Mini spring fairs a huge success but can't re-create live buzz, agents say

Mini spring fairs a huge success but can't re-create live buzz, agents say

Mini online book fairs held this spring have successfully plugged the gap caused by the delayed London and Bologna fairs, but can't match the real thing, agents and publisher say.

Broadly, agents told The Bookseller conversations conducted over Zoom and Microsoft Teams in the past few weeks were efficient, with one agency saying their virtual fair had matched any previous March business success. However, almost all parties report a strong desire to return to in-person meetings again.

Liane-Louise Smith, rights director at Madeleine Milburn, said staff had welcomed the opportunity to catch...

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