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Elastic Press closing its doors

02/01/2009. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Sci-fi and fantasy small press Elastic Press will be closing to future publications with immediate effect. Their final publication was the Subtle Edens anthology, published on 1st November 2008, and during the course of 2009 they'll slowly be running down the company with the focus on attending conventions to sell their remaining stock.

In a statment, Abdrew Hook said, "This hasn’t been a snap decision, and isn’t the result of any ‘credit crunch’ or financial difficulties. In fact, I’ve known for two years that ‘Subtle Edens’ would be our final book. The main reason for closing is that I’ve increasingly found Elastic is becoming a burden rather than a pleasure. I’ve run it mostly in my spare time over the past six years (and occasionally part-time and full-time), and I’ve decided that I now want to focus on my own writing and spend more time with my family. Not only that, but I feel I’ve taken Elastic as far as it can go. We’ve had some great successes – in terms of reviews, awards, and sales – with, perhaps ironically, 2008 being the best year to date; however I feel I’ve hit a wall in my ability to expand the press further and my enthusiasm is starting to wane. Rather than wait until such time that I start to do a disservice to the authors, it seems better to quit whilst I’m ahead. As I said, the company is solvent and our authors have already been informed and are aware that any royalties due to them will be paid."

Elastic Press won five awards. The British Fantasy Society (BFS) award for Best Small Press in 2005, plus BFS awards for Best Anthology 2005 (The Alsiso Project), 2006 (The Elastic Book of Numbers) and 2007 (Extended Play). In addition, “Other Voices” by Andrew Humphrey won an East Anglian Book Award in 2008

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