For the most part, I’ve chosen to remain positive about the current state of the economy– it’s not that I am naive. I’ve been through recessions and layoffs before. Been laid off twice myself. It’s not fun. But the fact is that eventually we come though these things. I don’t have any answers, but the more we know, the more we can prepare ourselves or come up with creative solutions.
I wanted to share this news here because it is important. We all know the publishing industry is changing. Print may not be dead, but in some ways it’s on life support. Small presses are struggling and as writers this affects us greatly. For many of us, small presses like the University of New Mexico Press are our first line of publication. And for the university the UNM Press brings a certain amount of prestige— sure it’s no football team, but isn’t having the UNM name stamped on quality literature the kind of noteriety a university should be proud of?
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ALBUQUERQUE—Despite months of budget-cutting and assurances from upper management that jobs were not in jeopardy, employees of UNM Press were left stunned yesterday by announcements of layoffs and possible outsourcing of their jobs.