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The Frankfurt Book Fair

We’re here… Crushed on trains, squeezed on planes and blistered feet; it was all worth it. The fair is genuinely massive and takes up about the same area as 10 SECC’s in Glasgow. Finding stands and agents was the first challenge. I was only thankful that I brought Emma. My 15 yr-old daughter wanted to go to Germany and I thought she’d enjoy the cut and thrust of the fair. There are literally thousands of people talking about book stuff. Selling rights, re-selling rights, doing deals, looking at new media… all that kind of stuff. I was there to meet my German rights agent and to be intorduced to a possible rights agent for the rest of the world, excluding UK and Germany. It all went pretty smoothly, I think, so fingers crossed. She has a pretty impressive track record.

Emma, of course was enjoying the sights and food in Frankfurt. We wandered round the old district and along the river, beside the floating hotels and barges. £440 a room is what they were looking for a night because of the Fair. Luckily I’d booked on the cheap, well in advance.

We went to Frankfurt zoo and sat in the sun on the last day before setting off for home.


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