Mona Fertig exiting book publishing trade
December 14th, 2021
After thirteen years and 52 books, Mona Fertig, founder of Mother Tongue Publishing (MTP) has announced she will retire at the end of year.
“I began Mother Tongue’s literary trade publishing venture enthusiastically in 2008,” says Fertig. “The book publishing business is a highly competitive and complex world, and the hustle has only increased.”
The pandemic made business more difficult adds Fertig. “During this time our book sales dropped 65% and have only improved slightly. The Canada Council and BC Arts Council emergency funds helped in sustaining MTP, paying the printers, designers, bookkeeper, accountant, editors, royalties, and advertisers, but sales have increased very slowly, despite MTP spending more on advertising.”
Mona Fertig began promoting poetry and the arts in B.C. long before 2008. She started organizing poetry readings and producing a poetry show on Co-op Radio in the early 1970s, which led to opening what she calls the “first literary centre” in Canada – the Literary Storefront (1978 – 1985). So, after fifty years of service to B.C.’s literary community, Fertig says, “I am ‘ready’ (definition of fertig) to have more time for my poetry, myself, my family and my grandchildren!”
Fertig will keep Mother Tongue Publishing and promote the company’s backlist, 2020 – 21 titles and authors into 2022-23 by submitting their books to various awards, reading series, etc., as well as paying royalties every year. But she will not be signing any new authors.
“I am very grateful for all the wonderful years of special events, writer, book and art celebrations, the amazing and highly rewarding art sleuthing adventures, and all the good friends we’ve made while bringing Mother Tongue to the fore,” she says. “What a rich and interesting time it’s been! Mother Tongue has attained an excellent reputation as a small regional literary press and most of my authors are happy authors. I believe our beautiful books, (40% were shortlisted or won awards), have made an important and timeless contribution to the literature of Canada.”
Mother Tongue Publishing is holding a December book sale with free shipping and 25 – 40% off many of its titles.
For more information, go to this link: https://www.mothertonguepublishing.com/shop/?store-page=December-Sale-25-Off-Free-Shipping-in-Canada-c123705589