After a year spent reducing the size of its list, closing its New York office, and stabilizing its staff, Berkeley-based Counterpoint LLC is "in a good place," according to president and publisher Charlie Winton, pointing to a spate of high profile reviews coverage and rapid growth of e-book sales. The house also has a number of big titles slated for fall and winter, including a new book by punk rock political activist Sander Hicks, former owner/founder of Soft Skull Press, now a Counterpoint imprint, who returns to Soft Skull to publish what will likely be a controversial book on the events surrounding 9/11.
In an interview, Winton discussed the closing of Counterpoint's New York office last fall ("two people 3,000 miles away was causing problems, just with communicating," he said) and coping with a down economy. "The recession was a challenge," he said, outlining the need to reduce the size of Counterpoint's staff and reduce the list by 10%. Counterpoint now has a "posse of 13" staffers, Winton said: seven full-time workers, three contract workers (including editor-at-large Dan Smetanka), and three freelance editorial workers.
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