The London Book Fair - Earls Court - 11-13 April 2011

The publishing and book selling world has descended on London for the 40th London Book Fair  at Earls Court. I've attended many Book Fairs including the gigantic Frankfurt Book Fair, which takes place in Germany in October every year, but I always enjoy going up to the London Book Fair, not only because it is on home ground but it also provides the opportunity to catch up with the people I know in the publishing world and make new contacts. I'm meeting my overseas agents from France, Spain and Italy and my publisher.

As an author (or even if you are a budding author) it is always worthwhile attending the London Book Fair, not to tout your book around but to gather intelligence and information.  Take the time to visit the publishers stands, collect a copy of their catalogues to understand what they publish and don't publish; see the vast range of small and medium sized publishers there are, and attend some of the very useful seminars on offer. One of the major themes running through the fair this year is digital publishing, a very hot topic, but there are also seminars on self publishing, graphic novels, selling TV rights, historical fiction and more. It's well worth a visit if you can make it.

The Bookseller reports that a record number of exhibitors are set to showcase at the London International Book Fair next week

Just over 1,670 exhibitors were booked last year, but organisers estimated 30% were unable to attend after the travel disruption caused by the Icelandic volcanic eruption. Burtenshaw said: "People are looking forward to meeting up and moving on."

Publishers and agents are anticipating a bustling fair, reporting packed-out meeting schedules and a higher number of American visitors.