If you have never considered attending Frankfurt Book Fair as a self-publisher, you might want to think again.
Apart from being the biggest book fair in the world, it is also the most important one when it comes to foreign rights. And this year there is even more: on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 October, they are offering a new international self-publishing and author programme in English. If you speak German, there are 5 days packed with events for self-publishers. As for the programme in English, you can find more information on the book fair‘s website
It is always advisable to book a hotel room as early as possible, because there is usually a shortage in the end due to the masses of fair visitors.
In case you are used to the size of, let‘s say the London Book Fair, you might be in for a surprise. The area in Frankfurt is so huge that they use shuttle buses to take you from one hall to another. I would advise women who love wearing high heels to think twice whether you really want to torture yourself – I saw ladies suffering badly in the past because they underestimated the long ways.
Due to the dimensions in Frankfurt, I would not advise to just go there to stroll and look whatever you can find. To make the most of it, I would plan ahead. Therefore I think the programme for self-publishers and authors is an interesting one and I intend to visit the fair myself.