By AK Dale
CINCINNATI, Ohio – It was simply a matter of making a difference in the world of publishing.
Eric Beebe took a look around the landscape and sensed a change was needed.
Thus after long consideration and figuring he knew what the consumer needs, he helped give birth to Post Mortem Press.
“Post Mortem Press was born, like many entrepreneurial ideas, to fill a perceived gap in the publishing industry,” Beebe said. “Big Six publishers were interested in cranking out the next big thing, academic houses are working with literature with a capital L, and small presses come and go, either due to poor management or a lack of respect for the author. I wanted to create a well-run press that was able to change as the market – and our skills – changes while honoring the invaluable contribution of the author.”
It was this respect for the writing and thus the authors that drives Beebe and his just under, two-year old company. But it hasn’t come without the normal growing pains.
“Our original books needed better editing and formatting,” he said. “But, the beauty of this process is that we can, did, and continue to improve even our older releases. Now, Post Mortem Press has been in existence since late 2010 and we have just over 40 books in print right now, with a plan for roughly 10 more by the end of the year.”
The works of his house include some serious successes in what amounts to a relatively short period of time.
“I am really proud of the anthologies where we were able to get big named authors included,” he said. “It is our way of getting small authors noticed. People buy the book for Clive Barker, Jack Ketchum, Joe Hill, etc., and get to learn more about the works of Ken Cain, Jessica McHugh, Paul Anderson, Jason Downes, and dozens of others. More than I can list here. I feel bad only listing some names.”
Despite not being able to run off the litany of authors under his wing, Beebe’s care for the men and women he is entrusted to represent well is quite obvious.
“I find I am most rewarded by the response I get from authors when I offer to publish their work,” he said. “It is almost like being Santa Claus. The ability to make someone’s dream come true is a little overwhelming. I do my best to stay humble though, as my little company is just a small step toward becoming a career writer.”
As any company should, Post Mortem Press holds on to a bevy of ideas for where they would like their success to come from.
“I see two or three levels of success,” Beebe said. “First, and most obvious, is financial. My financial goal is to earn enough from PMP to pay my household expenses. The others are more esoteric. We are gaining a name for ourselves as purveyors of quality work. We do not need to actively solicit authors, they come to us. We also work hard to be a reputable organization. We treat authors with respect and our checks clear. I think we have reached these to a certain extent. When people like Clive Barker, Jack Ketchum, Joe Hill and others allow us to include their work within our books, it demonstrates a level of legitimacy.
“Sure, we make mistakes, and learn from them. I am never one to avoid ‘I don’t know’ or to not admit a mistake,” he added.
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