Recently I was invited as part of a fellowship program to attend the Taipei International Book Exhibition. What a thrill! As one of seven publishers/agents from around the world I got to meet with other Chinese/Taiwanese publishers - share ideas, drink beers (and chinese tea!) and talk about all things book-like. I had to do a presentation to around 150 industry professionals, mostly from Taiwan and mainland China, about creating and publishing children's books and some of the benefits of working as a small team.
Highlights of the trip (in addition to meeting everyone including the wonderful Yuching Liu who cared so well for us fellows during our stay) included a trip to the Wysteria Japanese Tea House for lunch, a visit to the awesome Huashan 1914 Creative Park founded by the charismatic, witty (and sparkly-eyed!) Yuan-Liou, standing under Taipei 101 (one of the tallest buildings in the world), and dinner with our new agent - Gray Tan - his colleagues and the other fellows at a fantastic, back-street restaurant filled with live seafood and local families.
With my new fellowship friends from the Kalem agency in Turkey I even found myself onstage, guitar in hand, at a local pub's open mic night - free beer for my efforts! The headache is gone but the memories remain ...
For a bit more about my time at the Taipei Book Fair with my ‘publishers hat’ on, check here for an article I wrote for PANZ (Publishers Association of New Zealand).