The organisers of the 2015 Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair (CCBF) today (10th June) opened its fellowship programme, which pays for international children’s publishing representatives to attend the fair.
2015 Shanghai Visiting International Publishers programme runs from 10-14th November and was created to help publishers understand the Chinese market. Anyone working in children’s publishing, including publishers, editors and other children's literature specialists, can apply to take part.
Successful applicants will be taken to visit the fair as well as to meet Chinese publishers, libraries and bookshops. All hotel fees and transport costs are covered by the organisers.
Emma Hopkin, m.d. of Bloomsbury Children’s, was the only British publisher to take part last year.
She said: “The Shanghai VIP project gave me a valuable and unrivalled opportunity to get to know the Chinese publishing industry - the structure, decision-making processes, business practices, key stakeholders and trends - in a very short space of time. We were able to capitalise on the opportunities given – and achieved concrete results directly from attending the VIP programme and the fair.”
The application form can be downloaded from CCBF website. The deadline for applications is the 30th June.