An Inspired Guide to the Frankfurt Book Fair!

Excitement is building for this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair and here at Inspired Selection, our FBF team is busily scheduling in meetings with all our attending clients and brushing up on their German phrases!

Our Deputy Managing Director, Donald Smith, is a seasoned Book Fair attendee and has put together an engaging summary along with some top tips to all those who are jetting off next week. This is the first in a series of lead-up campaigns we are running so do keep an eye on our Twitter page too! #FBM14


So, it’s your first visit to one of publishing’s major events of the year! If you’re in Trade or Education publishing you’re likely to be making that long walk from the Book Fair entrance to Hall 8 or if your interest is in Academic or STM publishing you could be looking for Hall 4.2.

Once on site you will realise that there are quite a few different halls dealing with different publishing cultures from around the globe (that’s why the big publishers are called ‘global’).

There are a number of mini buses which travel between each of the halls, so if you get some free time, be sure to take a trip outside and you might find an open air market or two for some souvenir hunting!

The key point about the Frankfurt Book Fair is that it is a real centre of activity in the sale of rights between publishing companies worldwide and a terrific forum for publishing people to meet, formally and informally, and to attend a wide variety of seminars and talks about issues which are relevant to the industry today, e.g. Big Data, Open Access, Digital Publishing, Amazon ……..etc.

Most publishing companies will have a large presence of Rights sales staff, seated at tables on their stands and have walls displaying new products, existing products and increasingly screens to present their digital offerings.

Mostly the Rights team will have back to back meetings on half hourly pre-booked appointments with their customers.

If you are going as a Rights Assistant, then this is where you get the opportunity to meet and mingle with many of your international customers and learn the basics of your future career.

How can you find a potential customer to sell the rights in your new product in Brazil? How do you find someone to buy the overstocks of your English language titles in sub-Saharan Africa?

Come to Frankfurt Book Fair!

Each Hall has a plethora of coffee, snack and sandwich stations plus a few seated areas. Find the nearest one to your stand and this will help orientate you so that you can find your way back to the stand!

As a visitor to the Book Fair for the first time, you don’t have to be fluent in German (although it is an advantage) but worth having the following available:

Wo ist Halle acht                             Where is Hall 8

Ein kaffe bitte                                   A coffee, please

Zwie bier bitte                                  Two beers, please

Quittung                                            Receipt (for the above, dinner, taxi)


So, all set? Bags packed? Dummies ready? Sales material to hand? Got your Euros?

Enjoy your first Frankfurt Book Fair and remember, next year you’ll be an expert!



The SYP Launches a Brand New Mentoring Scheme for 2014..

See details below of a fantastic new initiative launched by the Society of Young Publishers for 2014:

“The Society of Young Publishers is delighted to announce a new mentoring scheme for
young publishing professionals in 2014.
Intended to help young SYP members to build contacts and advance in their chosen
field, the scheme will feature successful, dynamic young mentors from five different areas  of publishing. In a departure from traditional one-on-one mentoring arrangements, each will mentor 5–10 young professionals in their own area of expertise over five group sessions, meeting in London roughly every 2 months for the remainder of the year.

Confirmed mentors include: Auriol Bishop, Creative Director at Hodder (design and
brand management); Sophia Blackwell, Marketing Manager at Bloomsbury (marketing
and publicity); Chrissy Charalambides, Key Account Manager at Penguin Random
House (sales); Hellie Ogden, Agent at Janklow & Nesbitt (author representation); Max
Porter, Senior Editor at Granta (editorial skills); and Mark Richards, Editorial Director
at John Murray Press (editorial skills).

SYP Vice Chair Federico Andornino said: “Talking with our fellow SYP committee
members – all young publishing professionals in the early steps of their careers – we
realised we needed a tool to help those who find themselves in a similar situation.”

SYP Chair 2014 Helen Youngs added: “The SYP’s aim has always been to inspire and
help people learn and progress in this ever-changing industry, and we could not be more thrilled to have such a fantastic group of mentors on board.”

SYP members under the age of 30, who have been working in publishing for between
one and five years, will be able to apply for the scheme by emailing a CV and cover letter  to by 7 March 2014.

More information on the mentor scheme and how to apply will be available on the SYP’s
website: Press enquiries should be directed to Rebecca
Needes at”