Book fair organizers believe that it’s always good to give authors the opportunity to promote their works to a wider audience. LitFire Publishing, who is participating in the upcoming Frankfurt Book Fair, knows this all too well. LitFire also knows the ins and outs of book festivals considering that the company has been participating in numerous book fairs over the years.
If you decide on participating in a book fair, how do you go about surviving one?
It’s no surprise that a lot of people participate in book exhibitions, mostly authors who want to promote their work. Why do book fairs matter so much in today’s world, where technology is taking over? One could argue that the reading revolution comprises of books in digital format, but printed books still remain the same.
And this year, the Frankfurt Book Fair is off to take the cake once more as the biggest book festival in the world, raising the book fair banner one more time.
Here are a few pointers you can follow to make sure you get most out of your book fair experience:
Bring Your Toolkit. Organizers often provide book fair toolkits for participants to make handling and joining of numerous activities easier. Plenty of things can happen, so book fair companies have made efforts to provide people with toolkits.
Don’t Overspend. You’ll fall in love with a lot of books at book exhibitions; however, you should perhaps go for two books: one that’s familiar to you, and another that you’re not too familiar with.
Bring People Along. Now, you probably don’t like babysitting some friends who don’t love books as much as you, but book fairs are great for breaking them into the world of reading and writing. Book fairs expose your friends to thousands of books. Surely, one of these books will appeal to their taste.
Bring Snacks. You’ll spend hours browsing books, and for certain, you’ll feel peckish. It’s a good idea to bring snacks along as you’re walking through numerous titles. You’d want to enjoy even, so it’s best not to let a shabby hunger pang ruin things for you.
Have Bags at the Ready. Since you’re probably going to end up purchasing books, be sure to have a bag ready to carry the titles you’re buying. A moderately-sized bag will do, so you won’t end up overstuffing with other things like brochures, magazines, and pamphlets. Again, don’t splurge much on buying books, because your shoulders will hate you for it.
Focus on What You’re Looking For. To avoid overspending, you have to determine beforehand titles you’re searching for, or perhaps simply the genre or the author. Don’t wander off aimlessly and end up buying titles you probably won’t read. The other books will most likely be available in bookstores and online retailers anyway, so there is no need to get plenty of books at once.
Lastly, remember to enjoy your time at the book fair! LitFire encourages Frankfurt Book Fair participants to cherish even the simplest of moments in the yearly international book festival.