What we’re doing at Bologna!

This year we are back at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, giving talks on publishing contracts, illustrators’ self promotion, and offering business advice at the European Illustrators Forum stand.

There’s always lots to do at the Fair, but in between talking to publishers and seeing the huge breadth of work from across the world, make time for our fantastically useful talks!

Monday 1st April

4.00-5.00pm Business Advice EIF stand Helpdesk Hall 30 B93 – C53

Making business easy: Derek Brazell and Georgia Luckman answer all questions on the business side of the profession. We’ll be able to give 10 minutes to each person for up to 12 people. Pull up a chair and we can talk through any question you have, there’s no question too big or too small!


Tuesday 2nd

1.30-2.15pm Masterclass: Publisher’s contracts at the Illustrator’s Survival Corner

Derek Brazell, Georgia Luckman, AOI and Paolo Rui, AI

The talk will cover the main clauses in contracts that illustrators should pay attention to – what to challenge to make agreements favourable to illustrators: Rights being granted to the publisher for a children’s book, and the scope of those rights; Rejection & Cancellation clauses; Moral rights and credit; Advance (breakdown of payments from publisher); Royalties and discount royalties; Subsidiary Rights – translation, USA, merchandising; Competing Works & Option clauses and Termination clauses.

Masterclasses don’t need a reservation, there is free access while seats last, so it is best to arrive in good time.

8pm Illustrators Dinner Party at Bravo Caffè, Via Mascarella, 1, 40126 Bologna. See here for more info and registering.


Wednesday 3rd

10-11am Self-promotion for illustrators EIF Stand Hall 30 B93 – C53

Georgia Luckman and Derek Brazell take you through the most effective ways to promote your work, including website, social media and how to approach potential clients. We’ll deep dive into understanding the commissioners mindset and journey through your portfolio and how to address communication issues in simple and achievable steps.


Check out our Guide to the Fair.

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