RWA staff had productive meetings the last few days of the Frankfurt Book Fair. Highlights from the book fair:
- Books on Demand: Staff met with Books on Demand, a European company similar to Ingram in the US. They offer print-on-demand services, as well as e-book distribution in many European countries, and they are one of the main distributors to libraries and bookstores.
- Squirl: Representatives from Squirl met with RWA staff and discussed their book discovery app, which is centered around book locations. With the Squirl app, an author marks locations from their book; when users that have designated “romance” go past a location that is in the app that’s marked “romance,” it will notify the user that X happened here in book Y. Squirl called themselves a Pokémon Go for books. It’s free for authors to input their locations.
- Blogger Get Together: On Friday, at least ten German bloggers and novel translators came to the RWA booth for a fun, informal meet and greet. RWA staff made new contacts and encouraged many of them to attend the RWA Conference. Tina Dick from Walking in the Clouds and Sandra Schwab (author) were present. They provided homemade baked treats for everyone and helped conversations flow smoothly between German and English.
- Frankfurt Book Fair: A representative from the Frankfurt Book Fair said that he wants to involve RWA in the programming for next year’s book fair. As France is the guest of honor next year at the Frankfurt Book Fair, RWA plans to propose interesting programming for romance fiction and will try to include publishers who publish romance in French.