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Publishing News Roundup Series- All About the London Book Fair

by Maureen Crisp •  April 25, 2016  •   Follow

Published in News  •  6 comments


The London Book Fair is the biggest piece of news this week.

Many specialized groups had their eye on the fair this year. The Alliance of Independent Authors and Publishing Perspectives made themselves available this year for a focus on the fair. There has also been  lot of coverage for the fair, including a blog by Sukhi Jutla and a podcast by Joanna Penn:


Fair Learning


This week is all about the London Book Fair. (It is still Book Fair season.)


The Alliance of Independent Authors hosted a packed online conference at the London Book Fair. They had some wonderful speakers and have put blogposts up on their website with all sorts of juicy information and learning. This is well worth spending some quiet time trawling through. One of the standout events was a panel discussion on selling more formats into more countries.
Publishing Perspectives has their eye on the fair and the interesting ideas to come out of it and Lithub finds out how easy it is to get lost but then you find other things at the fair.
Sukhi Jutla has a great blog post on lessons learned at the London Book Fair.  This is of special relevance to independent authors or those thinking of the hybrid author model.


Joanna Penn has another great podcast, this week, on building your author business. This is an interesting subject because even if you follow the traditional approach to publishing you are still in the author business.


Mark Coker has released his 2016 survey on insights and habits of the bestselling authors on Smashwords. This is a comprehensive look at pricing sweet spots, box sets, etc. etc.


This week Passive Guy pointed out an interesting article in the WSJ about the new selling footprint of famous independent bookstore Shakespeare and Co. The new owner has turned it on its head. Is this the bookstore of the future?


In the Craft Section,
Character likeability and subtext– Jami Gold-Bookmark


In the Marketing Section,
Why school librarians are your best resource– Middle Grade Ninja- Bookmark


To Finish,
After spending so much time Book Fair related it is time to take a break. Bustle has an article on why authors should take a reading break every now and then. This is a funny post about the need to step away from books in order to write them.

About Maureen Crisp

Maureen Crisp has been writing her weekly publishing roundups for over seven years. She is a traditionally published children's author as well as indie-published. She lives in New Zealand and is heading the team organising the 4th National Conference of Children's Writers and Illustrators. She is currently trying her hand at writing a children’s book series if she can drag herself away from forever tweaking her Mars novel or obsessing over space.