I think small presses need public funding to get together and talk about what they’re doing and how. And maybe make more of it happen. I had a Plan for this, but the problem is I just don’t have enough time to do what I do and still continue to think creatively about co-operative planning. I don’t think we’re in competition. I think we’re in cohoots. Do you have any idea how this might be made to happen?
I have a Plan too! I’d like to run a conference called ‘Drowning Not Waving’ which gathers publishers, author, distributors, booksellers, printers and media people together to discuss practical solutions to publishing, marketing and selling books in the digital age. The printers will bring paper samples and books, along with various quotes, and I'll chair panel discussions where people have to offer practical suggestions for running a successful independent publisher – absolutely no self-congratulatory waffling on about the smell of paper. I'm very keen on this, so maybe I'll pull it together for next year.
I’d support that. Down with the smell of paper! But I’d like it best if the conference was just about promoting and peddling poetry. If you can sell poetry, the others are a doddle. Well, maybe poetry and short stories. Do you ever have a day off?
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