As we have stated earlier; erbacce-press sprang from our poetry journal erbacce. We realised that there were many talented writers out there who really deserved to be read widely; gutsy and original writers like Misti Raiwater-Lites and people with a peculiar experience of the world such as the English war-poet Tracey Currall and the Canadian Lynn Strongin with her unique insight into disability. Already we were devoting half of each journal to ‘featured’ poets but we felt that many should be read more widely.
So we decided to have a go at publishing pamphlets and the occasional perfect-bound book; we only had one rule which we were determined not to break; ultimately the writer would get paid royalties on all sales.
We began in 2004 and we had an idea that as we progressed the poets whose work was selling might make a contribution towards helping another poet to get started... Initially we simply weren't selling enough books from the site and so Andrew and Alan chipped in £500.00 each to nurse the project through the lean-times... and it worked! About eighteen months into our project we broke even and soon after that the whole scheme became a true co-operative... now erbacce-press produces about 20 chap-books and a couple of perfect-bound books annually and we have also established the annual erbacce-prize for poetry which has a first prize offering publication of the writer's collected works with a publishing contract paying generous royalties and ten free copies of the finished book (post-free) being sent to the author. We are now; we are proud to say; a true cooperative. Alan and Andrew still give their services for free (typesetting, editing etc); No one makes a profit; every penny goes back to producing the next book or pamphlet... we're kind of proud of that :-)
We now think of erbacce as an international family fighting Vanity Publishers and paying poets for their work... Thanks to everyone who has made it possible...