|One of those "walk outside|
in the rain and climb up
stairs with your carry on"
9 hrs and 45 min of flying and I've arrived at my connecting airport. Grabbed a "jetlag" smoothie (banana, strawberry, orange, oatmeal (!) and vitamin C) and am now hanging out, typing out the post I've been wanting to write but haven't had a chance to write.
Last year I wrote a Bologna Book Fair Preparation post which outlined what I did before flying out. You can click the link OR I can sum it up quickly to show you what the past 2 weeks have been like for me:
- Finalizing our rights guide
- Finalizing appointments
- Touching base with scouts
- Touching base with co-agents
- Getting last-minute information from colleagues
But if you're TOTALLY new to the Bologna Book Fair itself --- it's an international book fair that takes place every year at the end of March in Bologna, Italy. Publishers, editors, agents, scouts, and publishing professionals from around the world come together to discuss children's book publishing -- what's new, what's working, what's not working, what are some new ways/mediums to sell books to children, etc.
As literary agents, we attend so we can meet with foreign publishers one-on-one. We work with co-agents to sell translation rights, but nothing can replace a personal connection. It's good to go, meet, and ask what's working in their market, what's not working, and just get to know more about their list so we know which books to pitch to them.
|2014 Bologna Rights Guide|
hot off the press!
A few new/exciting things in store for us this year at Bologna:
- One of my very talented illustrator clients, Julie-Anne Graham, is going to Bologna Book Fair as well, so we get to meet up for dinner! Client hang outs are always fun :) She's the author/illustrator of THE PERFECT PERCIVAL PRIGGS which comes out in 2015.
- We get to meet three of our co-agents for the first time! After years of working together, closing deals together, it'll be nice to finally meet in person :-)
- Another of my very talented illustrator clients, Sarah Marino, is one of the 34 finalists in the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Bologna Showcase! I'm so excited to go to the fair first thing Monday morning and take photos of her submitted piece on display!
- I finally get to do the tourist thing! I've come to Bologna, gone to meetings, attended the fair, and socialized with other publishing people, but I've never taken the time to just be a tourist in Bologna. It's a beautiful city rich with history, and I'm so happy Suzie and I are taking one day this weekend to just roam around and learn more about it.
Anything in particular you want to know about Bologna? Leave a comment below and I'll answer it on my next post!