Worth its Salt – independent publisher under threat

Salt Publishing, one of the UK’s most respected independent publishers, faces closure.  The Bookseller reports that Salt has relaunched its “Just One Book” campaign after a tough first half of the year has left them with “less than one week’s cash left”, despite its grant from Arts Council England.

The company needs to sell roughly £45,000 worth of books to keep afloat for the rest of the year. Publishing director Chris Hamilton-Emery said the company had not wanted to repeat the initiative “because we thought it was unrepeatable, but we have just reached crunch time this week”. He added: “We realised if we didn’t get some sales, we would probably go bust very shortly.”

Hamilton-Emery said a number of factors had contributed to Salt’s financial woes, including the recession, the World Cup and the demise of Borders UK late last year. “They were a good customer of ours, so that was a real blow,” he said.

The Crafty Writer’s guest poetry tutor, Andrew Philip, is published by Salt.  He says:  “It’s harder and harder these days for authors – début authors and mid-listers in particular – to find publishers. The big houses are taking on fewer writers and concentrating their marketing power on certain titles in their lists. So writers need publishers such as Salt more than ever. Publishers who don’t simply bend to the howling winds of celebrity memoirs. Publishers who will take a risk on writing they simply believe in. Publishers who believe in you and give readers the chance to let your voice enter their hearts and minds. If Salt goes, we all lose.”

Writers and book lovers are being asked to buy just one book to help save Salt, Andy recommends:

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7 comments on “Worth its Salt – independent publisher under threat

  1. Vanessa Gebbie on said:

    Thank you for this post… and for the mention of ‘Short Circuit’ as well!

  2. Fiona Veitch Smith on said:

    You’re welcome Vanessa. I’m looking forward to reading it.

  3. Nuala Ní Chonchúir on said:

    I’m also a Salt author and I appreciate your support Fiona.

  4. Fiona Veitch Smith on said:

    You’re welcome Nuala. I hope and pray (hard to have one without the other) that there’ll be an outpouring of support in money and in kind.

  5. Peter Cowlam on said:

    Got my copy today of Nikolayev’s ‘Letters From Aldenderry’. Really looking forward to it.

  6. Fiona Veitch Smith on said:

    Well done Peter!

  7. Tim Rowe on said:

    Well, I picked up Anne Berkeley’s “The Men from Praga”, which I’ve not got very far with yet but I’ve already found one poem in it that gives me goosebumps.

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