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London Book Fair: 8-10 April 2014

8 April 2014

 

The London Book Fair 2014 took place at Earls Court from 8 to 10 April 2014. Publishing Scotland hosted the Books from Scotland collective stand H350.

 

It was the base for Publishing Scotland, BookSource, Edinburgh Napier University and Stirling University as well as member publishers:

The other Publishing Scotland members had stands at LBF 2014 were:



The photos above give a flavour of what the fair was like this year. For us it was a special one because we celebrate our 40th anniversary this year but it was also special as it is the last time the fair will be held at Earls Court.

Next year it will take place at Olympia and if you are thinking of going, make sure to take note of these tips from one of our publishers.

 

Five Top Tips for preparing for London Book Fair appointments

from one of our publishers who has learned from experience


1. When to make appointments

Make your appointments well in advance. Many people's diaries are already filling up. Don't leave it until one or two weeks before the fair.

2. Time-slots

Appointments are half-hour slots from 9am to 5.30pm. The halls at London aren't so vast that you can't easily get from one appointment to another. The Agents Centre can take longer to get into because of extra security. A spreadsheet with space for each time-slot can be a good way to keep track of your schedule.

3. Where to have meetings

You can arrange appointments both at your stand, or the other person's stand. Many foreign publishers just 'visit' LBF and don't have stands of their own. As a rule of thumb, if you're buying a service (eg from a printer, or buying rights from another publisher), the meeting will be on their stand.  If you're selling (eg rights on your books, or books to a wholesaler, retailer or rep), the meeting will be on your stand.

4. Who to meet

Think about the different types of people you might want to see. Here are few to consider:

  • Foreign publishers -- you selling foreign language rights (your stand)
  • Foreign publishers or agents -- you buying English rights (their stand, if they have one)
  • Wholesalers, eg Gardners, Betrams (your stand, so they can see the range of books you publish)
  • Other retailers, eg Waterstone's, independents you trade with, bookclubs, remainder dealers (your stand, except remainder dealers)
  • Reps and other trade partners, eg Faber Factory -- if you share reps, they may well be at LBF meeting with their other publishers (your stand)
  • Printers (their stand)
  • Other services, eg eBook converters, App-makers, distributors, print-on-demand printers, etc (their stand)

5. Attend seminars

There's also a good programme of free seminars at the London Book Fair. Get there early to ensure getting a seat at the popular ones. Block off those time slots in your schedule so you don't double-book.