Rights round-up, Fair highlights and 2016 dates

The London Book Fair 2015 celebrated a wealth of publishing rights deals, launches and announcements made over the three days. Over 220 seminars gave insights across the world of publishing and audiences heard from top authors including David Nicholls, Deborah Moggach, Valeria Luiselli and Anthony Browne.

Visitors and exhibitors have fed back on their experiences over the three days and their thoughts on LBF’s new home, Olympia. Stephanie Hall from HarperCollins said: “the talks at the Fair have been excellent this year. The skills and development talks about the future skills necessary for publishing have been really useful”.

Adam Tuckwell, Cambridge University Press commented: “a new venue is always going to present challenges, but the Fair has felt fresh, buzzing and full of people passionate about publishing”.

Director, The London Book Fair, Jacks Thomas said: “The 44th London Book Fair was buzzing – the seminar and conference programmes were inspiring and informative, the deals being struck were plentiful and the literature showcased from Mexico will be travelling around the world as translation rights continue to be sold. People been very generous in their compliments about LBF 2015 and we thank everyone for participating in the Fair at our new home so enthusiastically.”

Rights round-up

  • Faber bought rights to the sequel to Viv Albertine’s memoir Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. (The Bookseller)
  • Headline acquired world rights to YouTube star Marcus Butler’s first book, Hello Life! (The Bookseller)
  • HarperCollins signed six-figure deals with fantasy writer Mark Lawrence and crime author Jane Casey (The Bookseller)
  • Pan Macmillan acquired world rights to a book from Sir Alan Sugar about his 10 years in TV – Sugar will use his 4m Twitter followers to crowdsource material (The Bookseller)
  • CUP launched OA Monograph Publishing service (The Bookseller)
  • Orion has bought a book by Alan Partridge, which will be written ‘with help’ from Steve Coogan and Rob and Neil Gibbons (The Bookseller)
  • Alice Peterson has moved from Quercus to Simon & Schuster in a six-figure deal (The Bookseller)
  • Transworld have won rights to The Almond and the Seashorse by neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore after a 12-publisher auction (The Bookseller)
  • Mantel has bought UK and Commonwealth rights to The Trap by Melanie Raabe after an ‘intense auction’ (The Bookseller)
  • HarperCollins announce new offices in four regions – Holland, Japan, Nordic, and Polska, and signed a four-book deal with Karin Slaughter (London Show Daily)
  • Groupon announced that they will start offering books to their 14m subscribers to give publishers’ backlist a ‘new lease of life’ (London Show Daily)
  • Knopf have signed anticipated debut Homegoing by 25 year old Yaa Gyasi, in a rumoured seven-figure deal (London Show Daily)
  • Brian May launched The London Stereoscopic Company, ‘a new fine-art publishing company’ (London Show Daily)
  • Hutchinson in the UK and Avery Books in the US have bought The Book of Joy: Finding Enduring Happiness in an Uncertain World (autumn 2016) by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu (London Show Daily)
  • Zappar, a leader in augmented reality experiences, announced a partnership with American actor and comedian Carl Reiner for his new book, The Secret Treasure of Tahka Paka published by Random Content
  • The seventh Publishing for Digital Minds Conference on Monday welcomed over 400 delegates from 31 countries and 50 speakers. In his keynote speech, Digital Author of the Day David Nicholls emphasised the importance of buying books from physical bookshops, saying that the practice of showrooming is like a ‘genteel form of shoplifting’.

Thursday saw the Fair’s first Creative Industries Day, with cross sector Rights Trading, an opportunity for visitors to learn from experts in the worlds of film, interactive, games and app development, as well as publishers of comics and graphic novels. The Literary Festival Forum on Thursday afternoon drew speakers from The British Council, Edinburgh Book Festival and Latitude Festival who shared their expertise with audiences involved in the festival industry. Industry professionals gathered for first Research and Scholarly Publishing Forum, where a half day of seminars helped international publishers navigate fundamental changes in the sector, improve business and develop new models and markets.

The LBF International Excellence Awards were presented in a ceremony on Tuesday night, with a truly global list of winners, including Library for All (US), BooXstream (Netherlands), China Publishing Group and Fraktura (Croatia). Peter Usborne, founder and Managing Director of Usborne Publishing received The Montegrappa Lifetime Achievement Award.

Crowds gathered at Author HQ on the show floor, where a full seminar programme over the three days provided clear, concise advice for how authors can interact with the publishing community. Agent one-on-ones were fully subscribed and agents, authors and publishers imparted insight to a host of aspiring authors.

The third edition of What Works? Successful Education Policies, Resources and Technologies welcomed an international line up of top level policy makers and publishers as well as speakers from major universities and international organisations to discuss the use of technology, policy and content in education.

LBF Mexico Market Focus has welcomed representatives of Caniem, Conaculta, FCE, Planeta and Sexto Piso to shine the spotlight on Mexico’s publishing industry. The handover ceremony took place at the Market Focus Pavilion on Thursday afternoon, with Mexico handing the baton to the IPA Congress for 2016.

The inaugural London Book and Screen Week offered visitors a week of stimulating events across the capital – ranging from Guardian masterclasses to Game of Thrones screenings, a Literary Death Match movie special and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2015. More events are scheduled for the weekend – the line-up can be found at: www.londonbookandscreenweek.co.uk.

Save the date for 2016!
The dates for The London Book Fair 2016 Fair are: Tuesday 12th to Thursday 14th April at Olympia. The Publishing for Digital Minds Conference will take place on Monday 11th April. We hope to see you there!

For all media enquiries about The London Book Fair 2015, please contact
Midas Public Relations
Felicity Denham | felicity.denham@midaspr.co.uk | 07825 580 945
Becky Short | becky.short@midaspr.co.uk | 07880 521 355

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