Salt Publishing has been wearing its heart on its sleeve this week... and the response from people seeing their messages has been moving, extraordinary. It's a little like Peter Pan's exhortation to make Tink better by believing in fairies. Their message is this:
BELIEVE IN INDEPENDENT PRESSES. HELP US LIVE. BUY JUST ONE BOOK.
Words from a Glass Bubble has risen to 24 in the Amazon charts of short story collection sales.Tania Hershman's The White Road and other Stories is higher than that. No 6 or something. And two other Salt collections, Balancing on the Edge of the World by Elizabeth Baines, and Sawn Off Tales by David Gaffney are in the top 100.
This is like the top ten of my teen years, only better!
I have all those. So I just bought a few more copies of Ballistics, by Alex Keegan. A fabulous, fabulous collection. I use it to teach from, and someone always wants my copy....I have to have backups.
If you read this, you probably read blogs where Salt’s message is reproduced in full. It doesn’t matter where you buy a book from. But please…
WRITERS: support one of the best independent presses in the UK. Let the Arts Council grant money they should have had pay instead for established writers with mainstream contracts to research their next novels …(this is like the parliamentary scandal!!) but LETS BACK THE INDIES!
READERS: In the end, the variety and depth of books available is thanks to the indies. Without them, we’d lose access to the work of countless authors, poets, novelists, short fiction writers. The real shelves and online shelves would be bursting with WAG memoirs, and time fillers for beaches. Mostly.
Salt Publishing books can be bought direct from SALT PUBLISHING HERE
From AMAZON HERE from The Book Depository HERE and can be found or ordered in good bookshops.