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
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
Five Top Tips for preparing for London Book Fair
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.
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
- 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
- Reps and other trade partners, eg Faber Factory -- if you share
reps, they may well be at LBF meeting with their other publishers
- 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.