Saturday, 17 October 2009

Frankfurt Book Fair

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...

1 comment:

ediFanoB said...

I live near Frankfurt. It is funny for me to read about the Book Fair on a UK blog.
I visited the Fair regularly before I started to read books in English.
In 2008 I visited the exhibition area of the foreign publishers and I was disappointed. All the publishers I would like to visit haven't been there or closed their exhibition stand very early.
Therefore my wife and I decided to stop visiting the Book Fair. We read blogs instead and spend the entrance fee for books.

Beside this I hope the business decisions will go well for you.
As you wrote: Fingers crossed...