Dear friends and supporters,
Today I'm sharing some sad news. After nine years of trading, and having spent the last few difficult months trying to keep things moving, I've come to the reluctant conclusion that I have to close Mother's Milk Books.
Of course, many companies and industries are struggling at the moment, but running an indie press has always been a labour of love that survives on the edge of financial viability. I'm very proud of the books that we've published – along with all the beautiful greetings cards and prints we've produced – but I feel that the time has come to take a break and do other things. I have loved working with all the authors, poets and artists who have entrusted me with their wonderful creations and feel very lucky to have met so many amazing people – readers, writers, reviewers, booksellers and fellow publishers – along the way. The community that has grown up around Mother's Milk Books is full of talented, kind-hearted and generous individuals.
However, the closing of Mother's Milk Books does not mean that I'll be vanishing into the ether. I'll still be blogging about all things publishing over at The Book Stewards and sharing my own creative news over on my personal blog, Twitter or Facebook (come follow me if you're interested). I also have my writing mentees and freelance editorial work to keep me busy (as well as my two children, of course!) and so editing will continue to be a large part of my working life.
As to the books, cards and prints… well, there aren't that many left. But what does remain is now being sold in a final sale, with 50% off – the 16th October being the LAST DAY EVER of Mother's Milk Books selling books to the public. So now is the time to get hold of a bargain!
Lastly… thank you again for your support. Mother's Milk Books couldn't have continued for as long as it has done if it wasn't for its amazing writers, artists, readers, reviewers, booksellers, magazine editors (not to mention all the fine indie publishing folk who have cheered me on throughout the years). You are all stars!
All the best,
Above: loose bound proofs... a snapshot of what the final proofreading process looks like!