Although we visit The London Book Fair every year, it must be said that this time it was somewhat special – for two reasons: for the first time in many years it took place in March and not April (a small difference, you might say, but still… ;)), but mainly due to the fact that Poland was this year’s Market Focus country! Our special presence could not remain unnoticed, with banners hanging in every hall, with posters of such great authors as Olga Tokarczuk and Andrzej Sapkowski at the main entrance, and with the enormous, Polish stand, smelling of wood and apples (stored in boxes for everyone to take), where numerous publishers presented their books.

Macadamia also had a small input in promoting our beautiful country during the Fair – our special emissary, Kamila, together with Sandra Sawicka of Marjacq Agency London, prepared a presentation entitled
„Licensing Books to and from Poland – overview of the Polish market”, during which she talked about the market and gave advice on how to sell Polish translation rights in Poland and how to make Polish editors fall in love with your book.

Of course, our visit wouldn’t be complete if it wasn’t for meetings with our dear clients – discussing successes we shared last year and talking about the forthcoming projects. One of the new titles worth mentioning is “Annabelle”, a gripping Swedish crime novel featuring brilliant detective Charlie Lager. The author, Lina Bengtsdotter, is already working on the second book in the series, and the title itself stirred up strong interest among publishers: it has already been sold to six countries, and there are still a few auctions taking place. We also have quite a few interesting non-fiction titles, also those addressing the current situation in the world (like “White Rage” from Bloomsbury), but also, just as last year, plenty of fantastic YA and middle grade titles. One of them, “Kid Normal” from Bloomsbury (a story about a completely regular boy who ends up in a school for superheroes), was even featured on the cover of “The Bookseller Daily” newspaper on Wednesday!

Now we are waiting to see what The Bologna Book Fair (starting on April 3rd!) will bring us!