Preparations for The London Book Fair (April 15 - 17) are in full swing with news of seminars and events gradually going up online.
|The London Book Fair, Earl's Court|
Full details are still coming through but already announced are:
E to Eternity The future of digital hosted by Kindle Direct Publishing
Are bookstores here to stay? Sam Husein, Chief Executive, Foyles.
The challenges facing digital publishing with Jason Cooper, digital director Faber & Faber and Friday Project's Scott Pack (1pm 16th April - I'll be queuing for that one)
Author as entrepreneur with G. P. Taylor and Polly Courtney
How to get a literary agent Henry de Rougement, The Hanbury Agency
The future of literary agents Andrew Lownie Andrew recently announced his own ebook and POD publishing initiative, Thistle Publishing. From The Bookseller 15 Feb 2013" Lownie said, “With e-book publishers and Amazon offering up to 70%, publishers will be left behind if they don’t adapt.” He added: “This is something we do in addition to our main job. There are some books that don’t fit the conventional model, where publishers don’t see the market for it, but we do - or they can’t publish it quickly enough … We are still acting as agents - but we are giving a brand, through Thistle, to these particular books. We are giving people the opportunity to earn while we showcase the works.”
When is a book not a book? Eric Huang Director, New Business & IP Acquisitions at Penguin Books Charlie Redmayne CEO, Pottermore
There's also The Pitch, a literary agent pitching event. You have to book your place in advance & can register for a flags-up of when tickets are being released here. This is real progress as in years before the agents were all hidden away on their own floor at the top of escalators you needed a special pass for! They still are, of course. My friend and I went up to have a look, pointing our noses straight ahead and not catching Security's eye we got through. There's not much to see, lots of tables and a champagne bar.
The AuthorLounge is being curated by Authoright. I know nothing about them but this can only be an improvement on what went before. The events there are only the tip of the iceberg. The three days are crammed full of seminars and discussions scattered in rooms and on stands through the vast space that is Earl's Court. Registration also includes a year's free membership of an international rights website initiative called PubMatch. I attended the LBF for the first time two years ago, I was full of 'not for the likes of us' trepidation it didn't seem a place for authors to be turning up unless you were already successful and part of the show. So it's good to see the tone has definitely changed.
|Base camp - The English PEN Literary Café|
|Kazuo Ishiguro At The London Book Fair 2011|
|Caitlin Moran at the London Book Fair 2012|
and, Where's Wally moment, this Booker-winning author: