Tinder Press: One Year Old Today
February 28, 2014
Today marks a rather special day in the Tinder Press office, for it is officially our first birthday. And so it feels right to pause for just a moment and reflect on the year that’s seen us transform from a mere twinkle in Headline’s eye to a fully formed, living, breathing imprint.
A year ago we launched the list at a candlelit party in a crypt, surrounded by authors, colleagues and friends in the book trade. Since then, we’ve had a Sunday Timesbestseller in the mighty Maggie O’Farrell’s INSTRUCTIONS FOR A HEATWAVE, which was also shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award. We launched four brilliant debut authors with a splash, one of whom, Michel Rostain, was selected for the prestigious Waterstones 11 promotion with THE SON, and we’ve also been thrilled to welcome some wonderful new talent, including the acclaimed Patrick Gale, to the list.
Our authors have done events across the UK and performed at literary nights; our editors have chaired events and hosted publishing masterclasses; we’ve been to literary festivals and we’ve toured round bookshops; we’ve rolled out the Tinder Press Book Club, our initiative for reaching out to indies in every corner of the country, and we’ve collected over 4000 followers on twitter. We’ve talked and talked and talked some more, about Tinder Press and our passion for publishing the very best literary fiction, to anyone who’ll listen – from agents to booksellers to journalists, bloggers and, of course, readers.
We wanted you to get to know us. Our aim was always to create an imprint that stands for integrity and quality, but also feels intimate, and accessible. We ultimately want the Tinder Press name to be one that people feel they can trust. I hope, in the year that we’ve been publishing, we’ve gone some way towards achieving that; it will be what continues to drive everything we do in the future.
So tonight we’ll be celebrating our first birthday in the best way we know how, with a party somewhere buzzy and candlelit. And we’ll be raising a glass, to toast of course our incredible authors and their incredible books, but also the first year in the life of something we hope will endure for many more.
Leah Woodburn, Associate Publisher