Agent Manners will return tomorrow to continue answering the most recent set of questions collected, but in the meantime, it’s London Book Fair time. My associate Cameron McClure, who occasionally blogs at Book Cannibal, is representing the agency there this year. I went two years ago and I remember it being quite the madhouse. Of course, that was also the year it was out at the docks, next to nothing.
So, what do agents do at the London Book Fair? Meet with other agents and publishers in the rights center. I crammed my schedule full the year I went and Cameron has done the same. For weeks leading up to the Fair, the agency collaborated on putting together the rights list (a catalog of what subsidiary rights are available on our backlist) and a special splash page with this year’s featured titles. Every minute we’re not in meetings pushing those books, we’re out on the floor, touring the booths and grabbing catalogs (and swag). I walked miles and miles and miles, it seemed.
This year I’m keeping up virtually…
Plus I’m reading blogs of other attendees (and being reminded what a rush the Book Fair can be): http://blog.oup.com/2008/04/lbf_on/
Loving Miss Daisy’s Survival Guide: http://missdaisyfrost.blogspot.com/2008/04/daisys-bookfair-survival-guide.html (hey, she was at the same Book Fair in the middle of nowhere somewhere next to London that I was).
Of course, there will be much more work after the Book Fair with requests from foreign publishers and agents for copies of the books they want to consider for subsidiary rights as well as sending follow-up information on authors in which they express interest. I say: Bring it.