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Clive's Corner

October 22, 2013

The latest Frankfurt news from the Fremantle Press Sales, Rights and Distribution Manager, Clive Newman.

It took me 23 hours to reach Frankfurt this year – flight delays and connection mishaps left me sitting in the Emirates Lounge in Dubai for four hours at 2am!

I joined the glitterati at the Frankfurter Hof, where all the real publishers do their deals, to meet with an editor from a French publishing house, three hours after landing. I’m not sure that my tongue was connected to my brain, but she was good company and very politely asked for reading copies of two novels.

The Fair proper started for me at 9.30 the next morning. The forecast for the day was dreary and it was cold and wet. The weather didn’t seem to dampen the enthusiasm of the Australian contingent and the Australian aisle was as busy as ever and up to its usual high display standards.

Over the next two days I met with 37 literary agents and publishers’ representatives. Publications in our Rights Catalogue were well received and I am now happily negotiating a handful of contracts which will see titles from our list appear in France, Germany and North America … and hopefully a few more.

The flight home was only 18 hours.