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Bologna Children’s Book Fair—Days 2 Thru 4

STATUS: Currently sitting on a terrace in Florence and drinking wine.

What’s playing on the iPod right now? Nothing at the moment.

I’m back!

A bad internet connection at my hotel made any daily blogging difficult. I actually tried popping up to press room one afternoon as it had been rumored there was free internet there. Alas, that was not so. I’m also on vacation this coming week so I’m going to post a bunch of entries today to get you through the week.

Bologna in a Wrap Up.

1. The “big” book of the fair was a middle grade fantasy called EMERALD ATLAS. From the buzz I heard, there was a large auction in the US for the title at the same time a lot of foreign publishers decided to kick in some good money as well.

On the whole, this was seen as a positive sign that middle grade could make a little resurgence soon as sales have been slow in this arena—despite a lot of editors looking for good MG material.

2. Almost all foreign editors expressed some fatigue in vampires, werewolves, angels, demons, and all things paranormal. Despite that, these titles were still selling like crazy in their territories so I’m not sure what to tell you. I actually got a lot of interest in my fun vampire books as they are a bit different but on the whole, foreign editors weren’t jumping on things paranormal unless it was a ‘big” book.

3. YA is still hot.

4. Foreign editors love Ally Carter. She seems to be the one non-paranormal author who works well abroad. We just found out she is a bestseller in Brazil. How fun is that?

There it is in a nutshell really.

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11 Responses

  1. KFran said:

    That’s good news about middle grade books. I also read that Harper Teen picked up a new series in a seven figure deal from a debut YA author named Josephine Angelini.

  2. Erin Edwards said:

    Thanks for posting! I was really curious about trends in Bologna this year for some reason.

    I don’t want to hop on a trend just to hop on, but I don’t want to miss the one that my book would fit into either.

  3. Marie Lu said:

    Oooh, sipping wine on a terrace in Florence! Words cannot begin to express my envy. 🙂

  4. Natalie Aguirre said:

    Your nutshell of information is so helpful. I’m glad to hear that there’s a need for more middle grade fiction since that’s what I write.
    Have a great vacation.

  5. Jennifer Spiller said:

    Thank you for taking the time to blog even with your vacation looming!
    I’m curious. What is considered a ‘big’ book? Is it a book with a lot of buzz, or one of extreme length, a la Twilight etc?

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