As the pre-season footballing world becomes a frenzy of big signings it made sense for Urbane to make a few of its own. Here’s the press release announcing the first of many exciting new projects.
Urbane Publications will publish the next book from bestselling Amazon Kindle thriller writer Tim Adler in April 2016, £8.99, paperback. Urbane has secured world rights, all languages for print editions.
Matthew Smith, director of Urbane, commissioned Tim on the back of his self-publishing success. His debut Slow Bleed went to number one in the Amazon medical thriller chart while influential review site Crime Book Club made it a Book of the Month. Its follow-up, Surrogate , has stayed in the Top 40 psychological thrillers for over a year, outselling more established thriller authors, and was a Book of the Month on E-thriller.com.
Hold Still is a Hitchcockian thriller about a woman who photographs the moment of her husband’s death, only to suspect that everybody else in the photo is somehow involved in his murder. Urbane calls it “a Murder On the Orient Express for the Snapchat generation.”
Matthew Smith, director of Urbane, says: “Collaborating with Tim on Hold Still offers a unique opportunity to combine our enthusiasm, energy and knowledge to bring a high quality thriller and very talented author to a wider readership. It’s a proactive partnership designed to give readers the best book possible. ”
Tim Adler says: “What Matthew offers is a true partnership between author and publisher. We will be in lockstep throughout when it comes to making decisions about the book. Too often publishers just ignore authors, who are the people, after all, who know most about their work – the word author does stem from the word ‘authority.’”
Aurum published Adler’s most recent nonfiction book The House of Redgrave, a biography of the acting dynasty, described by The Sunday Times as “compulsively readable”. Bloomsbury and Methuen published his previous non-fiction titles. Adler is a commissioning editor on The Daily Telegraph, who has also written for the Financial Times and The Times.
The e-book of Hold Still will be published by the author through its Kindle Direct Publishing platform. The paperback edition will be published by Urbane, distributed through Combined Book Services and represented by Compass. All editions will be promoted collaboratively by publisher and author.
Urbane Publications was launched in February 2014, around a focus on the 3Cs – care, content and collaboration. Authors and readers are at the heart of Urbane’s development, growth and success, and the key aim is simple – to publish fantastic books.