SaskBooks would like to see eligibility requirements for Creative Saskatchewan’s Book Publishing Grant be inclusive of all commercial publishing business models operating in the province.
Book Publishing Association Supports All Publishing Business Models
[Saskatchewan, 2018-04-17] Book publishers in Saskatchewan are independent businesses
who produce best selling, award-winning books for local, regional, and international markets.
SaskBooks, the provincial creative industry association for book publishers, enjoys an inclusive
membership of 44 publishers from diverse business models – sole proprietors and for-profit
businesses to co-operatives and not-for-profit businesses, literary and University presses to
hybrid presses and self publishers.
More than 100 commercially viable books are published by Saskatchewan businesses every
year, contributing approximately $8 million to the provincial economy. In an effort to encourage
this continued commercial vitality, SaskBooks provides services to its members regardless of
their business structures.
With its mandate to support the health of the entire publishing industry, SaskBooks is concerned
that new independent publishing businesses, emerging publishers, self-publishers, and
long-standing hybrid presses are no longer eligible for support from Creative Saskatchewan for
print, eBook, and audiobook production. This restriction of eligibility means fewer books will be
published by Saskatchewan businesses, which will result in reduced revenues for
Saskatchewan businesses and fewer opportunities for Saskatchewan stories to be told.
SaskBooks would like to see eligibility requirements for the Book Publishing Grant be inclusive
of all commercial publishing business models operating in the province, including (but not
limited to) self-publishers, hybrid publishers, literary presses, art book publishers, University
presses, scholarly and academic publishers, and trade publishers.