We are living in interesting times. I incorporated the INKPACK in January 2020 with a plan based on research that I had carried out for the previous two years and then of course we all know what happened next. Let me tell you about the conception of that plan.
My name is Joseph Martin Morrison-Meade, and I published my first crime novel at Waterstones in Glasgow Scotland October 2018.
More people than ever before are writing books and yet 90% of constant book consumers or what Stephen King refers to as his 'Constant Reader' have already exhausted their favourite Authors and are already looking for someone new to read. Less than 10% of Published Authors can make a living wage from their book sales.
1.8 million disadvantaged children in the UK are unable to read properly. By 2025, low literacy will have cost the UK economy £32 billion.
“Publishers are catering to modern consumers who are reading books in different formats across different platforms, but still showing a very significant attachment to the printed word… today’s statistics prove that society’s love of books in all forms shows no sign of waning.” - Stephen Lotinga, CEO, Publishers Association
Like many things that have happened over this last twelve months none of this adds up and none of this makes any sense. Is it a ridiculous idea to think that we can do something about this?