Hello! It's been a while on this site due to commitments, India and contracting a nasty tummy bug whilst i was there... Just come back from the London Book Fair where we launched our new audiobook company. Had some promising meetings with a couple of distributors and publishers about providing ancilliary services. It's quite interesting to see the mentality of the agents, publishers and so on - from agents in their ivory towers on the second floor to the publishers and seminars where ebooks and digital publishing seems to be the watchword. But no one really has a cogent strategy or an answer to piracy or the big guys like Amazon etc. 360 deals seem to be the watchword with agents now stopping the gap between digital downloads and the author. Overall i was surprised by the attitudes to authors, generally quite hard to get close to agents (they're barred from upstairs - rights owners only). Also interesting to see the sales figures for the big guys - Harper Collins et al going down whilst the smaller labels increasing slightly. One of my old friends, Lucy Lord, has just been signed to HC for a trilogy of, er, hedonistic books. I'm really pleased for her. Until i heard i had no idea she was writing a book! So did anyone else go? Are there any other simlar trade fairs near you? Have you had any experience networking with other authors / publishers etc?