It may be a quiet time for publishing as summer winds down, but we have not rested.
Newcastlewest Books is growing.
Our focus has been on historical fiction, but as we reviewed manuscripts submitted for consideration we realized that history is being made all around us. Society is changing, and are we missing something by not including history making in our catalogue?
We are pleased to introduce "CITY THAT WORKS", an imprint that will house contemporary fiction. Still with that Irish influence, of course, but we will publish fiction that explores issues that will be discussed far into the future.
The imprint name is a salute to the city of Chicago, where so many Irish found homes over the centuries. The novels we plan to release may largely be set in Chicago, the city that works, and will feature characters who work. Ordinary people in extraordinary situations will feature in books published under the CITY THAT WORKS imprint, but the situations could explore such divisive issues as gay marriage or dealing with the disabled.
All in all, it is an exciting new venture that we are sure will resonate with readers looking for quality fiction.
More news will come as we move forward, with our first release planned for the 2015 holiday season.