I am excited to be going to the London Book Fair for the first time this year. What clinched it was when I saw how useful the Author Lounge looks. This part of the event – which is new this year – has seminars, talks and panels going on for the three days on a range of topics related to writing, publishing and book-selling . Ones which caught my eye are: The Author Journey; Are Bookstores Here to Stay; Helping Readers Discover Your Books; How to Get a Literary Agent; The Challenges Facing Traditional Publishers; The Future of Literary Agents; and The Author as Entrepreneur. You can see the programme in full here: http://www.authoright.com/authorlounge-whats-on/seminar-room. I haven’t found one session yet which I don’t want to go to!
The exhibition section, with all the usual stands and displays, will also be interesting to look round. I am looking forward to talking to other writers and creative people, to publishers and literary agents. With so much change occurring in the publishing industry, I want to get as well-informed as possible so that when it comes to making important decisions about my writing, I know what the options are and their various implications. It will also be wonderful to immerse myself in the world of writing and publishing for three entire days in a way which is very different from sitting at my PC writing my novel. If you see me there, do come and say ‘hello’.
Vicky Newham © 2013