FROM ROB RIEL OF PICARO PRESS
Feeling entrepreneurial? Reckless?
Basically, I’m looking to pass Picaro Press on to an individual or a group which could build on what we’ve achieved over the last 14 years. For free.
The reasons for that are largely due to health. Eighteen months ago I was riding my motorcycle to work when a lady in a rush to pick up her kids from school pretty much cleaned me up. Basically, the impact wrecked both my knees. I’ve been blessed with a particularly good physiotherapist, and I’ve made a good recovery (sans a couple pair of anterior cruciate ligaments). There are still quite a few things I can’t do, though, or can only do slowly. My overall fitness isn’t what it was, and over the last year I’ve become vulnerable to RSI. That’s a problem for making books and chapbooks … a print run of 100 didn’t used to be particularly hard on fingers, wrists and elbow-joints. Since the accident, I have to conclude that’s changed. I’m hoping that someone will put a hand up to take it over.
I’m not looking to sell Picaro Press. Ideally, I’d like to DONATE it a good home. And I’m keen to make that as easy as possible.
I’ll be happy to pass on the computer which has the Creative Suite software for layout and printing. And, of course, all relevant files, including databases. I’ll pass on the business name, the website URL, and our stash of ISBNs. There’s a fair accumulation of consumables: papers, cover stock, staples, and suchlike which I’d be happy to pass on. And hardware: a guillotine, a printer, stapler, a trimming board … it’s a fairly long list.
And of course I’d be very happy to help the new proprietors through the print-on-demand production sequence to make sure they don’t have to re-learn what I’ve discovered the hard way since inception in 2001. It’s really a pretty straightforward process, and I’d be more than happy to walk the new proprietors through it. Obviously, it’s something one person can do while still holding down a day job (though it might help if there were a few eager pairs of hand to pitch in once in a while). Picaro Press has always been limited by the fact that there’s just one employee on the assembly line. It’s a big commitment … but the rewards are definitely worth the effort.
Picaro Press has run in the black since day one … it has to. It’s a pretty big commitment, though. We have over 325 titles in print, most of which are still selling. That’s 131 back issues of Wagtail magazine (which could be easily revived, 116 chapbooks, and 80-odd spined books. And climbing. New books from Mark O’Flynn, Gillian Telford, Geoff Page and Meg Mooney will be launched within weeks.
So … Picaro Press is definitely a going concern. While it probably won’t pay off the mortgage, it pays its own way, plus a bit. If you’re one of the many poetry-lovers in this wonderful country who’d like to make a contribution, here’s your chance. If you’re at all interested becoming the new proprietor of Picaro Press, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or call me on 04-3865-9868. Thanks for your consideration, and
all the best,