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The London Book Fair, Starring Authors

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger on Apr 25, 2013 9:56:35 AM

Last week, I found myself across the pond for The London Book Fair (LBF). It's a truly global exhibition, with people from all over the publishing world converging on Earls Court Exhibition Centre to talk books. CreateSpace had a booth there, and the staff who attended spent three days talking to authors about indie publishing.

Greetings from London!


A Lot Can Change in a Year

This was our second LBF, so it was interesting to see how conversations and attitudes have changed in just the past year. Many of the authors I talked to were already self-publishing, and they asked insightful questions about building their businesses as author entrepreneurs. Even those who hadn't yet launched their indie careers had already done their research and were at the show to examine their book publishing options. Here are some of the overarching themes I observed at LBF:

  • All About Authors: Plenty of authors attended the show last year. But this year, they were the stars, especially those on the indie or hybrid publishing tracks. LBF had more programming aimed directly at helping authors succeed this year, and the Authors Lounge area of the show was consistently packed. There really has never been a better time to be an author.

Authors TJ Cooke, Mel Sherratt, and KDP's Daniel Cooper at an Author Lounge presentation

  • Digital Is Where It's At: The Digital Zone area of the show features the latest advancements in the publishing world, including indie publishing. Last year, this area had a solid, if somewhat quiet, presence, but 2013's Digital Zone was at the center of the show buzz. Publishers Weekly observed the same thing. With independent authors, self-publishing, eBooks, and emerging technologies consistently on the rise, my guess is LBF will give this area even more attention next year.


Next up, you'll find CreateSpace exhibiting at Book Expo America in New York City. If you plan to attend, stop by our booth at #DZ1757 to say hello! Until then, you can always find us on Facebook and Twitter.




Amanda is the editor of CreateSpace's educational resources and social media channels.


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Apr 25, 2013 12:55 PM Hetman    says:

Yes I was there to and dropped by the stand. The authors lounge for me was the best part of the exhibition and the lectures were informative.

Apr 29, 2013 3:26 PM Madam847a    says in response to Hetman:

By next year I will have an ebook out and will be going to the book fair.

I have read that publishers are more likely to take on a self-published ebook rather than a self-published book in print. What do you think?