Statement regarding COVID-19

With regards to the escalation of coronavirus in the UK, we at Comma Press are putting in place the following actions, and we just wanted to make you all aware of the steps we are taking to avoid spreading this illness further and to protect our staff, authors and readers at the present time:

We are closing our office, but we will be working from home, so the Comma train will still be chugging away behind-the-scenes, we are all still reachable via email and social media (@commapress on Instagram and Twitter). 

We are working with our venue and festival partners towards cancelling or postponing all of our public events for at least the next month, in the interests of public health. Announcements and updates will be on our Events page and on our social media channels. We will not hold an event unless we are sure there are measures in place to preserve the health of attendees.

We are looking to move the publication dates of Setting the World by M. John Harrison to late June and God 99 by Hassan Blasim to late August, in order to allow us to (hopefully) safely host live events. These are the only changes for the moment, but we will make announcements as and when as the situation evolves.

A number of bookshops will be closing over the coming weeks across the UK, and it will be a tough time for the staff and owners of these businesses. The publishing industry and small presses like Comma rely hugely on the support of and sales through bookshops, especially indies, so if you are buying a book in the coming weeks and months, please buy from your local independent; most are offering to take orders over the phone and post them to you whilst this health crisis is ongoing. You can also buy using Hive, which supports your local indie or direct via our website where we are still (for the moment) posting out books direct from Comma HQ (with freshly washed hands). Don’t forget that all of our titles are also available as eBooks on Kindle, Kobo, Google Play and Apple Books.

We will be posting regularly on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and sharing our bi-weekly newsletter as normal. If you have any questions, comments, or just want to say hi, please engage with us there.

Stay safe, stay sane.

Lots of love,

Comma HQ