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08 July 2020

London Book Fair: 14-16 March 2017

14 March 2017

Publishing Scotland hosts a Books from Scotland stand for members at the London Book Fair every year.

The 2017 fair took place at the Olympia Conference Centre and we were at stand 2C80 for members.

Our New Books Scotland showcase of publishing and writing with Creative Scotland was available in print at the fair and is available to download as a PDF.

Our drinks reception was generously sponsored by Isle of Arran Whisky and NB  Gin.

The following members exhibited at the fair on our collective stand:

Other members who attended / exhibited at the fair were:


For more information about the fair generally, visit the official London Book Fair website.


The photos above were taken by our Member Services Manager, Lucy Feather (except for the one of Lucy which was taken by Gill Tasker, Book Marketing Manager).


Prepare for Book Fairs

Whether it's your first visit to a trade book fair or you've been before, have a look at our Prepare for Book Fairs PDF for some tips and advice on how to get the most out of your time there.


Five Top Tips for preparing for London Book Fair appointments

from one of our publishers who has learned from experience


If you are thinking of going to a London Book Fair, make sure to take note of these tips from one of our publishers.

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.