• Thursday, November 30, 2023

Programme for Bologna Books Plus revealed

on Jan 31, 2022

BolognaBooksPlus (BBPlus), the conference and training programme came up with sessions on how to become a successful literary agent, understanding licensing, and book jacket design. It also accompanies the Italian children’s book fair. 
BBPlus, launched in June 2021, runs along with the annual fair. This year, the conference will host a series of curated events from 21st to 24th March 2022. 

Titled “Call Your Agent: How to Become a Successful Literary Agent” is a half-day training programme to be held on 22nd March, it will offer educational sessions on how to get into business. With this, another session will be running alongside, “How to Sell Rights and Understand Licensing in Children’s Books”. It is aimed at those people who are starting out in rights, contracts, and licensing in children’s publishing. It will be delivered by children’s rights experts, featuring discussions about merchandising, selling process, copyrights, IP, and licensing. 

Another session is on 21st March, “How to Self-Publish in Italy and Abroad” which is a half-day event. It will cover insights into the Italian self-publishing scene and beyond, and understanding the process of self-publishing from beginning till the end. 

The whole programme will also feature two sessions on design which includes a competition, “International Jacket Design”. It will focus on six markets inviting entries for their individual “best of the best”. It will be featured in an exhibit within BolognaBookPlus and a winner awarded on March 24th. 

Different formats and designs of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaiden’s Tale will be critically analysed during “Jackets Off”, a showcase and a seminar that examines one title published across international editions.

Jacks Thomas, guest director for BolognaBooksPlus said: “After a virtual inaugural year in 2021,we are absolutely delighted that BolognaBooPlus is taking place in person this year, bringing and building on digital initiatives of last year. The programme will display the creativity, ingenuity and ambition of our industry across the globe, while introducing events and conferences that support the industry of tomorrow. Bologna is the heart of the book world for over the 50 years. It is the perfect opportunity to embrace everything that publishing has to offer. 

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