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BolognaBookPlus to open with rights and licensing training event

BolognaBookPlus, the general publishing conference running in parallel with the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, has announced a new rights and licensing training event to take place on the eve of this year’s fair.

The hybrid event, called How to Sell Rights and Understand Licensing in Children’s Books, is curated by former London Book Fair conference manager Orna O’Brien. An introduction to selling rights and understanding licensing in children’s books, the event is aimed at aspiring, new and early career rights professionals in addition to self-published children’s authors and anyone working in children’s rights and contracts.

Chaired by Macmillan Children’s Books managing director Belinda Rasmussen, the event will feature other professionals including Giunti Editore’s LeeAnn Bortolussi, literary agent Debbie Bibo, licensing and children’s media consultant Helen McAleer, and Joanna Everard, recently of Bloomsbury UK. Topics to be covered include copyright, the range of rights and co-edition categories, contracts, the selling process, and licensing and merchandising.

Bologna Children’s Book Fair director Elena Pasoli said: ‘I’m so glad that the launch of the BBPlus program opens with a training course aimed at children’s book rights professionals—serving as a fabulous bridge between the well-known and well-established Bologna Children’s Book Fair and its exciting new brand extension.’

As previously reported by Books+Publishing, the 2021 Bologna Children’s Book Fair was rescheduled from April to June 14–17. More details about this year’s BolognaBookPlus program will be announced in the coming weeks.


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