The Frankfurt Book Fair has a guest programme for international visitors from NICs (I think it means Newly Industrialised Countries) and this year they have invited Modjaji Books to be a guest, in particular, me as the publisher at Modjaji. The invitation comes out of meeting the people from the Frankfurt Book Fair at the Cape Town Book Fair for the past few years, in particular Corry von Mayenburg, who manages this programme. We even get to have a small stand at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
A little about the Frankfurt Book Fair:
For a few days in October, Frankfurt is home to the worldâ€™s biggest international trade fair for publishing and for every professional who produces and sells books or other media. Last year more than 7.300 exhibitors from 100 countries presented their books, magazines, maps, multimedia products and art works in our exhibition area in Frankfurt. 299.000 visitors came to visit thismost important event of the book trade.
This year's fair is from the 12th to the 16th of October, and as guests we arrive a few days early for an introductory seminar.
The seminar will give you an introduction about the structure and development of the German publishing trade and deal with distribution, rights & licences and marketing in publishing houses. We will also cover the field of book design. On Monday, October 10 the seminar will end at noon.
The invitation is an extremely generous one, covering almost all expenses and costs, and I am really looking forward to going to the biggest International Book Fair, and guess what, Iceland is the focus country. Let's hope that is all Iceland has to offer in October.
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