I’m Murderati’s Thursday’s Child. While Pari is fair of face and Deni is full of grace, as Thursday’s boy, I have far to go. This pretty much sums up where I am with my writing. The tagline for my entries is “Hard Pressed in the Small Press.” My books, so far, have been published in the small press. Essentially, I’ve yet to crack one of the six major publishing houses in NYC. That’s where I want to be and it’s going to take a lot of hard work to get there. So as Thursday’s Child, I do have far to go.
Living in the small press is a tough existence. Most might think it’s because small press means small staffs, small budgets, limited recourses, smaller print runs and the worst of all—small advances. This is all true, but these things don’t hinder life in the small presses as much as one particular publishing facet—distribution. The cold honest truth about the success of any book is that it all depends on distribution. If it’s not on a bookshelf, then no one knows about it and no one can buy it. The distribution clout of the small press publishers is so tiny that getting the book on the shelf becomes difficult. I’m not complaining (much). It’s just a harsh industry reality.
So the small press means I carry a weight penalty. That’s fine. In fact that’s good. That penalty makes me stronger. To get my books out there and recognized, I have to be smarter than the average bear. I consider I’m serving an apprenticeship as a small press author. I’ve had to develop sharp marketing skills to get my book seen. As a consequence, I’m right inside the machinery of the publishing engine. So hopefully, when I get a book with a major publisher that weight penalty will be lifted and I’ll have an edge on my fellow authors.
Each week, I hope to bring you a slice of life in the minor leagues, whether it be writing, selling, promoting or celebrating. There will be highs and lows, and probably a lot of strange. I seem to run into strange. And I promise to poke fun at it too. So sit down, relax, switch off your cell phone and enjoy the show—and let’s see how far Thursday’s Child can go.