The cold winds of recession are blowing through the pages of poetry after subsidy funding came to an end for Salt Publishing. However, the directors of the small press venture are seeking to hold out against the economic storm with an urgent SOS – 'Save Our Salt'.
Salt Publishing has struggled since June last year when the economic downturn began to affect the press, its directors said. The organisation has only one £4,000 grant due from the Arts Council England, after which it will no longer be able to apply for arts funding. Spring sales were down 80 per cent on the previous year despite some improved trading in April. The last year, Salt reports, has left it with a deficit of £55,000.
To resist the crisis the directors of the publishing house are urging people to buy a book, whether that is online from the publisher itself, through bookshops, or via Amazon.
“It's proving to be a very big hole and we're having to take some drastic measures to save our business,” a spokesperson said. “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.”
Salt Published can be found at www.saltpublishing.com