So. My third day at the London Book Fair, 2013.

Not much to say about today, at least when it came to the fair. I only stayed a little while this time, two hours at the most, walking around the stalls and booths and making notes to follow up. Also covertly watching the big rights meetings at many tables spread out across wide areas, and getting very excited to see posters for books I’ve waited avidly for – such as Ben Aaronovitch’s ‘Broken Homes’, and Neil Gaiman’s ‘The Ocean at the end of the Lane.’ I was very much hoping that they might have some books up for offer, but nope. Sigh.

However, I can put it on record that I actually – gasp! – talked to people. Of my own accord, and for more than a few seconds! I’m really too old to still be having this mental block when it comes to social matters, but damn it was satisfying, even if there was also a lot of terror sweat involved. Once you get going, it can be okay.

And everyone was so nice! That’s what was most important for me to take from this experience; the fair was filled with people taking part in a trade they’re passionate about and want to help other people get into – admittedly for good business reasons, but also to serve the book in all its different forms.

I really enjoyed these three days; I’ve learned a lot about possible career options, I’ve met some interesting people and found some options I might not have considered, and I walked around a lot with my mouth open without looking too much of an idiot, I hope.

Then I treated myself and went to Waterstones, an experience which shall be elaborated upon in another post.

So. My second day of the London Book Fair, 2013.

While yesterday was mostly taken up by seminars in the upper rooms, today was spent very much in the second hall, listening in on various presentations and debates to do with digital media. A whole lot of talk about social networking and marketing, marketing, MARKETING.


Circa 10.20: Arrive at Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre. Get badge scanned. Go into hall and hyperventilate.  That’s still a whole lot of people.

10.40: Catch the tail end of The Marketing Toolkit: How Translators can Make their Work Matter, 10.00 – 11.00 – speakers Ira Silverberg, Esther Allen, Max Porter and Chad Post.

I don’t know a great deal about translation, being a pathetic speak one-langue-only-person while kidding myself that I can sort of get by in reading French (something I need to rectify immediately) so it was fascinating to hear the importance of good translators being discussed, as well as the fact that they were often overlooked and were out of the limelight, although sometimes by design. There was talk about the importance of translating short stories and submitting them to the right places.

One lady asking a question, who was centered in Norwich, talked about the difficulty in getting to know about good translations and opportunities when you’re not in London. Still, the panelists believe that England is going through something of a Golden Age when it comes to translation. Ira Silverberg talked about a charming anecdote about ten years ago where a thing she was part of had organized six translators to present Don Quixote in six different languages; they thought no one would turn up and then they were having to turn people away!

They also emphasized the importance of translators getting to know the likes and preferences of their publishers when they were far away from geographically, in order to connect with them.

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So. My first day of The London Book Fair, 2013.

Back when I was preparing for the fair, I learned that Neil Gaiman was going to be present. I was overjoyed.

Then I learned he was only going to be present at the Digital Minds conference on the 14th, rather than the three days that the main fair would take place – and that the cost to attend said conference was £359.

To which I said accordingly, and probably for the first time ever, FML.

Even though I was not to see Neil Gaiman, sob sob, the first day of the London Book Fair was still very enjoyable and informative. Here follows a roster of the day:

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