The long march of the spring book fair season is winding down, so I’m taking a quick break from my fair follow-up tasks to say a few words about the 2015 London Book Fair. I’m going to cheat and mostly just give you a few links to articles about this year’s fair:
- Publishers Weekly’s take on the ‘buzz books’ of the fair
- PW on the move from Earl’s Court (a convention center sorely lacking in windows) to Olympia (a convention center with perhaps too many windows)
- An author’s take on whether to approach agents and editors at LBF (spoiler alert: don’t)
- A rather lovely blog post by agent Lizzy Kremer about how much agents really love LBF, deep down. Well, most of us. Not this one
- The history of the beautiful yet unnavigable Olympia center (check out the poster for Cruft’s in 1967. Meet you at the petfoods stand!)
All that champagne did little to soften the blow of the trekking we had to do to get to our appointments. I won’t miss the International Rights Centre at Earls Court, which reminded me of the kind of apocalypse-proof bunker that I’d expect to see in District 13, but the IRC at Olympia was so far from the main show floor that I racked up over 14,000 steps a day on my Fitbit, as I insisted on showing anyone who slowed down long enough to see.
Next year, LBF starts just five days after the Bologna Book Fair, which will be a real trick for children’s publishers. Many of them have large, complicated display stands that will be impossible to ship to London and assemble in time for the fair. I’ll be curious to see if either London or Bologna blinks and finds a way to reschedule.
I’ll leave you with this: a rare photo of me and Gemma in actual London sunshine. We’re not used to it.