As I’ve discussed previously, I’m on my own because my wife took off for a girls only trip to the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas and I’ve been thinking of various things to do to irritate her while she is gone. However, after the news about Mud Luscious Press closing (as well as their imprint Nephew though apparently and thankfully not their imprint Blue Square Press) I’m going to take a break from my whining to mourn Mud Luscious Press.
(Note: for the moment, you can still get their remaining titles through SPD, Amazon, or Powell’s…but I’m sure these will go fast and then be hard to find. Move quick if you want one.)
After all, this press (and its imprints) are wonderful. I’ve adored books such as The Alligators of Abraham by Robert Kloss, Cataclysm Baby by Matt Bell, We Take Me Apart by Molly Gaudry, Billie the Bull by xTx, The Iguana Complex by Darby Larson, and others. As a writer, I’m depressed that I’m never going to be able to have a book published by Mud Luscious Press or Nephew. However, the worse loss is as a reader.
After all, I’d gotten to the point with Mud Luscious Press that if I was looking for something to read and didn’t know anything about a book, the Mud Luscious Press label was enough for me to pick something up. Even if I don’t know anything about one of their books, I know from all of their books that I’ve read that I’ll definitely enjoy it. That’s a hell of a good thing to say about a press, something I have come to develop for few other presses (like Dzanc Books, Atticus Books, and such). There are some great independent publishers out there and I’m sure I’ll develop the same confidence in others that I’ve developed for Mud Luscious Press, but let’s face it…one of the lights in the sky has just winked out.
In any event, though this is sad and I don’t specifically know why Mud Luscious Press closed, I can understand. Independent publishers work extremely hard and could probably make more money (in the case that they even make any money at all) tap dancing downtown for spare change. They do what they do because life is better that way, and no one can ask anyone to shoulder that kind of burden any longer than they themselves volunteer for. Mud Luscious Press will be missed, and certainly saluted for all the good they brought to the world while they were shouldering the burden.