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Indie Publisher Matthew Smith

Interview by Press literary editor, Jo Ely

Matthew Smith has spent the last 25 years working with books, beginning as a Waterstones bookseller in 1991. He was a commissioning editor and manager at major UK publishers  Routledge, Longman, Arcturus, Hodder Headline, Pearson and Kogan Page. In early 2014 Matthew founded Urbane Publications, an independent UK publisher, producing print and digital books in a number of genres from fiction to poetry to business. Matthew has a special interest in genre-busting fiction, publishing debut authors, as well as new works from established writers. http://urbanepublications.com

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Jo Ely

Described as "an intelligent, creative, imaginative, original writer" by Guardian Book of the Year author Trevor Byrne, Jo Ely has been Shortlisted for the Fish International Short Story Prize and has had a short story selected for an anthology edited by New York Times Notable Book of the Year author Sandra Tyler (Woven Tale Press, US ed. 2016). Jo has published short stories, children's books and written interviews with writers for the Woven Tale Press. She also reviews for the world's first online Empathy Library. 'Stone Seeds' is Jo's first novel, published by Urbane Publications (Amazon.co.uk).

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