Working Centre with access exclusively for Agents and Scouts. Information on registration and fees below.
The Literary Agents and Scouts Centre is the largest rights and licensing centre in the world. It is located in Hall 6.0, at the heart of the Frankfurt Book Fair.
Starting even before the fair on the Tuesday, talks and rights negotiations take place at more than 400 tables screened off from the general hurly-burly of the fair. During the Book Fair, everyone who’s anyone in the international agency scene makes use of the ideal working conditions and the inspiring atmosphere of the LitAg.
The admission to the LitAg is confined to registered agents and scouts as well as their businesspartners. Authors may enter solely with explicit invitation and a scheduled appointment.
"Having started a literary agency on my own in 1994, the Frankfurt Book Fair, and especially its Agents Rights Centre, was an essential place to build a community around Paulo Coelho, which helped him become one of the most relevant and admired authors worldwide.
The FBF is always a special and long-awaited time of the year in which we have the chance to meet our publishers face-to-face, discuss his authorship, improve new projects, plan the year ahead, get to know new publishers, open new markets and, last but not least, celebrate these achievements with the author, the publishers and the highly-professional Frankfurt Book Fair community."
Mônica R. Antunes is the Director of Sant Jordi Asociados, Agencia Literaria in Barcelona.
The agency represents the worldwide rights of the best-selling Brazilian author Paulo Coelho.
"The Frankfurt Book Fair can transform the hopes and dreams of an author. A place where a book can go from a local idea to a global phenomenon. It is one of two critical points in the year when international publishers come together to barter, debate and transact. It is also a place to remind us that publishing is a community of individuals with a common goal – the pursuit of great books."
Jonny Geller is the joint CEO of the Curtis Brown Literary Agency in London
"The Frankfurt Book Fair is a top event in every literary agent’s calendar. Modern technology is all well and good, but it will never be able to replace the importance of personal conversations, which are held here at 30 minute intervals. Where else can you find such a concentration of global players? Where else do you have the opportunity to peruse the titles and programmes of so many participating publishers? All roads lead to Frankfurt."
Sabine Pfannenstiel is Senior Agent at Andrew Nurnberg Associates.
"Our agency has been going to Frankfurt every year since 1969, and I imagine we will always continue to do so. Frankfurt is not only the world’s largest book fair but also the most important, especially in terms of selling rights. Although a lot of deals now take place before or after the fair, it's still the hub of the global publishing market. It's that one time of the year when you get a chance to meet publishers and editors face-to-face, and to catch up with clients and colleagues."
Philip Sane is the Director of Lennart Sane Agency.
"I liken the Frankfurt Book Fair to an annual pilgrimage embarked upon by the publishing world, an event that demarcates the year into three phases: Frankfurt prep, Frankfurt, and Frankfurt follow-up! It is a hub not only for business but for the exchange of ideas and stories too. It’s a place where both deals are secured and friendships cemented, where book lovers share their latest discoveries and bond over their common passion. I can’t imagine publishing without Frankfurt—and thankfully, I don’t have to!"
Amy Spangler is the Co-owner and Director of AnatoliaLit Agency.
"I've been attending the Frankfurt Book Fair for twenty years, and among forward-thinking agents, October was Frankfurt-time many years before I arrived. Of all the book fairs, Frankfurt remains the big show. Whether you're closing crucial deals for bigger authors or debuting newer talents, it's a tremendously powerful venue, and a week-long opportunity to develop a nuanced picture of where the world's markets are at the moment, and where they are headed. For me, with everyone's creative energies running high something unexpected and fortuitous always happens."
This year’s LitAg will be redesigned based on the Book Fair’s system stands. The new set-up offers many advantages:
+ More privacy
Book Fair system stands mean that each table will have its own side wall, so you can be sure your conversations remain private.
+ Higher profile
By renting the shelves, you can increase the visibility of your agency considerably. Four shelves cost 140 euros.
+ Greater security
The bench, as known from regular stands, can be locked, allowing your valuables to be quickly and easily secured even during short absences – and it's right next to your table. It is also practical to place papers on that you don't need or as a 5th seat, if there aren't enough chairs. The hooks fastened to the short support wall can be used to hang your coat within sight.
The new system allows for every table to have access to a discretely installed power outlet. This requires no additional ordering on your part.
+ More concentration
Thanks to the increased use of structural materials, you can rest assured that noise levels at the centre will be reduced considerably – very helpful for focusing on conversations and your business.