Frankfurt Book Fair 2016

written by Lee Strauss | Indie Publishing, Lee Strauss

October 26, 2016

My first time at Frankfurt Book Fair. This is actually my third major book fair, I've gone to 2 in London, and I have to admit I still don't really get what goes on there! 🙂

I know there are “deals” being made, rights being sold, but I have no idea how this happens. Between agent and editor? Author and publisher? Certainly not with me, lol.

And why do so many non-writers go? I mean, on Saturday when it was open to the public and not just to industry people it was PACKED.  And many fair goers had dressed up in costume. There was a great energy there, but from what I could see, it didn't seem like these people were actually buying books. At least, I never saw any checkout counters. The fact that most of what went on was in German makes it even more enigmatic for non-German speakers like myself.

Still, I had fun with my friend Claudia, and made a few good connections.



We're here!


Friday wasn't open yet for the public, only industry registrants.


Saturday was way more crowded. Practically had to elbow your way to get anywhere.


There was a decent-sized self-publishing section that I was happy to see.

A good sign that the attitude to indie publishing in Germany is changing.



Went all weekend without getting a photo together

– one in front of the bookstore at the train station will do!


Large advertisement in the main train station in Frankfurt.

Wouldn't it be cool to be featured there?


Until next time, Frankfurt!

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