Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Just One Book: Save Salt Publishing


Salt Publishing, perhaps the UK's most important small-press publisher of contemporary literature, needs our help urgently. Here's Salt Publishing's YouTube plea, a commercial that spoofs the World Wildlife Foundation's "Adopt a Polar Bear" commercial and also dramatizes Salt's financial need now. Speaking below is Salt Director Chris Hamilton-Emery (YouTube handle: chamiltonemery).

Just One Book: Save Salt Publishing




Salt's spoof of the WWF Adopt a Polar Bear advert (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iekb-ZARg3s) conceals a serious 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.

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.

UK and International
http://www.saltpublishing.com/shop/index.php

USA
http://www.saltpublishing.com/shop-us/index.php

2. Share this note on your Facebook or MySpace 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.



If you are a blogger, consider putting up a "Just One Book" post to help save Salt Publishing. Your readers would love one of Salt's books, I'm sure.

I'm going to go buy Annie Finch's poetry book The Encyclopedia of Scotland just as soon as I get this blog post up. Won't you join me by buying Annie's book or another title from Salt's marvelous booklist?

Among Salt's books, I highly recommend Shaindel Beers's poetry collection A Brief History of Time. Faithful readers of my blog will remember my interview with Shaindel, part of her virtual book tour across the blogosphere. This is one of Salt's innovative practices: using the contemporary culture of the internet to spread first-rate poetry and fiction across the world.

Salt Publishing's geographical scope is by no means limited to the UK. For example, one of their important imprints is Earthworks: Native American Writing, edited by the poet Janet McAdams. It is quite a marvelous service to world literature that Salt Publishing has undertaken this crucial project, one among their many important series.

I hope you can help. To keep Salt Publishing in business, you only need to buy one book right now. Won't you go to Salt Publishing's website (or to the shopping websites listed in their YouTube plea above) to find a book that suits your fancy? Then buy that one book today. Just one book. (Or many books, if you would like.) Thanks for your help . . . and enjoy that one book. Or, better yet, books.

12 comments:

Vince Gotera said...

Okay ... I just ordered Annie Finch's book The Encyclopedia of Scotland. Your turn! Buy just one Salt book. Thanks for reading the blog.

Polly Forns said...

Just bought Call It Tender by John Saul! Come on readers!

Barb said...

Sorry, Vince. I tried buying Shaindel's book, but when it came to paying, they put the wrong user id for my bank and there was no option to change it. :-(

Vince Gotera said...

Barb ... so what happened? Did you lose money on the deal? I sure hope not. Maybe Amazon might be a more reliable way to go. I think Salt will get less than 50% of your money, but a least they're getting something. Thanks for trying, anyway. Get Brian a Salt book as a gift ... they also publish fiction.

Vince Gotera said...

Polly ... that's wonderful. Thank you. And Salt thanks you, I'm sure. Enjoy the book.

Barb said...

No, I didn't, thankfully. But I can't purchase anything via credit/debit card. I was planning to order it from Amazon, anyway, along w/ Dragonfly.

pamelavillars said...

Done! I ordered two books through Amazon and will post appeal on my blog.

Vince Gotera said...

Barb: I'm sorry Dragonfly is out of print. Only poetry books available currently are Ghost Wars and Fighting Kite.

Vince Gotera said...

Pamela! Thanks so much. I hope Salt Pub can be pulled out of the fire. They are an excellent press caught in the crossfire of the current economic situation.

Barb said...

Duh, duh, duh! Flying Kite is what I meant. Oops. :-)

robinkemp said...

Cherryl Floyd=Miller's Exquisite Heats, first thing in the morning (payday)!

Vince Gotera said...

Thanks, everyone. Btw ... Salt is now having a 1/3 off sale, so go buy more! They have now raised half of the approximately £50K they need.

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