Thursday, 21 May 2009
SALT IN CHOPPY WATERS
Yesterday Chris Hamilton-Emery, director of Salt publishing, posted the message below on his Facebook profile. The recession has hit books sales badly despite many people's claims that we are all returning to life's simpler pleasures like reading, now that we are (allegedly) too broke to fly to Barbados every other week-end. (When did we ever, anyway?!)
Salt need cashflow NOW in order to continue their work. They make beautiful, literary books. They have eight short fiction collections on the Cork City - Frank O'Connor 2009 longlist, among many other achievements. If you love books (and I know you do!!) please support them.
My personal interest in Salt's fortunes is obvious: they are publishing my next book, Nude. That aside, they really, really do wonderful work on behalf of short story writers and poets and they deserve sales.
So, please, readers, if you can, go to their site and buy one Salt book today and help them stay afloat.
Salt's website is HERE.
As many of you will know, Jen and I have been struggling to keep Salt moving since June last year when the economic downturn began to affect our press. Our three year funding ends this year: we've £4,000 due from Arts Council England in a final payment, but cannot apply through Grants for the Arts for further funding for Salt's operations. Spring sales were down nearly 80% on the previous year, and despite April's much improved trading, the past twelve months has left us with a budget deficit of over £55,000. It's proving to be a very big hole and we're having to take some drastic measures to save our business.
Here's how you can help us to save Salt and all our work with hundreds of authors around the world.
JUST ONE BOOK
1. Please buy just one book, right now. We don't mind from where, you can buy it from us or from Amazon, your local shop or megastore, online or offline. If you buy just one book now, you'll help to save Salt. Timing is absolutely everything here. We need cash now to stay afloat. If you love literature, help keep it alive. All it takes is just one book sale. Go to our online store and help us keep going.
2. Share this note on your profile. Tell your friends. If we can spread the word about our cash crisis, we can hopefully find more sales and save our literary publishing. Remember it's just one book, that's all it takes to save us. Please do it now.
With my best wishes to everyone