This week we've had great meetings of if:book's board of management and the Steering Group for our Esmee Fairbairn Foundation funded project, New Ways With Words.
There's a lot to do in the first half of next year and I'm very much looking forward to working with filmmaker and project manager Sasha Hoare and artist and web designer Toni LeBusque on our current projects, plus a network of other hugely talented associates.
Do we want to build if:book into a bigger business? As I still feel hugely relieved to have given up the level of management responsibilities I had at Booktrust, with a staff of around fifty people, I am loathe to recreate the model of a team of employees, and in a time of recession that's not easy to do, but I love working alongside the likes of Sasha and Toni, our amazing board members, associates and friends.
My prefered business model I realise is to build a league of superheroes: to gather a cluster of extraordinary freelance people, each with their particular skills - and of course their own quirks and kryptonite equivalents - amplified individuals uniting to take the book into the future and beyond!!