27 May 2009

Salt is worth saving...

I first came across Salt Magazine when I started submitting poetry for publication, and was amazed at how few online options there were. Little did I realize then but Salt Online is part of a much larger operation, Salt Publishing, an independent publisher of fiction and poetry all over the world. Among those you might have heard of are Tobias Hill, John Hartley Williams, Jane Holland, and John Siddique (hm, him again!). But there are so many others....

What's great about Salt is that they are
passionate about breaking great new talent and rediscovering writers. We love finding readers and supporting books (and genres) that truly matter. We love brave books and writers who take risks.

Chris and Jen Hamilton-Emery love their list so much they gave up corporate life (health, wealth, mental stability and a big fat Audi A6) to run a family business with domestic publishing programmes in the UK, USA and Australia....
(from Salt's Facebook group description).

One week ago Salt asked for help: affected by the economic downturn, sales were down 80%, leaving a gargantuan budget deficit. Salt's publishers turned to the internet, asking

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


You can read what's happened since here, but warning, you might need to get out your hankie.

It's wonderful, the power of the internet -- which is really, when it comes down to it, the power of individual people.

Of course, one week's infusion of support won't be sufficient. That's why I'm running this today. Salt is worth saving in the long term. I'll even throw in a sweetener: If you buy a Salt book and write a review, I'll post it here on the blog.

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