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Recap from the Book Fair, SCBWI evening and congrats to Rebecca!

On Friday, I went to the book fair with Carolin (if you don´t know her, you should totally follow her on Twitter). The goal was to roam the Frankfurt Book Fair before our SCBWI reception.

And wow…The amount of people at the Book Fair, the atmosphere, the books everywhere: impressive…Here is a recap of my afternoon/evening in pictures:

Arriving at the fair

The Book Fair also happened outside

Look at this display of Across the Universe in German…


That´s where the agents hang out and work

Some facts

  • The amount of foreign publishers at the Frankfurt Book Fair is amazing, ranging from Mexico, Slovakia, Greece, Turkey…the stands of the French publishers is biiiiig and I loved cruising through them. There was a lot of daydreaming going on that afternoon on where my books could end up one day.
  • Not everything around the Children/YA books is Children/YA related…I ended up with a condom which said “Save the bitch” as someone handed me a goodie and I thought it was some candy 🙂 I´m still laughing about it.
  • Being around that many books and professionals is humbling.
  • Some books only had covers. Carolin and I thought we had a scoop with the sequel of Veronica Rossi but nope, there was a cover and blank pages.

After strolling around and taking some breaks for fresh air (it was hot in there) talking about books and writing, Carolin and I headed to the SCBWI reception, where apparently I proved that my clumsiness can show up at the most random places. (Kirsten, if you´re reading this, I´ll take the sippy cup for my wine next time :-)).

There, I got to talk to fellow writers, re-connect with the people from the area of Frankfurt and meet new people. It was great. It´s really wonderful to just be around other writers/illustrators. The energy, the discussions, it´s a lot of fun and I learned a lot.

Plus, I got to see and hold an ARC of Level 2 (and didn´t even put it in my bag :D), no really Lenore´s book sounds amazing. And yes, I may have gaped while listening to her experience with publishing in a restaurant after the reception.

The ARC and a magnet (I got to keep the magnet :D)
Gaping at Lenore….

So yes, basically, it was an AMAZING afternoon and evening…

And…something else which made me VERY happy last week was to read Rebecca´s announcement about her book selling . The story sounds wonderful and Rebecca is amazing, sweet and talented.  You can read all about her and her writing here (and if you haven´t yet, maybe you can pass by to congratulate her :-))


Tell me, how was your week? How about your weekend?


10 thoughts on “Recap from the Book Fair, SCBWI evening and congrats to Rebecca!”

  1. Frankfurt sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing your experiences with us. I’ve never done BEA properly (partial days, and for my day job–so I couldn’t go to all the panels or signings I wanted to); this is convincing me that I need to take a day for BEA this year. Conferences/fairs are just so energizing and inspiring.
    And thanks also for making my night (and a Sunday night facing a crazy work week, no less!) with your shout-out! 🙂

  2. It looks like so much fun! I love being surrounded by books! I go to this small book fair in Rochester, NY every year and I love meeting other authors, and all the teens who are so excited about reading! I can’t believe people even camped out!

  3. Wow–sounds like you had a great time, Elodie… and why wouldn’t you? All those books and writers! 🙂 It would be nice to be able to get out to a big book fair sometime. Thanks for sharing your experience and pictures! 🙂

  4. This SCBWI conference sounds like it was tons of fun! I can’t even imagine sitting down with an author and even having the chance to gape. 😛 I’m glad you enjoyed yourself so much!

  5. The London Book Fair is always the highlight of my year, I wonder if the Frankfurt Book Fair is very different or if these things are quite similar… Glad to hear you had a good time!

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