Australian publishers who attended the Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF) in August have reported an interest in children’s, parenting and education titles.
Ventura Press director Jane Curry sold the rights to six parenting titles on topics including life with a baby, making time for children, and how to address issues such as bullying and honesty.
Curry said, ‘We first put a toe in the water three years ago when we sold the rights to Talk Less, Listen More by Michael Hawton. It was endorsed by the New Oriental Family Education Unit, which gave it a good start, and it has remained a consistently good seller ever since. I was really looking forward to coming to BIBF as everything I’ve read and heard shows that there is very real interest in the subject of raising children in China.’
The Australia-based ALC Agency recently sold a number of children’s books to Chinese publishers on behalf of independent Australian publishers New Frontier Publishing, Wombat Books, Yellow Brick Books and Little Steps Publishing. You can read more about these sales in this month’s rights news.