Attending Your First International Book Fair


Selling rights might appear daunting but with the correct knowledge, timing and preparation, entering this exciting world may be easier than you think. International sales can be a valuable source of revenue while bringing new attention to your list and your authors.

Topics include:

  • Selling rights—yes or no?
  • Choosing the right book fair(s)
  • Getting there: stand selection, preparation, catalogues, materials and shipping
  • Building a schedule and maximizing your time
  • Finding the right publisher
  • Book fair Do’s and Don’ts
  • Following-up, sending materials and maintaining your network
  • And much more!

This practical, hands-on webinar is designed to provide rights managers and emerging-exporters with the tools and knowledge to succeed at their first international event.

Please note that this webinar was also offered in French

This webinar was produced in tandem with our market guide on the same topic, Attending an International Book Fair: A Guide for First-Time Participants


Catherine Mitchell has been passionate about bringing Canadian books to global audiences since entering the fascinating world of rights at Tundra Books many years ago. A bilingual publishing and rights consultant, Catherine’s primary joy is working as an agent for boutique publishers who are keen to advance their lists by selling rights at major book fairs. She has worked with a long and diverse list of provincial and national publishing associations and arts agencies in Toronto, Ottawa, and Montréal on a variety of projects to promote and enhance Canadian publishing initiatives at home and abroad. Catherine is also a faculty member of the Creative Book Publishing program at Humber College in Toronto where she teaches the international publishing course.

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