Publishers splash the cash at virtual FBF, as Garmus and Brown take centre stage

Publishers splash the cash at virtual FBF, as Garmus and Brown take centre stage

Though the 71st Frankfurt Book Fair opened with its typical buoyant and buzzy halls replaced by the hushed sterility of online streaming platforms, publishers, agents and rights directors have reported an “incredible” quantity and quality of manuscripts—perhaps owing to an increase in traffic following the cancellation of book fairs early in the year, and the “measured” submissions that highlight more stand-out titles. 

For trends, there has been a clear focus across fiction, non-fiction and children’s on books that touch on mental health and well-being, racial issues and grief. Coronaviru...

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