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There isn’t a whole lot to comment on right now.  We have new business cards as you can see above.  As I said in the last post, we’re working hard on raising awareness ahead of the June 1 release of the print edition.  If you haven’t had a chance yet be sure to check out the review that was written by TheNovelReviewer.  It is a very fair review of our book.  You can find the review at http://www.thenovelreviewer.com/2013/03/31/thenovelreviewer-reviews-crumbling-walls-by-laura-strandt/. One of his readers was nice enough to comment as well with her own review.  So far, I can’t be anything but happy with the reactions we’ve been getting from our readers.

The author, Laura, and I will be working on setting up signings events in the respective areas in which we live.  In other words I’ll be setting stuff up here in Lancaster, PA and she will be working on the Detroit area.If you happen to be a reader in another part of the country and would like to see us come to your area please contact me at dave@readorangebooks.com and I’ll see what I can do.  Until you guys make this a big success Laura and I both have to work day jobs 🙂  With some luck and help from all of you, we may get to a point where we can devote our time to what we both love… writing and publishing books.

On another note, like everyone else in this country, our thoughts and prayers go out to the city of Boston and everyone affected by the bombing.  Hopefully as authorities investigate they will be able to give us an explanation as to why this took place.  I also believe it is important to remember that there are people in other countries who live in fear of these types of bombings on a daily basis.  It serves as a reminder of how far we have to go as humanity in learning to love and accept each other so that we can someday live in peace despite our differences.  I hope ever to see that day.  Until then, be safe everyone and remember to love thy neighbor.

 
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Posted by on April 20, 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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Two More Updates

Hi all.  Well, Crumbling Walls is now available on Barnes and Noble’s website as a Nook Book and on Apple’s iTunes store.  If either of those are your preferred eBook formats, we’d love for you to go check it out.  If you go to our website, http://www.readorangebooks.com, there are links to the book for Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and directions to find the book on iTunes.

The print edition is in the works and we’re hoping to have it available by the end of this month.  As this is our first book and we have limited resources we’d, of course, appreciate any help you can all offer in getting the word out.  Thanks.

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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It’s Here!!!!

Today was a very significant day in the life of Orange Publishing.  Our very first book became available for purchase.  Yep, Crumbling Walls can now be purchased as an eBook from Amazon.  While there is still a long way to go in getting it printed and available in physical form, I must say, seeing it listed at Amazon is a really cool feeling.  I must also confess that pressing the submit button yesterday afternoon was also extremely nerve-wracking.  Laura confessed that her nerves are really jittery, too.  It’s one thing to write it and work on it.  It’s A completely different thing to put it out there in public.

It’s been submitted to barnesandnoble.com as a Nook Book as well.  It should be available there in the next day or two.  I’ll be sure to update all of you when that happens.  I’m also working on getting it available from Apple through iTunes.  That will happen soon, hopefully.

Our marketing of this book is going to have to be extremely grass-roots, so we’d love any help you can provide by sharing the link with your followers and friends.  Of course, feel free to buy a copy as well and let us know what you think of it.  We like it quite a bit, but I’m willing to accept that we may be a little bias 🙂

As I said, I will be sure to keep everyone updated as it becomes available at other sights and in different formats.  In the meantime, here is the link for the book on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AY5FTMU

Thanks everyone. Y’all are awesome.

 

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Silence Doesn’t Indicate Stagnation

Hello all. I just wanted to assure everyone that my/our silence does not indicate that we have not been making progress. As part of nanowrimo Laura has completed another book, which hopefully we’ll get a chance to publish in the coming years. I have also been hard at work on Orange Publishing business. Aside from working on Crumbling Walls, I am also helping another friend edit his book. His will most likely be self-published, but I am helping him get it ready for print. As for Crumbling Walls, Orange Publishing now owns a block of ISBNs and the book has been submitted for copyright. Once the copyright comes back, we’ll be able to put the finishing touches on getting this thing ready for print and then… hopefully everyone will go buy a copy and tell all of their friends who will, in turn, tell all of their friends, etc, etc, etc.

I keep feeling like we’re almost there, but then I realize there is more to do.  I guess that is all part of doing this for the first time.  We’ll know better everything that is involved for the next book.  Of course, with this book it wasn’t just the publishing of the book, but the actual start-up of the company, too.  As long as we are movning forward I will be happy.

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2012 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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