I’ve very recently joined the team at Atwood Tate, and my previous job was as an International Rights Executive for Octopus Publishing Group. Attending book fairs is an important part of working in rights, and I would like to tell you a bit about my recent trip to the Frankfurt Book Fair.
Frankfurt Book Fair is the biggest book and media fair in the world, with over 100 countries represented and more than 7,000 exhibitors attending. This is the place to see and be seen, and a great place to make new contacts and hear about the latest technologies and trends.
There are 8 halls, each with 3 floors at the Frankfurt Buchmesse, so it is impossible to see absolutely everything. Working in rights, our time is mainly spent at our stand, waiting to see our publishing partners to present to them the new titles that we are hoping to sell to them in the next year. Our time at Frankfurt gives us a good feel for how the up-coming year is likely to go, and there are always surprises in which of the new titles are going to be the most sought after when we get back to London.
Attending Frankfurt Book Fair is both an exhilarating and exhausting experience. Days pass in a whirlwind of meetings, dinners and never enough sleep. There is always something happening, and being a part of it all is a good way to learn about the publishing industry.
There is an energy to Frankfurt that is truly unique, and attending is always one of the highlights of the year.