Uglytown on hiatus
Lee Goldberg links to a missive from Publishers Weekly yesterday that breaks the sad news: Uglytown is suspending publication until next spring:
[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.
Like Goldberg, I am truly sorry about this, because Fassbender (with partner Jim Pascoe) consistently publish quality books that look amazing. But when the distribution isn’t there, it’s really difficult to break even, let alone make any money.