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New Publishing Company for Law Enforcement Authors

March 23, 2017

For Immediate Release
Contact: Timothy B. Smith—Email:; Phone: 541-887-9421

**New Oregon Publishing House to Feature Law Enforcement Authors**

[Ashland, Or] CopWorld Press is a new, independent publishing company dedicated to helping authors with a connection to law enforcement tell their stories. Its books will feature true crime, mystery fiction, police procedurals, personal memoirs and other genres dealing with cops, crime and/or the “day-to-day experiences of the men and women who so bravely serve our communities and citizens.”

Company founder Tim Smith (who writes under the name of T.B. Smith) is a retired police lieutenant from San Diego, Ca, with 27 years of policing experience. In 1984, Pantheon Press published a non-fiction book by British author James McClure called “Cop World: Inside an American Police Force.” McClure utilized the ride-along format to chronicle the  experiences of the San Diego Police Department’s Central Division officers as
part of a broader look at American policing. Smith was one of the officers chronicled under the pseudonym of Luke Jones. Mr. Smith has since written two police procedural novels (The Sticking Place and A Fellow of Infinite Jest, published by Hellgate Press) that feature a Shakespeare quoting cop who uses the name Luke Jones, the name that James McClure gave Smith.”

“Cop World was a look at stories about police as witnessed by and told to an expert author,” says Smith. “But spend an hour or two at the corner bar with a few cops and you’ll soon find they’re the best story tellers on the planet. With that in mind, I formed CopWorld Press, which will work exclusively with law enforcement authors in partnership with my former publisher at Hellgate Press.”

Joining T.B. Smith in the venture is Harley Patrick, owner of L&R Publishing, an Ashland-based company that published Mr. Smith’s first two books under its Hellgate Press imprint ( Hellgate Press was founded in 1997 and publishes books on military and regional history, veteran memoirs, travel adventure and
historical/adventure fiction. L&R Publishing also publishes children’s books under its Paloma Books imprint ( After receiving a master’s degree in 2000 from the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism, Patrick went to work as an editor at Hellgate Press. In 2007 he purchased the Medford-based company and moved it to Ashland where it has grown to become one of the leading publishers of military history books in the country.

“Law enforcement professionals have such amazing stories to tell,” says Patrick, “and Tim and I are committed to helping them do just that, as well as assisting them in navigating the sometimes complex world of mainstream publishing and distribution.”
For more information, or to submit an author query, visit the CopWorld Press website at


San Diego Book Signings for the Month of March

February 24, 2011

Here’s the current list of book signings for “The Sticking Place” in support of the official March 1, release.

Saturday, March 12, at the Kensington branch of the San Diego library at 3:30 p.m. The library is located at 4121 Adams Avenue. This event is an open discussion about the history of a first novel. A reception will follow hosted by my friends at Rex Downing Associates/Ascent Real Estate located at 4134 Adams Avenue, suite 105.

Friday, March 18, at 7:00 p.m., a book signing at the Villa Capri by the Sea in Coronado, located at 1417 Orange Avenue, directly across the street from the Hotel Del Coronado. I composed and edited much of “The Sticking Place” while staying there last winter. The innkeeper, John Miller, has been one of my best friends for 35 years.

On a personal note, I had the pleasure of meeting Caitlin Rother, a Pulitzer nominated author from San Diego today in a chance meeting at a Starbucks. We’re FB friends, I recognized her photo and said hello. She’s currently promoting the release of her book “Dead Reckoning” and working on her 8th book. She’ll be holding a book signing event at the Kensington branch of the library at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 19. Check out her website at

While on the topic of websites, I have a brand new website. You can find it at It’s a work in progress, but I think it’s a good start. Please let me know what you think of it when you have a chance. I’m offering signed first editions with free shipping at the retail price of $19.95. Look for an ebook to be available for purchase directly from my website in a few weeks.

Feeling more lively

August 27, 2010

Brain surgery is a handy excuse for taking a long time between posts. The snipping and dicing happened on October 14, of 2009, with radiation treatments following in March, and April, of 2010. I’m back in the game now though.

Good things have simmered in the background while I’ve convalesced and Hellgate Press will soon announce the release date for my first novel, along with information about how to pre-order. It’s title has been changed from “America’s Finest” to “The Sticking Place.”

I’d like to thank the physicians who’ve helped put me on the road to recovery. They’re all from Scripps Health San Diego, and I name them and their specialties below.

Dr. Xing Ren-Internist
Dr. Christopher Uchiama-Neurosurgeon
Dr. Matthew Levine-Endocrinolosist
Dr. John Romine-Neurologist
Dr. Prabhakar Tripuraneni-Radiation Oncologist