Publishers keep a watchful eye on intricate non-fiction as LBF approaches

Publishers keep a watchful eye on intricate non-fiction as LBF approaches

Against a background of unease as to whether London Book Fair will still go ahead—in the wake of the spread  of the coronavirus across Europe, reports of mass cancellations of meetings at the fair and the postponement of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair—anticipation has nonetheless been building in this key buying time for  the industry, with an uptick in agented submissions and deals brokered in recent weeks. Emerging trends include a craving for fiction with “huge emotional punch” as well as continued interest in ‘soft self-help’, the “professional confessional”, and books waxing lyrical ...

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