The London Book Fair 2014

The London Book Fair 2014

The London Book Fair, now in its 42nd year, is a world-leading business-to-business exhibition specialising in rights negotiation, sales and distribution of written content. In other words, if you are in publishing, this is the place to be. The London Book Fair takes place from 8 April to 10 April 2014 at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London, SW5 9TA. Tickets cost £30.00 and you can reach the centre by the District and Piccadilly tube lines (getting off at Earl’s Court station) or by the District and Overground services (getting off at West Brompton).

Who goes to the London Book Fair?

People interested in, or involved in creating, distributing and selling content flock to the London Book Fair like bees to nectar sensing they might just discover the next big thing, sign that lucrative international rights deal or pick up some tips for becoming a success in the industry. If you are heading to Earls Court for the fair you are likely to be an author, editor, talent scout or even a digital media wizard.

There are also on average over 1,000 international companies from 50 countries represented at the fair. From the mightiest publishing house to the tiniest independent they are all here looking for the next blockbuster, children’s book, graphic novel or even video game sensation. People go to mingle, to meet and greet and network. Over 25,000 professionals from 100 countries went last year.

What to see and do at the London Book Fair

The London Book Fair is buzzing with creative talent and the industry that makes that talent profitable. You can attend all manner of conferences, seminars and events over the three days of the exhibition.

This year conferences cover everything from an introduction to rights, to learning about the supply chain and education policies. Events will include Author Of The Day where authors showcase their work at the Pen Literary Salon and hold signings and seminars. 2014 will see much-loved fantasy fiction writer Terry Pratchett open proceedings followed by Children’s Laureate Marjorie Blackman and ending with best-selling Korean author Sun-mi Hwang. There is also a Lifetime Achievement Award and a special Author HQ for writers with workshops, agent one-to-ones and networking opportunities.

Make the most of your time

The London Book Fair is an absolutely enormous event that covers everything from academic texts to authors, self-publishing, children and young adult books to literary translation, buying and selling rights and much more. Make sure you don’t miss out on a golden opportunity by planning ahead and using your time wisely.
From the Park Inn by Radisson Hotel & Conference Centre London Heathrow you can be at Earls Court in just 25 minutes driving east along the M4.

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