Out Now From Outside the Box Publishing
March 1, 2025. An ordinance states that any family not making $100,000 annually must move into transition camps, newly designed ‘upscale condominium units’ constructed on the fringes of New York City. These communities, surrounded by an eighteen-foot fence and around-the-clock security, are meant to teach residents how to survive in a society in which the middle class has been dissolved, offering them a step up in America. Once inside a different story unfolds.
Trane Wilson is assigned to Millstone, the prototype camp built on old shipping docks on Newark Bay. He quickly befriends three other teens—Javier, Tonka and Ish—and the quartet devises a plan to survive against the makers’ wishes. While the society around them crumbles thanks to a quickly emerging prison system, a rampant turn to religious thinking, and the infiltration of deep-pocketed outsiders creating a reality show that represents no reality that exists around them, these four boys come of age and ultimately escape Shadowstone—the residents’ name for their city—in very different ways.
Outside the Box Publishing was created in 2005 as the latest in a decade-long literary collaboration between two friends who have experienced enough together to consider themselves family. It is an important and valuable way for us—perhaps more than anyone else—to continue believing in the written word. It seems only fitting in a cyberworld so accessible, so democratic in its way, that companies like ours are a natural outgrowth. Publishing books nowadays isn’t that difficult. So many alternative avenues have opened that anyone can write and publish efficiently. The difficult part is finding people that believe in and support your work. That makes a big difference in whether we move ahead or stand still. If we don’t have someone, that one person besides us, how can we expect the best of ourselves? In many ways, our commitment to literature is an extension of our commitment to fellowship. We have been fortunate enough to have one another to keep us creatively and philosophically alive, despite the setbacks and detours and plain old realities of modern existence. Outside the Box Publishing is our way of opening up the conversation and allowing other serious writers into the fold.