Yesterday I went to the Guildhall in London for a party to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Sage Publications. Stephen Barr (President of Sage International) pointed out that the stained glass image in the top-left of one of the windows was of Gutenberg. I found myself thinking there should perhaps be one of Steve Jobs, bottom-right. If there had been, that would have provided a great backdrop for this blog. The combination of Gutenberg and Jobs, I mean.
My company’s setting up a new imprint for professional and scholarly publications. The people I told that to at the party all responded pretty negatively (at best, studied silence!) But then I see in her book Being Sage that Sarah Miller McCune says only one person (George McCune, her future husband) was encouraging when she founded Sage.
Establishing an imprint in a time of such flux requires a good deal of thinking – about contemporary publishing and, more generally, creative industry. I hope this blog will provide a lens for examining those things, while also constructing a story – perhaps a little the way Michael Barnard did in Transparent Imprint, which tells the story of Macmillan’s New Writing imprint. We shall see.