The Frankfurt Book Fair in Pictures

I attended the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair and I wrote a really cool blog post about it, which you can find the link to below. But I had too many pictures to post them all in one place, so here are a few more.

Frankfurt Book Fair in Pictures by Victoria M. Johnson

Detlef Bierstedt a.k.a. George Clooney

Amazon Publishing’s Booth

Detlef Bierstedt is the George Clooney of Germany. Let that sink in a moment. He is a German actor who is the voice of George Clooney (among others) in American movies that are voiced-over for German audiences. He is also the voice in many audio books for Amazon Publishing.

Frankfurt Book Fair in Pictures by Victoria M. Johnson

We all sat on book cover stools. Um, I didn’t see my book cover.

Amazon booth at Frankfurt book fair

Editors answering questions and meeting with clients.

Victoria M. Johnson

That’s me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scenes From the Book Fair Floor

Frankfurt Book Fair pitching

Literary agents, authors, publishers and other book professionals pitching projects.

celebrity author

An author talk ended with attendees wanting an autograph and photo.

Children's books in Spanish

Edelvives, a children’s book publisher from Spain.

Frankfurt book fair floor

Books everywhere.

Calendar Exhibit

Some of the calendars on display were several feet wide.

Calendar Exhibit

Hundreds of calendars on exhibit.

Where's Waldo German calendar

I found Waldo in Frankfurt!

Frida Kahlo calendar

Lovely Frida Kahlo calendar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Champagne time!

Many of the vendors hosted parties in the evening. Lots of champagne, wine, Hors d’oeuvres, and live entertainment.

music at Frankfurt book fair

Live entertainment throughout the book fair floors.

champagne

Champagne toast

champagne time

Me with editor Lauren Edwards. Cheers!

 

If you want to find out the fascinating story behind the pictures, and I know you do, then click the link to my Classic and Cozy guest post: What Really Happens at the Frankfurt Bookfair

 

 

Creative Spaces — Guest Post by Beate Boeker

Creative Spaces

My workspace is one of the smallest and least impressive looking author offices you can imagine. It’s in the middle of the living room, and while writing, I’m reclining in a loom armchair with my feet up on a multi-cushioned stool, lifting my legs high. My keyboard is on my lap, and as I tend to freeze easily, I’m usually swathed in one to three extra blankets, with the occasional curl sticking out. Not that it’s always freezing in Germany, where I live, but it’s always good to have an extra blanket handy! I love that writing position and feel that it’s important for my health because I sit in an office all day long and all that sitting is not good. At least, while it’s technically still sitting, this gives me a bit of variation. It also makes me feel very relaxed. Basically, I don’t like to sit on chairs. I much prefer to sit on the floor!

My flat screen is fixed with a bracket to the wall, and I can swivel it around, depending on the jobs I do. When writing a novel, I turn it so that it looks more like a book. In doing so, I can make the print very large and still see a lot of text (which is necessary because I’m far away from the monitor due to my reclining position!).

Another essential is a mug with green tea next to me. I easily down half a gallon while writing without noticing it. My somewhat antique wooden desk is only there to hold my mug and my mouse and a notebook. It has roughly the size of a standard towel and boasts a tiny, overstuffed drawer. I like that it’s small because I don’t work well in cluttered surroundings, and I’ve learned that it’s easier to keep a small place under control than a large one. 😉

Creative Spaces -- Guest Post by Beate Boeker

German author Beate Boeker’s creative writing space is in the middle of her living room.

Usually, people say they can’t work when surrounded by people, but I like it because it makes me feel that I’m still with my family and not shut apart from them. I read them excerpts, discuss my plots and just continue when any immediate emergency (like finding those very important trousers or judging a brand-new drawing) is dealt with. It’s only when I’m writing very touching scenes that I need silence around me. I never listen to music while I write because music changes my mood dramatically, and that would reflect in the novel.

As to my books, I’m writing romances and cozy mysteries with mischief and humor and am just busy plotting the fourth novel in the series Temptation in Florence. The second novel (Charmer’s Death) will be free May 15 – 19, but if you want to start at the beginning, here’s the link to Amazon for the first, Delayed Death.

The most important advice I would give to any aspiring author: Learn the craft from professionals, and then, persevere. Never give up. It takes years to learn any other job, so give yourself time. While writing, little voices will tell you that it’s all crap, all boring, and that nobody will ever want to read this. Don’t listen. Write on. The little voices are wrong, and if you take advice from professional writers, your writing will shine one day.

Creative Spaces -- Guest Post by Beate BoekerBio:  Beate Boeker is a traditionally published author since 2008 and has 11 novels and short stories online available. Some of them were shortlisted for the Golden Quill Contest, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the “best indie books of 2012” contest.

Beate is a marketing manager by day and a writer by night. She has a degree in International Business Administration and her daily experience in marketing continuously provides her with a wide range of fodder for her novels, be it hilarious or cynical.

Widely traveled, she speaks German (her mother language), English, French and Italian fluently and lives in the North of Germany together with her husband and daughter.

While ‘Boeker’ means ‘books’ in a German dialect, her first name Beate can be translated as ‘Happy’ . . . and with a name that reads ‘Happy Books’, what else could she do but write novels with a happy end?

Although being German, she has chosen to write in English because she appreciates the professional support and training opportunities a writer can find in the US.  Contact Beate Boeker on her Website, Facebook page, Amazon author page, Goodreads author page, and on Twitter: @BeateBoeker

Also, check out Beate’s Book Trailer.

Creative Spaces -- Guest Post by Beate Boeker