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Hi Guys,
I'm Judit and I'm representing a talented illustrator, my boyfriend, Kocsis Levente. I'm an art and and design manager and I would like to ask, if you have any expirience about Bologna Children Bookfairs. I think it would be a great discussion topic for illustrators. There are some random portfolio reviews there, but I can't find any writing about the experiences of other illustrators or dates, nothing. How can someone get an appointment? How can you prepare... etc. I can write some lines about our last year experience, but I'm also curious about others'.
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Judit and Levi
#1 - February 23, 2013, 03:36 AM

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Here's an older thread on Bologna with a link that might help, http://www.verlakay.com/boards/index.php?topic=45432.msg589159#msg589159

I've had no personal experience at Bologna and I am not an illustrator so I am otherwise useless in this discussion!  :goodluck
#2 - February 23, 2013, 06:59 AM

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I often attend the book fair (though I'm not an illustrator)

Here is some information about the Bologna Book Fair (illustrator info scroll down)http://scbwibologna.org/faq.php

I agree that it pays to schedule appointment rather than wait in the long lines for open portfolio reviews

On the book fair site you can see who will be attending.

Best way to get appointments:
1. Follow up with contacts you already have (from past years or current / past clients)
2. Write to publishers you saw last year but didn't follow up with who might be a good fit *state how the art is a good fit
3. for "cold calls" send a very professional SHORT request for a meeting with a link to the art work
plan to attend the fair ALL Days
4. Be very flexible in appointment times / locations

This is going to be a very special fair - 50th anniversary - with lots of events not only at the fair / press room but in the community ---HAVE FUN!!
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Here's that link again  http://scbwibologna.org/faq.php
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Thank you for your answers!
I found this website already, but it is only for last year, although it will help.
I thought of cold calls and messages, and I will do it. :)
Thanks!
#5 - February 24, 2013, 03:42 AM

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zoombabe, you should think carefully about going to Bologna if you are representing just one client and are based in the US. Flights and hotels are expensive!

For the most part, publishers are not there to see portfolios. They are there to buy and sell rights. So you're a sideshow at best.

Schedule a trip to NY instead.
#6 - February 24, 2013, 08:11 AM
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I'm writing from Hungary, and we have a good accomodation and cheap train tickets, so it's not a big problem :)
#7 - February 25, 2013, 08:28 AM

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Ah, well, that's a different situation. But for anyone reading this thread and based in the US, my comment stands!
#8 - February 25, 2013, 07:10 PM
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