Publishing on the Prairies
Wild Sage Press is relatively new to Saskatchewan’s book publishing scene, publishing their first book in fall 2012. They have used Creative Saskatchewan's Creative Industries Production and Market Export Development grants to help fast track their business development.
Projects such as the publishing of Tending the Tree of Life, a memoir by Irwin Kahan; We’re Already Home, a two-act play; and book launches and other promotional activities for their six published works. A great demonstration of accessing multiple grants to support the various needs of their business, Wild Sage has successfully used Creative Saskatchewan's programs to their benefit.
Publishing these days is a tough gig, especially for new, very small publishers such as Wild Sage Press who publish limited editions and small print runs. I am wildly grateful to Creative Saskatchewan, whose financial assistance is helping to move the press from "emerging" to "established" status. Through its production and marketing grants, Creative Saskatchewan has contributed significantly to the success of Wild Sage Press titles. For example, the favourably reviewed Blue Grama (a combination of poetry, songs and gorgeous botanical illustrations) by prairie ecologist and musician Heather Peat Hamm has made it onto the McNally Robinson Booksellers best seller list at Saskatoon and Winnipeg locations and is being carried by a number of other outlets such as the MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop in Regina. After being launched less than two months ago, three quarters of Blue Grama copies are already spoken for. Thank you Creative Saskatchewan! ~ Barbara Kahan, Publisher, Wild Sage Press
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