Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Frankfurt Book Fair!

If you're on Twitter, you've probably come across talk of Frankfurt recently.  What is everybody talking about?  What's in Frankfurt?  Only the biggest book fair evah!

From the website:

The Frankfurt Book Fair 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.

The Frankfurt Book Fair is the most important marketplace for books, media, rights and licences worldwide. More than 7,300 exhibitors from 100 countries, 299,000 visitors and over 10,000 journalists.

Grow your business, expand your network, build bridges into the future and make new discoveries: digital content, the vibrant publishing landscape of the Guest of Honour and interesting information about the most important markets worldwide. One thing is certain: at the Frankfurt Book Fair you will have more access to current trends than anywhere else.

But what about YA?  Are YA book rights sold? (again from the website:)

Children´s and teen books - national and international "I have become convinced that children are the best and cleverest audience you can wish for as a storyteller. Children are rigorous, unerring critics."

Otfried Preussler The proportion of international children´s and juvenile book publishers in hall 3.0 has increased in 2010. Last year we had 36% international exhibitors here, this year the number has already reached 42%. Hall 3.0 thus clearly shows that it is an ideal platform for the sale of rights and licences for international publishing houses of children´s and juvenile books.

What does all of this mean?  Well, for one thing, those of us querying or on submission might be waiting a little longer to hear from agents and editors as this week many of them will be in Germany, but for those of you with rights to sell, this week could bring good news your way!


Krista Ashe said...

Good luck for those who are on sub in the foreign markets. And here's a slice of patience to those on sub here that the usual glacial pace of publishing will be even slower, lol,.

J.S. Wood said...

This led me to look up the Frankfurt Book Fair. It's all so fascinating. Thanks for the post!!