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Saturday, 16 April 2011

Event Summary: London Book Fair

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?


Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Very cool! Crime fiction for teens? I would LOVE that. I adore mysteries.

Thomas Taylor said...

I recently blogged (in my ham-fisted way) about possible new trends in 9-12/YA, and came up with crime too. And aliens, though I get no prizes there.

prettybooks said...

I was at the London Book Fair also as I work for a small publishers and I noticed the massive differences between publishers in terms of their stalls.

I'm not bored of dystopian fiction as of yet. I love it and still think there's so much more to offer. I do worry about the extent that is being published this year though. I hope it won't become impossible to find the real gems.

Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read said...

Wow, the London Book Fair sounds absolutely amazing! I'm glad you had a great experience and got to learn so many new things.

I haven't read any dystopian YA fiction (although I have some of these stores on my wishlist), but I do agree that the genre is getting just a bit too popular and most of all, repetitive. I'd love to see some crime fiction for teens, sounds promising.

Jules (The Great, The Good and The Bad) said...

I'm an jealous, I would have loved to go to the book fair.

It sounds like you had a really interesting time.

I always find the new trends and the sudden turnabout in what becomes popular fascinating. I am still enjoying the Dystopian kick at the minute but I can imagine that I will tire of it eventually.

I am a new follower!


Sarah said...

Hi Becky, it was lovely to see you on Tuesday :o) I really hope Non & Pip find a book with the theme you suggested - I'd definitely want to read it!

Sounds like you had an interesting afternoon, I wish I could have stayed longer

Zoe Crook said...

It sounds like a really good day, wish I was there!

Katherine Roberts said...

I went to the London Book Fair once and WAS overwhelmed... but I'm glad you enjoyed it!

I know someone who is writing crime for teens (I think) - Anne Cassidy?

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SJH (A Dream of Books) said...

Sounds like you had a really good day. I'd love to attend the London Book Fair next year.

catdownunder said...

Well I have written one set in Australia and France and the one I am currently writing is set in Australia although the young hero is English. Whether either of them ever get published is in the lap of the great gods of publishing but I may be able to feed your addiction someday. In the meantime may I inquire why you have such an addiction. You sound much too sensible to have a romantic view of Downunder!

Mel said...

London Book Fair sounds fab - I wish I could have gone! Some of those books sounds great...

Although some crime in the YA will be a nice change of pace!

Becky said...

Thomas, I love your thinking!

Katherine, I would have been overwhelmed if I didn't have firm plans. I would have just stood there thinking so "why did I come?"

Catdownunder, I give the impression of being sensible? I must change that. You could say I grew up on a diet of Flying Doctors, Neighbours and Home and Away. My heartthrob is Simon Baker. So ummm... I may have a slightly romanticised idea of Australia. I'm sure there are people who have a romanticised view of England. They probably think we all speak like Hugh Grant and our PM dances to Girls Aloud in Number 10. But if it is good for tourism, I won't knock it.

I think it is the beaches and the surfing that appeals. I read a fab book set is Oz recently. Everybody Jam by Ali Lewis. Certainly no romanticism in that but it was fantastic. I want to hear more about your book...

Nikki-ann said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the London Book Fair. I had thought about going, but wasn't sure whether it was just an industry thing and if bloggers were welcome. I might just go next year now! :)

Anne said...

I would very much like the next big thing to be CRIME for teens. I have been ploughing this furrow for twenty years. Next year my series THE MURDER NOTEBOOKS will arrive. I have my fingers crossed.

prophecygirl said...

LBF sounds like it was brilliant. Thanks for telling us about all the new stuff coming up! :)

Jesse Owen said...

London Book Fair sounds like it was fab and I would love the next trend to be crime in YA. Fab post :D