I've sold over 1000 of my first novel - Ctrl-Alt-Delete - http://www.david-lewis.co.uk/wordpress/?page_id=53 just by e-mailing friends and a few web sites (all in UK) - but I agree it's hard for Welsh writers to get noticed when the arts council gravy train season ticket holders get all the grants, bursaries, magazines reviews, promotions etc. It's a closed shop in Wales unfortunately, on the plus side if you do manage to find those rare good writers you'll be in for a treat. Try John Evans, Eloise Williams, Sally Spedding, Catrin Collier, Amanda Weeks, Mike Jenkins, Rachel Trezise maybe?
Something to consider is Worldcat.org. If you can get one library that is part of Worldcat.org (And I'm pretty sure that is all libraries nowadays), then it will show up there. If someone else wants to borrow that book, their library can do an inter-library loan request. If enough people request the book, more copies may be ordered at different libraries. So the first thing would be to get some books into a few libraries, and the second would be to create more demand and thus more libraries would want to buy copies.
Are most of the users on this site from Portland? If they are spread across the US, and are dedicated, then I think you've got quite a shot. If most are situated in Portland, then Portland has a good chance of changing but I doubt the rest of the US would follow suit.
An excellent suggestion. I must admit I hadn't heard of Worldcat before. Will check them out asap. Members on AC are spread all over the US, Canada, Australia and Wales itself of course. So....if we all acted in concert......
Worldcat is very useful. I came across it while working in a college library. There is a lot of controversy among librarians over it, because Worldcat apparently wants to control all the libraries and how they put their information out. A very weird fight, but worldcat is definitely useful. It came in handy earlier this year when I wanted to get ahold of a book called RImjingang, which was the first English language publication of a special magazine on North Korean human rights abuses. At first only military institutions were buying copies. As soon as I looked in Worldcat and saw that a copy was at a regular library, I pounced and demanded a copy from the local librarians.
Anyway, the point of my rambling is that if people look there, they can see any library in the whole US that has copies of Welsh-authored and centered books. And if we could manage to keep those in constant circulation, libraries are going to have to buy more of them.
Syniad da...and please feel free to ramble at any time :) Might be worth a blog post and perhaps even a dedicated group on the site?
Interesting discussion, with some great suggestions. But Ceri, I don't see a Book Club tab......... is it only on the Navbar for members in the US? I can see Bookstore there, but that's all.....
Actually we DO have a book club....but its been buried in the vaults and neglected for too long. Here is the url ( I also featured it on the front page ):- http://americymru.net/group/welshbookofthemonthclub
You can find groups from the 'Community' dropdown on the main navbar on any page on AC :)
See also SJ's help article on Groups in the Technical Assistance for New Members Group:-
We've been trying to promote Anglo-Welsh literature for 5 years now. I set up the international 'Welsh Poetry Competition' in 2007 and we've had 2500 entries in those 5 yrs, and it's growing each year. This year we published our first anthology of all the winners.
http://www.welshpoetry.co.uk/anthology.html also available on Amazon although we only get 23 pence commission, more direct from us.
The competition itself will launch again in 2012 with a new judge and we are always looking for new talent.
We get entires from all over the world but it would be great to get some more from America that's for sure.
Anyway, cheers for reading this far, have a look at what we do here
Interesting study today by a researcher from the Cardiff Business School who showed that Wales has declined seriously in its attempts to attract inward investment over the past decade -- partly due to a failure by the Assembly Government to project an effective image for the country. Sorry, all you Government ministers, but we told you so ....... Since the WDA and Wales Tourist Board were shut down and their activities brought "in house" the efforts at marketing the "image" of Wales have been haphazard at best and pathetic at worst...... some of the comments on this forum are very relevant. What is it that makes Wales "special"? And if the Welsh Government knows, why isn't it telling the rest of the world about it? One tactic has to be to increase the profile of Welsh literature and cultural activity generally -- the National Eisteddfod, yes; more Welsh films and landmark Welsh dramas on TV, yes; more promotion of Welsh icons (and there are plenty of them), yes. This is a cultural issue, and also a marketing issue...