It was so unbelievably inspiring!
It was my first visit to a Book Show. Being a Brit, London seemed a great place to start. The London Book Fair, or LBF as it is also called, is second only to the Book Fair in Frankfurt. Held at the Olympia in London, it is the Mecca for publishers, agents, authors and everyone involved in the book industry. There are hundreds of exhibitions from all over the world. It was quite overwhelming. Where to look? And only two days to take it all in.
On the first floor there was a large part of the exhibition called The Author’s Corner. That was where I was headed.
I went to the LBF to learn. I’m still relatively new to the whole publishing and writing industry. As a self publishing writer I am also a publisher. So I have a lot to learn, not only about writing, but also about publishing, marketing and everything else that is involved. Plus, I had no benchmark. I didn’t really have a clue whether I was doing the right things and how far I was in my education. I wanted to talk to people, find out whether I was on the right track and frankly, to see if writing could actually be a career for me, or just a dream.
And learn I did. I spoke to an agent who seemed pleasantly surprised with the quality of the books in the Primal Series. He liked the cover and the blurb. He told me to get rid of the italics in the tekst, “if the writing is good, you don’t need then to show the different perspectives’. So, they’re out in the next versions 🙂
it was so fantastic to talk to other authors, exchange tips and listen to the experts. There were famous authors at the LBF who turned out to be very approachable. They freely offered advise and support.
Like most authors, I’m quite introverted and do not particularly enjoy large gatherings of people I don’t know. At the LBF, it was different. I have honestly never felt so at home in a crowd. I didn’t want to leave.
But as with everything, the LBF came to an end.
I’ve come home with tons of inspiration, lots of new friends, additional knowledge and a total conviction that this–writing–is what I want to do.
I’m definitely on the right track, I know that now, and doing great.
The icing on the cake was a Bookbub feature that went out on Friday and skyrocketed the sales of the books.
Watch this space. I’m pumped up to write more, and more and more.
Thank you to all of you, who have made this possible.
The link below takes you to the links for all my books.