Publishers Weekly reports today that Uglytown, the LA-based small press that turns out some of the best-looking books I’ve ever seen, is temporarily suspending operations until Spring 2006, when they will release HUNG OUT TO DIE by Brett Battles. The "hiatus" is blamed, in part, on the bankruptcy of
[Tom] Fassbender said
UglyTown has been plagued by cash-flow problems after the Words bankruptcy in
2004 and the house’s switch to PGW for distribution.
"It’s been hard on smaller publishers," said Fassbender about the soft market
conditions. "We’re slowing down our plans. Bookstores are just not ordering
titles in the quantities we expected." Fassbender said he was pursuing a number
of financing possibilities for the press. Founded in 1998, UglyTown has
published about 14 books.
I’m truly sorry to hear about this. The guys at Uglytown love the mystery genre and it shows in the fine product they put out (including works by acclaimed authors like Victor Gischler, Gary Phillips, Nathan Walpow and Sean Doolittle). Here’s hoping that Uglytown comes back stronger than ever.