Rob Cohen & Christine Roth Announce Rothco Press, a New Los Angeles-based Publishing House & Fall Slate of Books
Los Angeles, CA – When longtime unscripted producers Rob Cohen and Christine Roth launched their boutique television development shingle Co-Conspiracy Entertainment in 2013, they never dreamed that it would also compel them to become publishers…again.
“Getting back into publishing is about getting back to our roots.” says Cohen. He and Roth are releasing Rothco Press’ first slate starting October 2014. Cohen and Roth published the L.A. based literary magazine and coffeehouse staple Caffeine in the early and mid ’90’s. Though they published the likes of Charles Bukowski, Allen Ginsburg, Dave Alvin and Pam Ward, Caffeine also nurtured an entire generation of writers and poets.
“We’ve always been about finding great stories and amazing characters. This is simply one more way we go about it.” says Roth.
So why start a publishing company now? The way they see it, it’s about selectivity and spotting trends. With the advent of e-publishing there has been a flood of fiction and non-fiction books on the market with more published every hour. No one has the facilities to process all these properties for the purpose of optioning them. What’s created is a logjam of content; opportunities to discover great works are lost, timely stories are passed over and forgotten.
To answer that need Roth and Cohen, a best-selling author whose own books have had multiple options, used their producers’ savvy to identify those works and connect with authors whose books, whether new, self-published, or out-of-print, not only interested them but have film and TV potential.
The ambitious genre-heavy release schedule includes: new and reissued novels from best-selling author and cult hero Frank Lauria, best selling romantic comedy from Jennifer Wiza (formerly Jennifer O’Connell), and new works from J.R. Mattison, Elizabyth Burtis and artist, Ted Meyer.