Bookings open for LBF’s Agent One-to-One program

Literary agents to guide writers

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London Book Fair

The London Book Fair (LBF), UK’s biggest gathering of international publishers and agents, has opened bookings for its Agent One-to-One program, which takes place at LBF’s Author HQ – the area of the fair dedicated to established as well as aspiring writers.

The Agent One-to-One meetings will take place across the three days of the book fair, with authors having an opportunity to talk directly to an agent from leading literary agencies about their books, seek advice about any stage of the writing process, and receive direct feedback on pitches and ideas.

Participating agents this year include representatives from Curtis Brown, AM Heath, HHB, Eve White, LBA, The BKS Agency, United Agents, The Blair Partnership, Gold Leaf Literary, Peters Fraser & Dunlop, Kate Barker, Andlyn, and C&W. Between them, the agents’ areas of interest cover everything from children’s publishing, middle grade and YA, to SF and fantasy, as well as literary fiction, commercial fiction, historical fiction and crime thrillers. Narrative non-fiction and memoir are also covered.

Meetings are by appointment only and need to be booked in advance of the fair and to ensure that the visitors are matched with an agent that specializes in their genre of writing, it is important to view their schedule before booking. The cost of the tickets is £25.

Author HQ, one of the most popular features of the fair, will have plenty on offer for both established and aspiring writers, including a three-day seminar program with industry experts and authors taking to the stage to share their expertise and experience. All Author HQ events are free to attend with the purchase of a three-day pass, which is required to access the London Book Fair.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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