A day at the fair

If you work in the world of books then spring means one thing: LBF. The book fair is one of the essential pit stops on the international publishing circuit. It’s where deals are done, rights are sold, and everyone can have a good ol’ nosy at what the competition is up to.

As an author and editor, it’s a chance for me to catch up with colleagues and friends, make new connections, and, on a personal level, nerd out about upcoming titles. This year there were beautiful covers to gawp over, a focus on Polish publishing, overpriced sandwiches, some brilliant talks, a few good freebies, and a Harry-Potter-themed bar where I had a well-earned drink.

It’s always comforting to know that even at LBF, where editorial types are in abundance, people sometimes make mistakes.

If you’re a writer in need of inspiration and advice, LBF is a great place to come and be immersed in the industry. There are lectures and networking events, opportunities to meet with agents, and average coffees at above-average prices. Most people are here to do BUSINESS, so don’t expect an impromptu meeting with a commissioning editor at Penguin Random House. But if you have the time to spare, I recommend it for the atmosphere alone. Books, glorious books!

To find out about next year’s London Book Fair (10–12 April), head here