This weekend, the legendary Frankfurt Book Fair is open to the general public, and if I didn't have commitments elsewhere, I'd love to pop along for the day.
This year the Book Fair is running from 14th to 18th October, with China as the Guest of Honour (what, all of it?). It is a meeting place for the industry’s experts. Be they publishers, booksellers, agents, film producers or authors - each year in October, they all come together and create something new (according to the website). It also means that publishers are incommunicado at this time.
I'm on tenterhooks this year because two meetings that don't involve me could have a big impact on future work and sales of my books. The first is a meeting between French publishers Bibliothèque Interdite and Abaddon Books and the second involves an American publisher looking for an English partner to publish a potential new book of mine.
So, fingers crossed then...