Friday, May 22, 2009

Save Salt

Salt Publishing needs your help. Big and small publishers are feeling the pinch during the recession, but it’s the small ones that are in danger of going to the wall. Owners of small publishing houses make many sacrifices in the course of running their businesses, often not drawing a salary themselves. Don’t let the recession finish them off and ravage our cultural climate, buy a book from Salt today.

Here’s Chris Hamilton-Emery’s message:

“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.

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 [UK and International/USA] and help us keep going.”

And if you’re in a generous mood, please support other small poetry publishers such as Carcanet, New Directions, Bloodaxe and a host of others, big and small.

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