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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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Plugging Away

It’s been a little while since I have updated everyone on our progress.  Please don’t think my silence indicates lack of progress.  Quite the contrary, my silence has been due to spending a lot of time working on this little project.  Laura finally finished her re-writes, which I must admit took the story to a new level.  I was working diligently with her during this process.  I also re-read the entire book to look for any grammatical errors or typos, as well as to make sure all of the re-writes flowed well.  I’ve also contacted a printer to start to work on making this thing a reality by, hopefully, the end of this year.

I must admit, I’ve had so many ideas of things I wanted to do/try over the years, but never followed through on out of fear.  I was raised to be cautious and avoid risks.  All of my past ideas were suppressed by these feelings.  What’s amazing about what we are doing now is that those apprehensions are still there, but my will to do this is far greater than any feelings or fears that would hold me back.  It’s nerve-wracking, but also very exciting at the same time.

Don’t forget about our indiegogo founding campaign which is now in its last few weeks.  All said we’ve got about $2600.  We’re hoping to finish strong.

http://igg.me/p/165650?a=840098

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Some Changes

Well folks… unfortunately there already existed a Fedora Press here in Pennsylvania. We’ve been forced to change a few things. Our business is now officially registered with the state of Pennsylvania as Orange Publishing, LLC. Of course, that forced us to change the logo because having a fedora hat as a logo didn’t make sense.

We also had to change the web address, which presented some challeneges as orangepublishing.com was already taken. We went through a number of variations, some of which weren’t available, others we just didn’t like. We finally arrived at and agreed upon readorangebooks.com.

BTW… that’s our new logo at the top.  Thanks for your continued support as we move forward.

 
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Posted by on October 4, 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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