SourceBooks, a publisher out of Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ stomping grounds in Naperville, Illinois, is joining the ranks of romance publishers. It’s new line is dubbed “Casablanca” and will offer “15 to 20 titles per season, in a mixture of mass market and trade paperback formats.” The editorial manager is Deb Werksman who previously purchased manuscripts for the relationship, wedding, and humor imprint.
The books will be in “all genres of romance fiction, including paranormal, time travel, contemporary, romantic suspense, historical, erotic and Regency.” Werksman told Publishers’ Weekly that she is “looking for books that actually transcend a genre in some way.” Publishers’ Weekly went on to say “Werksman's goal is to launch new authors and ‘pick up authors who are looking for a new direction in their career.’”
The launch titles are a time travel romance Hundreds of Years to Reform a Rake by Laurie Brown, and two Regency romances, No Regrets by MichÃƒÆ’Ã‚ ¨le Ann Young and a reprint of “Cotillion” by Georgette Heyer.
I’m not sure whether to be afraid (Casablanca isn’t what I would term a romance) or excited (books that transcend the genre are exciting). They’ve already caught on to the popularity of the male torso cover, although I think its universal that people like the faceless male torso the best.