NetGalley goes to the London Book Fair!

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The sun shone boldly on to the glass roof of Olympia, as the London Book Fair went back to the future last week. Moved from its recent home of Earls Court, the Fair relocated to its previous premises – with most of those present happy with the big, airy spaces and palpable buzz in the main hall. It took some getting used to – many people took a while to find their own stands, let alone other publishers! – but the overwhelming consensus was that this was a positive and exciting show.

Getting all of publishing together is a mammoth task, and it was fascinating to see, once again, how indie authors and publishers are increasingly taking this opportunity to draw attention to their books. There were many interesting talks and discussions going on at the Author HQ, as well as poetry, author interviews and a focus on work coming out of Mexico, the featured country this year.

There was no real book of the fair – one title that dominated rights deals from around the world – but all the publishers I talked to said that there were some really interesting titles being sold and discussed. Perhaps the biggest and most boisterous moment, however, was not in the deals being struck, but the appearance of Conchita Wurst at the John Blake stand. Apparently her appearance caused one high-profile book person to turn into a star-struck schoolboy!

As for NetGalley, we were very busy indeed, meeting with new and existing publishers. We also managed to sign a deal with a very exciting publisher, which will be announced soon – it’s a great addition to NetGalley’s UK portfolio, and one we know you will love.

Now that the stands have been taken down and the postcards and tote bags put in storage, it’s now all eyes on Book Expo America. Come and say hi at our booth between May 27 and May 29th!


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