Posts Tagged ‘philanthropy’

New Publishing Company for Law Enforcement Authors

March 23, 2017

MEDIA RELEASE
For Immediate Release
Contact: Timothy B. Smith—Email: submissions@copworldpress.com; 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 (www.hellgatepress.com). 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 (www.palomabooks.com). 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
http://www.copworldpress.com.
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Knots of Love

May 15, 2012

The answers to some questions seem obvious before you ask them. But Christine Fabiani surprised me when I asked her motivation for creating “Knots of Love.” It’s a charity that makes and donates caps to cancer victims and I was sure she’d known someone intimately who’d either lost or faced the prospect of hair loss due to illness. Starting a mini-ripple of philanthropy aimed toward one person that swelled into a wave of generosity washing over countless others seemed like a logical progression.

“My son asked me to make him a cap.” The answer was that simple. Only Christine had no idea how to do it and no intention of trying to learn until her son’s requests persisted. It took a series of failed efforts before she created anything that functioned like the cap her son craved. But time mixed with persistence is the recipe that solves most of the world’s solvable problems and her caps soon got so popular that her son’s friends all wanted one and so did their friends…  Christine kept making the caps after demand dwindled, because “making caps is a fun, quick way to pass the time while watching TV or a sporting event… A friend told me she would have loved a cap when she had cancer.  I looked for a charity to donate my caps to and couldn’t find one. That’s when Knots of Love was born.”

Christine’s baby is now a 60 to 70 hour a week job and well worth the time and effort judging from the feedback. One cap recipient told Christine “I never dreamed I’d be going bald at the age of 28. Losing my hair has been devastating. I was so nervous that I’d wake up, all my hair would be gone, and I’d have nothing to cover my head with! Your gift has been the bright spot of my day, and I am so excited to have something I can still feel attractive in. Cancer is awful, but it’s wonderful to be reminded there are amazing people in the world, people who make a difference in the lives of hurting people like me.”

The gift of “Knots of Love” is grander than the solace it brings to the people who receive and wear the caps. The charity has also recruited a dedicated cadre of cap makers who donate their time and skills. Christine tells me, “I hear comments all the time like–thank you for saving my Mother’s life, now she has something to do that makes her feel good.”

Giving and receiving. In the end, Christine tells me, it’s all part of the process for “people of all ages in need of love, kindness and support as they wage the fight of their lives.”