Welsh Book Publishers

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The Welsh Books Council gets cash from government, about £4.5 million, I understand. It doesn’t promote or sell any decent Welsh writers so I guess most of that money must just get dished out to the so-called ‘Welsh book publishers’ – there’s Seren, Cinnamon, Parthian, Gomer, Y Llofa, Gwasg and maybe some others hidden away in somebody’s cousin’s uncle’s wardrobe. Anyway, heard this the other day and thought what a joke!

Those nice people at Chapter are allowing Seren Books (and Parthian) to try to flog their truly awful books to the Cardiff, Evian-drinking, pseudo middle-class.

The shop was opened on 6 December as part of small business Saturday, a nationwide campaign which aims to highlight small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities. Wait! Hang on a minute! Did I just read ‘small’ three times?!

How is a publisher that gets a large share of £4.5 million a ‘small’ publisher!  They are only small in their ambition! They are only ‘small’ because they don’t sell any books! And we all know why. Because they are rubbish. Oh dear!

2 thoughts on “Welsh Book Publishers

    Sue R said:
    April 1, 2016 at 11:06 am

    The so called Welsh book publishers are a closed shop. It’s impossible to get your work looked at unless your a friend of the editors, much better to try and find a publisher outside Wales or try one of the indie self publishing companies and get yourself on Amazon that way. You’ll probably sell more books doing it yourself too. It’s great you’re trying to highlight the corruption that is Welsh literature and the arts council but I doubt you’ll get anywhere with your crusade. I know others have tried and failed in the past. Still, good luck, maybe Panorama might try and take them on?

    Sally Spedding said:
    November 27, 2017 at 12:26 am

    The Welsh Books Council wanted nothing to do with my two books which came out in 2012, and have had great reviews. My London publishers were shocked at such parochialism. Best to ignore it all, and just keep going. I’d be ashamed to ask for a Bursary. Writing is my choice.

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