So as you might know, Raging Swan Press is based in the UK and Brexit just happened (or more accurately has started to happen).
It’s been a tumultuous few days and I fear we have many more to go. I have no idea how it will turn out eventually. As you can imagine there is a fair amount of panic, confusion and mudslinging. I voted to Remain and I’m very saddened that as a nation we’ve voted to leave Europe. That said, a vote’s a vote and now I think we’ve got to get on with it.
At the moment, I don’t foresee any major challenges or problems for Raging Swan Press. Nothing has really changed as of yet. Virtually all the places we sell our products are based in the US and most of our trade is in dollars. (Certainly virtually all the stores we operate in work in dollars and we pay all our freelancers in dollars unless they ask otherwise). While we have a few European freelancers (notably the remarkably talented Tommi Salama in Finland and Maciej Zagorski in Poland) I see no reason why our relationships with them and our other European partners shouldn’t continue as normal.
However, as these changes will take some time to sort through and because our schedule is full through to the end of the year I’m suspending our general open call for 20 Things articles. If I have your article, I’ll still look at it and it’s still eligible for publications but I think it would be unfair of me to continue accepting submissions when I have no idea what next year is going to look like yet.
And back to now. The only affect I’ve noticed to date is a half-dozen or so Patreon patrons cancelling their pledges. That’s fair enough; after all the £, $ and € have been all over the place in the last few days and I suspect the exchange rate will continue to bounce about for some time to come. (For example, as I write this the £ is at a 31-year low against the $!)
If you’ve any questions about Brexit and Raging Swan Press, I’ll do my best to answer them; just leave them in the comments section below.
(And finally, if you fancy giving us some solid support to get through this turbulent time, please buy an extra book or two or sign up to our Patreon campaign—the extra help would be gratefully received!)