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Announcing Tinder Press!

It is no ordinary day here at Headline Towers, for it is the day that we finally announced the arrival of our new imprint, Tinder Press. Here’s the press release in full:

Headline Publishing Group is delighted to announce the launch of a new imprint, Tinder Press.

Tinder Press is to be a distinct imprint publishing 10–12 titles a year, standing alongside Headline’s existing imprints. Tinder Press is created to build on recent Headline successes, for example Maggie O’Farrell’s Costa Novel Award winning THE HAND THAT FIRST HELD MINE,Sarah Winman’s Galaxy National Book Award winning  WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT, and  Andrea Levy’s Man Booker prize shortlisted THE LONG SONG.  The imprint will be steered byMary-Anne Harrington, Fiction Publisher, andLeah Woodburn, Associate Publisher, who have a remit to publish extraordinary stories from original voices: books that inspire a  passionate response and will stand the test of time.

Mary-Anne Harringtonsaid: ‘Tinder Press is conceived as first and foremost a fiction imprint, supported by a dedicated in-house team in sales, publicity and marketing: the same team that made WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT or Eowyn Ivey’s THE SNOW CHILD absolutely unmissable.  The time seemed right to grow our literary fiction publishing, giving a small number of titles additional space and the special attention they require to enable them to flourish.  We know how to create a real community around our books: it’s a wonderful marriage of new media and old-fashioned enthusiasm.’

Leah Woodburn said: ‘It’s important to us that Tinder Press provides a tailored publishing service, which will mean carving out a unique position on the list for each of our authors, and reaching out as directly as possible to booksellers and to readers alike.  We want Tinder Press books to be books to treasure – books you will want to keep – and our production values will reflect this.  We will produce beautiful hardbacks and innovative e-books for first format, followed by paperbacks with strong mass-market appeal.’

Jane Morpeth said: ‘I am very proud of what Headline has achieved over the years of publishing brilliant books, such as Andrea Levy’s SMALL ISLAND, that not only win critical acclaim but reach out to the widest of markets. And I am very excited by the prospect of expanding the range of our publishing with this new imprint.’

The Tinder Press list will launch in spring 2013 and will include playwright Peggy Riley’s AMITY AND SORROW, an extraordinary debut about sisters in an end-of-the-world cult, run by their father; THE YONAHLOSSEE RIDING CAMP FOR GIRLS by Anton DiSclafani, a lush first novel of Southern decorum, family secrets and girls’ school rituals; Michel Rostain’s THE SON, a bestseller in his native France, and winner of the Prix Goncourt Debut Novel award; SNAPPER, Brian Kimberling’s heartfelt and humorous first novel about love and birdwatching in rural Indiana, which was awarded the Janklow and Nesbit Bath Spa Prize; and Maggie O’Farrell’s sixth novel, the story of four eventful days in the life of an Irish family in the heatwave of 1976.

It’s a hugely exciting endeavour for us, and we can’t wait to tell you more about the fantastic books we’ll be publishing – do keep an eye out for them here. And, despite the fact that we’re not launching till next year, we’re already chattering away: do follow us on Twitter @TinderPress, have a peek at our website: www.tinderpress.co.uk/, and, lo! we’re even on Pintrest: pinterest.com/tinderpress/

The stories are coming…

Posted by Leah Woodburn, Editorial 

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Headline toasts 3 World Book Night titles!

On Monday 24th October the official 25 World Book Night titles were unveiled at drinks reception at Waterstone’s Piccadilly.

We at Headline were lucky enough to have three titles on this year’s list: The Take by Martina Cole, The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell and Small Island by Andrea Levy.  Neil Gaiman was also selected for his Good Omens title written with Sir Terry Pratchett.  Andrea Levy attended the launch which was held in the swanky 5th floor bar in Waterstones’ flagship store.

The Take   The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox   Small Island

Following the hugely successful launch of World Book Night in March earlier this year, next year on 23rd April, over one million books will be distributed at venues across the country including prisons, hostels, pubs and hospitals.  This year’s selection was partly chosen by members of the public, who helped to draw up a list of 100 books over the summer.  Those 100 titles acted as a starting point for the final shortlist, which was decided by a panel of experts chaired by novelist Tracy Chevalier, and featuring two members of the public amongst their number.  One of the members of the public was Chris Queree, a giver in 2011 who has spent over five and a half years working in literacy development at HMP Bristol. He made a touching speech at the announcement party where he talked about the importance of reading for those that might not have easy access to books.

The full list of 25 titles, plus details of how to apply to become a volunteer distributor, are available on the World Book Night website.  Make sure to sign up to be a volunteer, and who knows, you might be giving away one of our three Headline titles!

Posted by Sam Eades, Publicity

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