- Remember to smile. Grumpy looking people tended to be avoided.
- Don't be wacky - people avoid you.
- Don't be too 'out there' - people won't 'get' what you are doing.
- Agents only want clients/authors with a guaranteed market for their books.
- Ask questions - people like to talk about themselves and what they do. They also seem genuinely happy to help.
- Supposedly most business is done at the parties in the evening!
- That, first and foremost content is King! In other words... to succeed you need a great book.
The website for the Frankfurt book fair stated that this was the biggest book fair in the world with over 7500 exhibitors from over 110 countries. I did not give this much thought when I bought my ticket online. When I arrived it dawned on me as just how big the fair was as I watched people run for the shuttle buses between halls. Frankfurt book fair is massive. It is the size of a village. To walk between the two furthest halls took me about fifteen minutes and once in a hall you can walk and walk and walk. It is great exercise and the handy masseurs dotted around the fair were most welcome.
Before I left for Frankfurt I had been told that it would be best if I made a plan of action - who I wanted to see, where they were going to be and when I could see them. This proved to be invaluable, otherwise I would have spent my time walking around like a headless chicken. I chatted with agents, publishers, start-up companies, other authors and was asked to contribute to two collaborative books. My main aim for the fair was to learn what the business of writing was about. So what did I learn through my observations and conversations:
is the author of the popular 'Adventures of Eric and Ursula' books. The series have been called 'wonderful' and 'fantastic' and are 5 star books on Amazon.