Publishers Weekly | October 21, 2002
When asked how big her 19-year-old Cambridge, Mass. store
is, Kate Mattes jokes, "Not big enough." Though
the square footage of Kate's Mystery Books won't be expanding
anytime soon, Mattes's sphere of influence is growing very
nicely, thank you. Her latest venture is a new publishing
imprint, also called Kate's Mystery Books, with Boston publisher
Justin, Charles & Co. "I see it as an extension of
bookselling in a way," says Mattes. "When I'm reading
manuscripts, I think, 'Would my customers like this book?'"
Parameters for the new imprint are still very flexible, partly
because the house itself is new. In this, its first year,
Justin, Charles has 12 titles on its list. "Our plan
is to ramp up after a year, and we expect the Kate's imprint
to grow along with everything else," says publisher Stephen
Hull. "Five years down the line, I'd like to see us publishing
30 to 40 books a year, with 15 to 20 of those Kate's books."
The imprint's first title will be Scarlett Thomas's Dead
Clever, the first in the British writer's Lily Pascale
series (and previously published by Hodder in the U.K.), due
out in February. The following month will see the release
of The White Trilogy by Ken Bruen, another British
import. The Repo by Bill Eidson has just
been signed and is scheduled for May 2003.