The Invitation Programme for Publishers from Countries with developing Book Industries.

The Invitation Programme offers small independent publishing companies from Africa, the Arab world, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean the chance to participate in the world's biggest book fair. 

For publishing companies from these regions, globalisation is a two-edged sword. Access to the world market seems easier thanks to all-pervasive communications. At the same time, the advance of new conglomerates makes it harder to break into the market. The main goal of the Frankfurter Buchmesse Invitation Programme is to guarantee the presence of a select group of around 20 publishing houses at the industry's biggest get-together.
The guest publishers attend a two-and-a-half-day seminar before the Book Fair, which provides wide-ranging information on the German book market and international publishing.

The programme begins the week before Frankfurter Buchmesse opens its doors and ends on Sunday.

Seminar

As in past years, the guest publishers will attend a two-and-a-half-day seminar before the book fair begins, which not only prepares them for the event but also provides them with wide-ranging information on the German book market. As a discussion forum, the seminar gives them the opportunity to talk to experienced speakers from the industry on topics such as international sales, marketing, rights and licensing as well as book design.

Duration, Preparation and Activities

What's more, further activities are scheduled during the book fair. In preparation for the programme, activities may even take place even before the official beginning of the programme. Guests are additionally expected to participate throughout this process.

Travel, accommodation and exhibition stand expenses covered.

Carefully selected guests from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Arab world, the Caribbean and Central and Eastern Europe not only receive travel expenses and accommodation but also always enjoy the use of an exhibition stand at no charge. Funding is provided jointly by Frankfurter Buchmesse and the German Federal Foreign Office.

Eligibility

The programme is aimed at small-scale, independent publishers from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Arab world, the Caribbean, and Central and Eastern Europe. Proficiency in English is required.

Invitation Programme Get-Together

Meet the 20 participants of the Invitation Programme in person – join us for the Invitation Programme Get-Together at the book fair: Friday, 12 October at 12.30 pm (stand A114 in Hall 5.1) – soup and drinks will be served.

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Our guests 2018

Yonas Belay

Hohe Publisher - Yonas Belay Menberu - Ethiopia

Founded in 2008, Hohe Publisher is one of the few publishers operating in Ethiopia. It covers a wide range of subjects including fiction, non-fiction, children’s literature, etc., with 15 original works and 20 translated titles published per year.

Founded in 2008, Hohe Publisher is one of the few publishers operating in Ethiopia. It covers a wide range of subjects including fiction, non-fiction, children’s literature, etc., with 15 original works and 20 translated titles published per year.

 
Ernest Oppong

African Publishers Network - Ernest Oppong - Ghana

African Publishers Network (APNET), established in 1992 in Zimbabwe, is a network of publisher’s associations in Africa with a total of 42 member countries, with a wide range of publications including 200.000 titles and 2.000 translations per year.

African Publishers Network (APNET), established in 1992 in Zimbabwe, is a network of publisher’s associations in Africa with a total of 42 member countries, with a wide range of publications including 200.000 titles and 2.000 translations per year.

How are you preparing for the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018?

I am securing appointments with book industry players. At the same time I try to find out what other expect from our APNET stand. We are also developing a joint membership catalogue and preparing papers on different areas of African publishing.

How will you benefit from your participation at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018?

I see many benefits in my participation: raising the profile of African publishers through exhibition, buying and selling rights, giving a new position of quality African books on the international market, meeting printer’s publishers, stakeholders and development agencies to work on mutually beneficial partnership with African Publishers Network (APNET) and networking and connect African publishers to international publishing communities

What opportunities do you see in your participation?

Frankfurt is full of opportunities for us: Gaining knowledge on best publishing practices to enhance African publishing, establishing new contacts and building new relationships, placing APNET at the fore front of international publishing scene and to launch the first edition of African Book Day, meeting organizations that are interested in the vision and mission of APNET, securing stakeholder organizations that are ready to work with African publishers

What are you most looking forward to ?

Buying rights, get stakeholder organizations to partner with APNET and work with African Publishers, raise awareness on the creativity and quality of African books.

Filinto Silva

Rosa de Porcelana - Filinto Silva - Cape Verde

Rosa de Porcelana Editora was founded in 2014. The catalogue includes poetry, fiction and nonfiction from Portuguese-speaking authors such as Amilcar Cabral, Arménio Vieira, Corsino Fortes, José Luís Peixoto or José Luiz Tavares.

Rosa de Porcelana Editora was founded in 2014. The catalogue includes poetry, fiction and nonfiction from Portuguese-speaking authors such as Amilcar Cabral, Arménio Vieira, Corsino Fortes, José Luís Peixoto or José Luiz Tavares.

 
Christine Warugaba

Furaha Publishers - Christine Warugaba - Rwanda

Furaha Publishers founded in 2014 is an independent children’s book publishing house based in Kigali Rwanda. It publishes 30 to 40 titles a year in both Kinyarwanda and English. Two titles were among the top 10 favorite children’s books in 2017.

Furaha Publishers founded in 2014 is an independent children’s book publishing house based in Kigali Rwanda. It publishes 30 to 40 titles a year in both Kinyarwanda and English. Two titles were among the top 10 favorite children’s books in 2017.

 
Nick Mulgrew

uHlanga Press - Nick Mulgrew - South Africa

uHlanga, founded in 2014, is a poetry press from Cape Town, founded and directed by writer Nick Mulgrew. Committed to publishing experimental and provocative books, uHlanga aims to re-position poetry in South African literature and society.

uHlanga, founded in 2014, is a poetry press from Cape Town, founded and directed by writer Nick Mulgrew. Committed to publishing experimental and provocative books, uHlanga aims to re-position poetry in South African literature and society.

Badria Moghrabi

Turning Point - Badrie El Moghrabi - Lebanon

Turning Point, founded in 1999, is a boutique publisher dedicated to high-quality books in a variety of genres, including lifestyle and coffee table books, humor titles, self-help books, compelling novels, Lebanese guides and children’s books.

Turning Point, founded in 1999, is a boutique publisher dedicated to high-quality books in a variety of genres, including lifestyle and coffee table books, humor titles, self-help books, compelling novels, Lebanese guides and children’s books.

Kenza Sefrioui

En Toutes Lettres - Kenza Sefrioui - Morocco

Since 2012, En Toutes Lettres is specialized in the publication of essays written by journalists, researchers and writers about deep social issues related to Morocco. It publishes intellectual and formal researches in French and Arabic.

Since 2012, En Toutes Lettres is specialized in the publication of essays written by journalists, researchers and writers about deep social issues related to Morocco. It publishes intellectual and formal researches in French and Arabic.

How are you preparing for the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018?

En toutes lettres is actively involved in the preparation of Frankfurt Book fair. We have already scheduled several appointments with publishers from Africa, Europe and North America. We have also prepared the catalogue of our current and upcoming publications.

How will you benefit from your participation at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018?

En toutes lettres is this year one of the guest of Frankfurt´s Invitation Programme. It’s an opportunity to attend masterclasses and to have special moments with professionnals to discuss issues about rights negociations.

What opportunities do you see in your participation?

Frankfurt is an important moment for us in order to draw attention on the situation of the intellectual life in Morocco. As an independent publisher, we particularly appreciate the opportunity to meet publishers from the whole world and get a direct information about the different practices and markets. We’ll also try to raise interest for publications from Southern countries, and make our ideas travel.

What are most you looking forward to?

We are very interested in the main subjects and researches in humanities and social sciences. We can’t wait to discover the new evolutions in the design of books. We’re also impatient to meet passionate people and share ideas. And of course, to appreciate the competition of elegance of the cosplayers!

Karen Grigoryan

Yerevan State University Publishing House - Karen Grigoryan - Armenia

Yerevan State University Publishing House, established in 1920 and it is one of the oldest Publishing Houses of Armenia. Currently, it publishes about 100-120 titles of monographs, textbooks, journals and periodicals per year.

Yerevan State University Publishing House, established in 1920 and it is one of the oldest Publishing Houses of Armenia. Currently, it publishes about 100-120 titles of monographs, textbooks, journals and periodicals per year.

How are you preparing for the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018?

We identify our recently published books (in Armenian) which may have interest from other publishers and we will be able to cooperate to have the publication in other languages (English, Russian, etc). We consider joint publishing or selling Rights. At the same time in cooperation with faculty staff we try to identify the books which are important for classes at the Yerevan State University for which there is need for its Armenian translation.

How will you benefit from your participation at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018?

We can establish direct contacts with publishers from various countries. There is lack of traditions in post-soviet countries in buying/selling Rights and Licenses and I expect to have more knowledge on this topic. The another  important direction is electronic publishing. We are still facing some problems: from language issues (some platforms do not support Armenian alphabet) to the ability to place electronic publications as publisher from Armenia. I expect to enlarge our expertise in this issue.

What opportunities do you see in your participation?

Gaining advanced experience in book design and learning to use new automated tools for effective and easy layout. I hope I will can learn from other publishers and seminar participants to overcome the challenges.

What are you most looking forward ?

I look forward to establishing effective partnership and get practical outcome to develop electronic publishing.

Hafiz Eyyubov

Galem Chingizoglu - Hafiz Eyyubov - Azerbaijan

Galem Chingizoglu is an Azerbaijani Publisher founded on in 2014 which is focused on a wide range of titles in Children´s books. It has acquired rights from UsBorne, Nickelodeon, MillesKelly, Ants, etc and have translated these to Azerbaijani.

Galem Chingizoglu is an Azerbaijani Publisher founded on in 2014 which is focused on a wide range of titles in Children´s books. It has acquired rights from UsBorne, Nickelodeon, MillesKelly, Ants, etc and have translated these to Azerbaijani.

Thomas Pratheek

Kokaachi - Thomas Pratheek - India

Founded in 2014, Kokaachi is an independent comics publisher from India with a focus in graphic storytelling, comics and picture books for young and mature readers. Over the last years, it has brought out three volumes of a comics anthology series.

Founded in 2014, Kokaachi is an independent comics publisher from India with a focus in graphic storytelling, comics and picture books for young and mature readers. Over the last years, it has brought out three volumes of a comics anthology series.

Sophie Dewayani

Litara Foundation - Sophie Dewayani - Indonesia

Founded in 2014, Litara Foundation focuses on publishing children’s picture books. Up to date it has published 24 titles, some of which won international awards, and some have been translated into Malay, to be published in Singapore, and Turkish.

Founded in 2014, Litara Foundation focuses on publishing children’s picture books. Up to date it has published 24 titles, some of which won international awards, and some have been translated into Malay, to be published in Singapore, and Turkish.

Rajeev Joshi

Kathalaya Inc - Rajeev Dhar Joshi - Nepal

Kathalaya Inc was founded in 2007 to promote reading culture among Nepalese children. It publishes 40 new titles every year from local and international authors. The catalogue includes 275 titles in Nepali, English and Nepali regional languages.

Kathalaya Inc was founded in 2007 to promote reading culture among Nepalese children. It publishes 40 new titles every year from local and international authors. The catalogue includes 275 titles in Nepali, English and Nepali regional languages.

How are you preparing for the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018?

We are completing some of our new titles especially for the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018. I am scheduling lots of meetings with publishers whom we wanted to meet since a long time. We have lots of titles on our backlist from different part of the world that can come to Nepal. We have lots of publisher friends from around the world who we need to catch up with at the fair. We are also preparing for the display of the stand in a special way. 

How will you benefit from your participation at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018?

This is a great opportunity for us. I will be meeting publishers of titles we want to publish in Nepal. So this is the right and convenient place to meet them and finalize the deal. I am so excited that we have already got the appointment with best publishers that we wanted to meet. I will be learning a lot in terms of book quality, marketing strategy of publishers which I can implement back in Nepal. Besides, this platform will give a sight to me for my future publishing business. Also, this fair will provide exposure and will the enhance the capacity to replicate similar book fair events in Nepal. 

What opportunities do you see in your participation?

Firstly, I will seek to network and strengthen links all guest publishers participating in the Fair. And this will also give me an opportunity to understand German and World Book industry. This programme will enhance my capacity and skills related to understanding of publishing industry.

What are you most looking forward to?

I am looking forward to buying some rights from my backlist. I am also lookingforward to networking with other publishers and sharing ideas with them. I want to better understand the international market in terms of print, ebook, and audio books, so as I can prepare my organization for a better future. I will also search for some partnership for scaling the opportunity in Nepal and worldwide. 

Santiago Sanchez

Hotel de las Ideas - Santiago Sánchez Kutika - Argentina

Hotel de las Ideas is a comic and graphic novel publisher founded in 2013. It publishes contemporary authors and some classics that dialogue with the current comic scene. Some translated authors are Simon Hanselmann, Tommi Parrish and Daniel Clowes.

Hotel de las Ideas is a comic and graphic novel publisher founded in 2013. It publishes contemporary authors and some classics that dialogue with the current comic scene. Some translated authors are Simon Hanselmann, Tommi Parrish and Daniel Clowes.

How are you preparing for the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018?

We’re preparing for the fair in different ways! We are very excited and super busy: we’re arranging meetings with different publishers; translating our catalog and sample pages; finishing new projects to show; and thinking about ways of making our stand attractive to visitors.

How will you benefit from your participation at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018?

For us the experience of the Frankfurt Fair is decisive. First of all, it’s one of our first steps at an international level. For Hotel de las ideas it’s very important to introduce Argentinian graphic novels and authors. Our participation in the Fair is the best option to achieve that goal.

What opportunities do you see in your participation?

We believe that at the Fair we will be able to make meet many publishers that have a similar line of work, so we can collaborate now or in the future. Also, we think our participation in the Fair is crucial because we can learn about the work of other graphic novel authors and publishers from all over the world. Cultural exchange is valuable to understand what other people are doing in the independent graphic novel and comics publishing.

What are you most looking forward to?

Our main objective is to generate a new network with publishers from different countries, in order to make our books known and also to be aware of what is produced in the rest of the world.

Gacio Baquiola

La Caída Editorial - Guillermo Gacio Baquiola - Ecuador

La Caída Publisher, founded in November 2013 is focused on a wide range of titles in segments such as Ecuadorian poetry and narrative. It will soon publish essays on art. Its catalogue includes English translations from Ecuadorian authors.

La Caída Publisher, founded in November 2013 is focused on a wide range of titles in segments such as Ecuadorian poetry and narrative. It will soon publish essays on art. Its catalogue includes English translations from Ecuadorian authors.

Catalina Gonzalez

Luna Libros - Catalina González - Colombia

Luna Libros is an independent publisher, founded on 2008 in Bogotá, that publishes titles about Latin America, humanities, poetry, essays and non-fiction titles, written by renowned authors from Colombia, Argentina, Spain, France, England, etc.

Luna Libros is an independent publisher, founded on 2008 in Bogotá, that publishes titles about Latin America, humanities, poetry, essays and non-fiction titles, written by renowned authors from Colombia, Argentina, Spain, France, England, etc.

How are you preparing for the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018?

We are making ready our catalogues and the exhibition at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018. We are arranging also appointments and preparing our participation at the seminars and networking events.

How will you benefit from your participation at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018?
We are very happy to be invited to the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018, because this year we celebrate ten years of foundation and we received it as a recognition to our work.

 

What opportunities do you see in your participation?

It is an opportunity for us to know first hand the trends of the publishing market in the world and share with other publishers like us.

What are you most looking forward to?
We are looking forward to expand our market to other countries in Latin America and Spain, sell translation rights and make us known internationally.

Guillermo Santos

Editorial Moho - Guillermo Santos - Mexico

Editorial Moho started in 1995. It mainly releases unknown Mexican literature written with an alternative intention and classical titles too. It focuses on artistic expressions in which irony, realism and urban miscellaneous have a strong presence.

Editorial Moho started in 1995. It mainly releases unknown Mexican literature written with an alternative intention and classical titles too. It focuses on artistic expressions in which irony, realism and urban miscellaneous have a strong presence.

Silvia Soler

Ediciones de la Banda Oriental - Silvia Soler - Uruguay

Ediciones de la Banda Oriental was founded in Uruguay in 1961 to promote Latin American culture and make national and international authors known. With around 50 publications per year, it has recently included children's literature and science.

Ediciones de la Banda Oriental was founded in Uruguay in 1961 to promote Latin American culture and make national and international authors known. With around 50 publications per year, it has recently included children's literature and science.

Florija Dauti

Shkupi Publishing House - Florija Dauti - Macedonia

Shkupi Publishing House is small publishing house that publishes books and book translations from foreign languages into Albanian language. Its catalogue includes poetry, novels, dramas, monographs, science, history.

Shkupi Publishing House is small publishing house that publishes books and book translations from foreign languages into Albanian language. Its catalogue includes poetry, novels, dramas, monographs, science, history.

How are you preparing for the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018?

We are preparing some new catalogues, banners and flyers for our presence at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018. We also have chosen about 40 titles of foreign literature translated into Albanian language. We are also preparing a list and agenda of possible meetings with foreign publishers, literary agencies, literary foundations etc.

How will you benefit from your participation at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018?

Strengthening co-operation with many old & new publishers and literary agencies, as well as publishing associations. This will result in  enlargement of translation literary products form foreign valuable literature, which is our main goal - bringing foreign literary values closer to our readers.

What opportunities do you see in your participation?

Meetings all these publishing associations are extremely beneficial for us. Every new meeting with every new publisher and/or literary agent presents a success for us. This will impact at continuously improvement of our publishing activities by increasing our literary production.

What are you looking forward to mostly?

We are looking forward to increasing our contacts with publishers all over the world. We are looking forward to getting to know the other 20 publishers participating at the programme, learning more about their experiences and conditions in which they work and function. We expect that all these meeting and contacts will result in many common projects with foreign authors, publishers and literary agencies. We hope that all this will contribute to increase the literary production of Shkupi by bringing foreign literary values into Albanian language.

Ayse Ozden

Dixi Books - Ayse Özden - Turkey

Dixi Books, founded in 2017, is an English language publishing house which publishes fiction and non-fiction books both in children's and adult categories. Its publishing plan includes approximately 30 new titles every year.

Dixi Books, founded in 2017, is an English language publishing house which publishes fiction and non-fiction books both in children's and adult categories. Its publishing plan includes approximately 30 new titles every year.

How are you preparing for the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018?

Frankfurt Book Fair preparations begin right when the previous FBF ends. We start thinking about which books to promote even when there is as much time as 6 months to the fair. We start correspondence for meetings with publishers five months in advance. We challenge our authors to be more creative for the Frankfurt schedule and we motivate our artists to create better visuals for the fair. All of this production for Frankfurt also determines our books of the following year.

How will you benefit from your participation at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018?

For us, Frankfurt is where the tone of next year’s global publishing industry is clarified. For this reason, we pay great attention and care to what the book theme of the new year will be. In order to accomplish this, we try to focus on which books and subjects publishers coming from different countries are promoting. Because we believe that cultural diversity is the prerequisite of creativity. We believe that especially publishers coming from different continents are able to make an intuitional contribution to this. 

What opportunities do you see in your participation?

Meeting new publishers. Reaching new markets. Opening our doors to new writers. Improving our visual appreciation. Expanding our vision. Thinking about the future. Giving reassurance. Looking for solidarity in order to find a solution to the world’s climate crisis.

What are you most looking forward to?

Meeting publishing houses and agencies that we have not contacted before. Meeting new authors and illustrators. Expanding to new markets. Receiving information about other book fairs around the globe. Learning more about grants and fellowships. And last but not least, having a little bit of fun at nights. :)

Olga Pogynaiko

Smoloskyp Publishers - Olga Pogynaiko - Ukraine

Smoloskyp Publishers, founded in 1967 in Baltimore, USA, is a Ukrainian publisher focused on memoirs of political prisoners during the Soviet time, dissident movements, politics and history. It publishes around 30 titles per year.

Smoloskyp Publishers, founded in 1967 in Baltimore, USA, is a Ukrainian publisher focused on memoirs of political prisoners during the Soviet time, dissident movements, politics and history. It publishes around 30 titles per year.

Why participate?

Thanks to the Invitation Programme, small publishing houses from countries with emerging book industries can take the spotlight at the world's most important trade fair.