Below is an email I just received from Martin Shepard of the Permanent Press, a small publisher whose books win award after award. Yet its catalog is almost completely overlooked by the Five Families of the Literature Mafia that dictate which books are or are not "important." Full Disclosure: Permanent Press has published two of my novels.
"WOW" is all I can say. Less than an hour ago. Howard (Owen) won the 2013 Hammett Prize for OREGON HILL, and Judy (Shepard) and I are besides ourselves, smiling and high-fiving since we heard the news.
It seems like just yesterday that Chris Knopf won the 2013 Nero Award for DEAD ANYWAY. And Jaden Terrell's A CUP FULL OF MIDNIGHT was a finalist for the 2013 Shamus Award.
These people are just kicking ass, even if most of the daily papers and magazines (ah yes, including the New York Times and other major newspapers) pay scant attention to some of the most artful mystery writers in the country.
Let the Big Five Conglomerates, with more than 100 imprints continue to dominate most print media. The miracle, as far as I'm concerned, is that so many bloggers,online reviewers, prepub reviewers, and select columnists (like Marilyn Stasio and Hallie Ephron) manage to get the word out and make this sort of success possible.
A publisher is only as good as the authors who come to them, and it fills us with Joy (yes, with a capital "J") that so many gifted mystery writers (including Connie Dial, Gwen Florio, David Freed, and Leonard Rosen) have allowed us to publish their books over and over again), along with other first timers adding to this core group.
Thank you, one and all, for this gift: lovely people and gifted writers who will not be denied and give their publishers so much pleasure.
Martin Shepard, co-publisher
The Permanent Press
4170 Noyac Road
Sag Harbor, NY 11963
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