Poops, there's a Santa Through the Window.
If the foreign rights are yours, then you could get an agent to represent the foreign rights. Readers, any agent suggestions?