Thursday, 21 May 2009

Aw boo poor Salt, if you buy just one book now you will save them (they are from top left, Chris and Jen, flies). But which book is it? Definitely not Blade Pitch Control Unit or Vacation of A Lifetime or Gravity or Capital or The Damage or Effigies Against the Light or The Sense Record because I've done those and Salt is not saved. I also used to have Fig. I reckon it might be Terrain Seed Scarcity by Peter Larkin or The Grimoire of Grimalkin by Sascha Akhtar, or maybe I Capture The Cold Sore by Marianne Munk or Beaten by Chastisement by Mark Illis and Susan Wheeler or Theatre by Alison Croggon or Armor by Vincent de Souza or Portrait of the Artist as Some Numpties Killing a Rapist by Justin Katko or No Traveller Returns by Vahni Capildeo. I don't think it's Folklore by Tim Atkin, I don't think Tim Atkin would let them and it's probably not 101 Ways To Make Poems Sell by Chris Hamilton-Emery. Thinking about it it might be How to Gild a Lily by Luke Chivers or Restfulness Before Entering a Moor by Andrew Duncan or I'm Rotting You Remotely by Alan Halsey or Ars Arse by Chef Hilson also but that's just a guess.

"Saving Salt Publishing: Just One Book

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
Chris
Director
Salt Publishing"

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