Wednesday, June 17, 2015
For Exposure: The Life and Times of a Small Press Publisher - by Jason Sizemore - The incredible 1st ten years of Apex Publishing
For the record, I read fiction, primarily horror. I'm not one for biographies or historical novels , so when the opportunity arose to read For Exposure, I hesitated, but just for a moment. I respect and admire what Jason Sizemore has been able to accomplish at Apex Publications and thought it might me interesting to see how he got there.
At the beginning of For Exposure it was like Jason was channeling the legendary Jean Sheppard, you know, the man responsible for "A Christmas Story." I nearly expected Jason to tell us that all he ever wanted for Christmas was a Red Ryder BB Gun.
As an adult, Jason, like many of us, felt stuck in a dead end job. Unlike many of us, he did something about that and followed his passion and so Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest was born. What follows are numerous stories of trips to cons and ongoing efforts to grow a following for his new endeavor.
It's a great story of perseverance filled with delightful anecdotes of the publishing business and the writers who contribute to the Science Fiction and Horror genres. Jason even gives several of those he writes about in the book a chance to tell their side of the story.
All told, For Exposure: The Life and Times of a Small Press Publisher, is great for anyone who might like to see what goes into creating a successful small press, or just enjoys hearing great con stories, and believe me there are a few of those between these pages. Here's to the next ten years, Jason.
Available now in both Trade Paperback and Hardcover, and available soon as an e-book, from Apex Publications.