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Do UK or US based literary agents accept (unpublished) manuscripts in a foreign language?

For example the author could provide a rough translation of the whole text and himself pay for a literary translation of the first pages, so the agent could judge the story as well as the writing.

Is such a thing heard of?

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I inquired with a US agency and they replied that:

  • they do accept manuscripts that are translated into English
  • if they are interested in the project after reading the short summary in the query letter, they will request a sample of three chapters which need to be a professional translation, so they can judge the work's true potential; a rough translation will not suffice

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