Help! Have you ever been to the Frankfurt Book Fair?

photo This year Pilrig Press, who publishes my books, were given a  grant by the wonderful Publishing Scotland people to go to the The Frankfurt Book Fair (stand H1 in Hall 8) and have  a “Look see!”  Yeh hey!  And I’m thrilled to be tagging along with Pilrig Press for one of the days!

BUT what is the Frankfurt Book Fair exactly?

en The Frankfurt Book Fair is the biggest book and media fair in the world. Basically, it’s where publishers go to sell book rights and make contact with other publishers and find out all that is new and wonderful in the publishing world … and more. This year it has around 7500 exhibitors from over 110 countries and more than 3,600 events and they expect 280,000 visitors. There’s a great infographic about it by the clever Maps of the World people :

The thing is, I’ve never been to a book fair before. The programme sounds and looks overwhelming!  Where will I start? What should I do?  HELP!  If you have been to the Frankfurt Book Fair before, or indeed any book fair, I’d love to hear about your experiences and I’d be grateful for any top tips you have to offer 🙂







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6 Responses to Help! Have you ever been to the Frankfurt Book Fair?

  1. Wendy Clarke says:

    I’m afraid I have no advice for you Marianne as I’ve never been to a book fair either here or abroad but I’m sure there’ll be readers of your blog out there who will be able to help. I’m sure it will be an exciting event.

  2. Ruth Hunt says:

    Hi Marianne,
    Gosh, sounds amazing. I knew it was big, but not that big! It should be a great experience for you and for Pilrig Press. Hope to hear all about it when you get back.

    • Thanks, Ruth! I think it may be a bit of a nightmare to be honest, especially as I hate crowds – ha ha ha!– and I think it also may be a tad demoralising for a tiddler writer like me but, at the same time, it will be fascinating to see this side of the book world. And brilliant that Scottish Publishing fund newbie publishers, like Pilrig Press to visit, it would have been too costly to go otherwise. It will definitely be interesting for Marc and who knows, he has a few appointments, so he may some worthwhile contacts too. So. yes, although dreading it, I’m looking forward to it too. And I’m only going to for one day – enough to soak it all in without being crushed by it, hopefully ;o)
      I will definitely let you know How I/we get on! 🙂

  3. Wow Marianne, that’s so exciting! I went to Frankfurt in 2004, and it was HUGE. Definitely overwhelming. I knew a publisher who had a stand, and mostly got to meet other people who were their contacts. I was offering rights for a particular book at the time, so I’d done some research beforehand into which publishers in UK and USA might be interested in it (it was an Australian book), and I’d prearranged meetings with some of them.

    You have to find a way to bring it down to size. Maybe some of the exhibitors around you will have similar interests? They do tend to group them together. And there will be particular halls with particular types of publishers.

    I saw they’ve even got a self-publishing session this year, which just goes to show how much the world has changed!

    Wear comfortable shoes, that would be my biggest tip. 😉 😀

    • Hi Belinda, thanks for this very helpful advice: “bring it down to size” makes lot of sense – and to wear comfortable shoes! 🙂 Marc will be at the Publishing Scotland stand and no doubt get to know other people through them. He has a couple of appointments and I am sure it the experience will be helpful for Pilrig Press whatever the outcomes. Funnily enough, when I used to work in Marketing (years ago!) one of my areas of responsibilities was “exhibitions”, so I am no stranger to trade fairs (and the very first one I did was in Munich!), but no fair I ever went to, to promote warm air hand driers and soap dispensers – exactly!– was ever anywhere near as big as this one!;o)
      Thanks again, and for the link – yes, that is a big change! :o)

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