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What We’ve All Been Waiting For

A quarter score and two years ago my cousin brought forth unto this great nation a new novel conceived in the dark recesses of her mind and dedicated to the proposition that all books are created equal… or not.

OK… enough of that.  Translation: Laura wrote a cool book about seven years ago.  Whether she had dreams of it being published someday is only known to her.  What is known to the rest of us is that approximately six years after writing it, she began working with me to start Orange Publishing with the express mission to publish this book (and others if we were successful).  There’s been a lot of work done, many hours spent on this labor of love, and numerous milestones along the way, but on June 1, 2013 the event for which all humankind (at least in our minds it’s all of humankind) has been waiting occurred: the official print edition release of Crumbling Walls.  That’s right.  All versions of the book are now available and being shipped.

So, remember, the only thing we have to fear is fear of not selling enough books.  Please help us out by getting yourself a copy if you haven’t yet and be sure to tell all of your friends, family, co-workers, random people you pass on the street, that guy who is ahead of you in line at the coffee shop, the cop who pulls you over for speeding even though you weren’t speeding and there is obviously something wrong with his radar, the telemarketer who calls to try to sell you life insurance, the teller at the bank (does anyone still go inside banks?), the cashier at the grocery store, that cute guy/girl you’re hitting on right now, your neighbor who doesn’t cut their grass in a timely manner (sorry to admit it, but that’s actually me), the person who will cut you off while merging onto the freeway tomorrow (hopefully this is NOT me), Ellen Degeneres, my mom, your mom, his mom, her mom, your mom’s mom, your mom’s mom’s best friend, your grandma, the lady that gives your grandma her perm, the mom of the lady who gives your grandma a perm, Ellen Degeneres’s mom, the person who cuts Ellen Degeneres’s mom’s hair, Phil, Mike, Lori, Keisha, Henry… well you get the point… to go buy a copy now.

Thanks everyone.  You are all the awesomest people ever.

 

PS,

Don’t forget we have a book signing at Book-a-Million at Park City Mall in Lancaster, PA.

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Reviews and Promotion

Hi all.  We’re pluggin away trying to increase awareness of the book, Crumbling Walls, ahead of its official June 1 release.  Of course, as you may well know, it has been and still is available as an eBook on Amazon, barnesandnoble.com and the Apple iTunes bookstore.  And, eventhough it is also available to order online at the major online retailers, it won’t be shipped until June 1.  At any rate, this post has more to do with some of the successes we’ve had in our promotional efforts.

First, wordpress’s very own TheNovelReviewer (http://thenovelreviewer.wordpress.com/) has agreed to read the book and post a review on his blog and various other outlets.  I just received an email from him today and he indicated he has already started reading Crumbling Walls and will hopefully have a review up soon… maybe in the next week or two.  I’ll certainly keep you all posted on this one.  While you’re at it, go check out his other reviews on his blog.  He’s a good guy.

Second, I’ve spoken to the Book Editor of the regional newspaper here in Lancaster, PA and she has agreed to write an article and/or review for the paper.  This is exciting because this is not just a small local, city paper.  The New Era/Intelligencer gets distributed thoughout this region.  And while I understand Lancaster County is not a huge urban area, this is still an exciting development.  Her plan is to wait until closer to June 1 and write an article that can line up with the release and possible book signing/promotional events here in this area.

So, things are moving along.  I’m happy to see progress, but am a little anxious for June 1 to role around.  I’m not one for wishing time away as I realize how short the time we have already is, but I will admit that I will be checking the days off between now and the official release.  Thanks everyone for following our journey.  Hopefully, things are just getting started for us.

Oh, by the way, if you’re like TheNovelReviewer and would be willing to write a review of our book for your blog please get in contact with me.  I’d love to talk to you.

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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It is a Reality

After all of our work, the book is a reality.  I received advanced copies earlier this week.  The rest of them have been sent to the distribution warehouse.  I can’t really explain how exciting it was to actually hold a physical copy of the book in my hands, to flip through the pages and see all of the work we put into it in real book form.  Nothing will ever surpass the feeling of when my son was born, but  holding Crumbling Walls in my hands definitely comes in second.  What a rush?!?

Of course, getting to this point was the easy part.  Now comes the real hard work.  Getting the book noticed among the sea of other books out there.  I have no doubt in my mind that what we put out there is high quality, especially considering our inexperience.  I have no doubt that our story is worth taking the time to read.  I believe whole-heartedly that if people read Crumbling Walls they, like everyone else who has read it to this point, will be happy and eagerly awaiting the second book in the series.  We just need to find creative ways to get the word out there and convince enough people to read it that word of mouth and inertia will take us the rest of the way.

With that being said, the book is now available for pre-order on barnesandnoble.com and amazon.com.  For all of you waiting for the print edition, now is your chance to go order it.  It will start to be shipped on June 1st, but order quickly.  This initial print run is small and, hopefully, will justify a larger second printing.  Just imagine, when this does take off and become huge, you could say, “I was there at the beginning.  I have one of the few books from the first print run.”  How exciting would that be?!?

So, what are you waiting for?  Stop wasting your time reading this blog and go reserve your copy now 😉IMG_0568 IMG_0569

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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So Very Close

We are so close to getting this book out there for the public that it is both exciting and terrifying. I was talking to Laura the other day trying to remember when the book was originally written. She reminded me that it was written for Nation Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in 2006. Seeing as November is NaNoWriMo that means it was exactly six years ago that Crumbling Walls, though it was untitled at the time, was born. Time is such a funny thing. It seems like both an eternity and just a second ago since she gave it to me to read. I don’t know what Laura’s intentions were for this story, but it was clear to me after I finished reading it that it was definitely something I could see on the shelves of bookstores.

My measure of a good book is if I can’t put it down because I need to know what happens next. As anyone who knows us is already aware of, Laura and I (along with significant others and later children) vacation together every summer. In the summer of 2007 we were traveling out to the Grand Canyon. As everyone who was with us that year will tell you, every free moment was spent by me sitting and reading this story Laura gave me that she has written. There were a couple of times I even choose not to join the others on excursions, instead staying behind at the campsite to read more. I both wanted and needed to know what happened next.

Considering we are now within months of publishing Crumbling Walls, it is strange to think back at everything that had to happen to get us to this point. As one of the characters in the book says when faced with this same question, “entirely too much.”  Entirely too much indeed.  Perhaps someday I’ll sit down and document that story, but to fully do it justice I would have to start well before 2006 and I just don’t have the energy or time right now.  Just know, in actuality, that the story of the publishing of Crumbling Walls began in September 1976 when Laura was born.  The next chapter occurred two months and ten days later when I was born.  And entirely too much has happened between then and now.

I hope you are all ready to get your copies, because we are so very close now.

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Getting Closer

So, we passed the half way point in our indiegogo.com funding campaign (http://igg.me/p/165650) about a week ago. Eventhough it shows $480 raised we have quite a few contributions that were given to us directly as opposed to through the website. If we add those in we’re at about $2600 raised. With a goal of $5000 you can see we’re doing well.

However, there is even bigger and more exciting news. Yesterday we went ahead and submitted the necessary forms to make Orange Fedora Publishing a legal entity. In about two weeks we will be a registered company in the state of Pennsylvania. I have to keep reminding myself that we are actually going though with this. We are well beyond the point of just talking about it.  Each step we take forward with this project is just a little more nerve-racking, but also exponentially more exciting.

The reality of what Laura and I have been talking about doing for most of our lives is getting closer and closer.  And if passion for something is an indicator of success, there is no way we can fail.  As they say, only time will tell, but that time is growing short.  Relatively speaking, it won’t be long now before we know the fate of this dream.

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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