On Tuesday I went along to the London Book Fair. I was expecting to be overwhelmed and I was but I also really enjoyed myself.
I was invited to enjoy tea and cake with the lovely Non and Pip from Catnip and Bounce Marketing. These two ladies are two of my favourite publishing people because they are so friendly and welcoming of blogger ideas. It was a real treat. They spoke to us a little bit about their upcoming titles:
Clash by Colin Mulhern – A UK debut!
The Deeping Secrets by Victor Watson – which is the second in a series of war time mysteries for the 9+ market. I’ve read the first book Paradise Barn and I really enjoyed it. The review is coming soon to The Bookette.
We also talked about some top secret stuff so you’ll have to wait for more on that...
The other thing we talked about was the current trends in YA. I know I am already sick of dystopian fiction. I think that happens when you’re a reviewer because you get everything and publicists are pushing it so much because it is expected to be BIG. But you’re already over it because you’ve read way too much of it.
So what’s the next big thing? It’s a difficult one to answer. I’d like it to be crime fiction for teens but that’s just me. I’d also like it to be fiction set in Australia because I happen to have a little addiction. Frankly, I haven’t got a clue but if anyone wants to share their wisdom then go for it.
After our meeting, I went off and wandered the book fair which is a completely overwhelming experience. There are just so many publishers. What really struck me as I wandered was the size of some publishers. Some stands were like the Titanic and other were little dinghys in the sea of publicity. I really made me think how important it is to support the smaller, less powerhouse publishers.
In the afternoon I got to attend the Reading Agency Reading Roadshow which was a showcase of new fiction for the coming months. I was there in work mode making notes of books that will be great for the school library. For instance, younger graphic novels which are age appropriate. Some manga is just too controversial for the primary school library.
There were ten publishers showcasing their books. Each publicity team had five minutes to talk about up to five titles. There was a bit of a timing issue, I have to say. The publishers at the beginning got much longer than five minutes and the publishers at the end were given just the five minutes which was a shame.
Here are some of the books that were spoken about:
All links go to Goodreads...
Bruised by Siobhan Parkinson - Hodder
He’s After Me by Chris Higgins – Hodder
Momentum by Saci Lloyd - Hodder
Tarzan: The Greystoke Legacy by Andy Briggs – Faber (Andy was actually there and spoke about his new book himself. He was really funny. I get the feeling that this is going to be a big hit at school).
Sky Hawk by Gill Lewis – OUP
Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick – Simon and Schuster
Sister, Missing by Sophie McKenzie – Simon and Schuster
Embrace by Jessica Shirvington – Orchard
Heist Society by Ally Carter – Orchard 9 (I’m treating myself to this when it is out in May)
Twilight Robbery by Frances Hardringe – Macmillan (Frances must be the most eccentric author ever! She spoke about all her books which I really want to read. I know my students love Fly By Night – her first book).
Long Lankin by Lindsay Barraclough – RHCB (Lindsay was there too! She talked about how she came to write the book. It sounds really scary but I know lots of you have been enjoying it).
One Dog and his Boy by Eva Ibbotson – Scholastic (I cannot wait to read this)
Six Words and a Wish by Karen McCombie – Scholastic (I just got this for review. It looks fun and girly. I’m thinking Cathy Cassidy fans will love it).
Duty Calls: Dunkirk by James Holland – Puffin
The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean by David Almond – Puffin
Swim the Fly by Don Calame – Bounce/ Templar (I have this one and I cannot wait to start it. I’m waiting for a sunny day to read it. Definitely a humourous summer read).
There is lots of exciting YA fiction coming out over the summer and into the autumn.
Which books top your wishlist right now?