Saturday, December 31, 2016

Top 5 Favorite Reads of 2016

Happy New Year's Eve, everyone! I don't know about you, but I read so many great books this year! It was almost impossible to pick which ones I liked best, but I managed, and here they are: my top 5 favorite reads of 2016. Did anyone else enjoy any of these?

Friday, December 30, 2016

Goodreads Review for Fathoms Below

A second review of Fathoms Below? And this one on Goodreads is 5 stars too!! I'm so happy right now I could cry. :) 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

First Amazon Review

Check it out! My first #amazon #review for #fathomsbelow!! And five stars?! Thank you so much, reader! I'm glad you enjoyed it!!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Writing Break

As you all know, I've been hard at work on my new untitled book. But I thought I'd take a quick break before bed and share how awesome my mom is. I went into her room and found Fathoms Below in the honored to-read spot on her hope chest, in the same stack as #HarryPotterAndTheCursedChild, #thebelovedinvader, and #heartsoffire! Love her so much!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas to me! Fathoms Below is officially available in paperback on Amazon!! If you're in the mood for a Greek mythology-meets fairy tale retelling young adult romance, you should use a little of the Christmas money you got in your stocking to buy a copy. Happy reading, and Happy Holidays! #author #book #newbook #newbookrelease #paperback #Amazon #youngadult #fantasy #greekmythology #fairytail #cinderella #retelling #romance #starcrossed #love #authorlauraholt #fathomsbelow #christmas

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Friday, December 23, 2016

New Book Research - Part 2

Round two of research for my new untitled book involves rereading some fairy tales that center around birds, including The Goose Girl, The Swan Princess, and The Wild Swans. Hmm, I wonder why? :)

Thursday, December 22, 2016

New Book Research

First round of research for my new stand-alone book involves a trip to vabynames.com, because names are important. #authorlauraholt #newbook #cursegirls #writing #research #characternames #author #greekmythology #fairytail #retelling #standalone #book #fantasy #youngadult

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Fathoms Below Paperback Proof

Guess what everyone? I'm proofing the paperback file of Fathoms Below today! Look for it on Amazon soon! #fathomsbelow #authorlauraholt #newbookrelease #author #writing #youngadult #book #greekmythology #fairytail #cinderella #retelling #fantasy #paperback #romance #starcrossed #love #proofreading #amazon #excited

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Fathoms Below Book Signings

I can't give any details yet because nothing is definite, but I'm going to be having two book signings for my new Young Adult Fantasy Fathoms Below in the near future! More info to come as dates and times are set.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Fathoms Above Editing

The editing process for Fathoms Above, the second book in the Star Crossed series, is set to begin February 1, 2017! Check out my instagram page for a special first look at the title page of Fathoms Above.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Fathoms Below At Your Local Library?

The other day, I sent out copies of my press release to several different publications. Today, I sent out copies of my sell sheet to all the public libraries in Georgia! I even hand-delivered copies to my local public libraries (with my mom’s help, of course). Anyone who knows me knows that I have spent a good chunk of my life in and around libraries, either checking out books, reading books, working, attending events, playing with my daughter, researching topics for my writing, or just hanging out. As such, I am super excited to be able to offer hardback copies of Fathoms Below to my local and other Georgia libraries. Hopefully, I’ll see it on the shelves there soon! If you live somewhere else and would like to see Fathoms Below on the shelf at your local public library, let me know! I'd be happy to send them a sell sheet as well.


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Goodreads Giveaway Update

For everyone who won my Goodreads Giveaway for Fathoms Below, good news! Your books have shipped! I just received the delivery confirmation emails this morning. Please keep in mind that, due to the holidays, it may take a little bit longer for them to arrive than normal, so look for them in your mailboxes anytime over the next 2-4 weeks. Thanks again to all of you for entering my Giveaway, and congratulations on your win! I hope that you enjoy reading Fathoms Below!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

FATHOMS BELOW PRESS RELEASE

As you all know, Fathoms Below was featured in last week’s edition of the Hawkinsville Dispatch & News. But that’s not all. Copies of my press release have also been sent to USA Today, the Houston Home Journal, The Huffington Post, Writer’s Digest, and The Atlanta Journal Constitution! I can’t wait to see which of these fabulous publications decide to feature my book! Keep an eye out for updates over the coming weeks, and in case you didn’t have a chance to buy a copy of the Dispatch, here is the official press release for Fathoms Below.

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Laura Holt
Phone: 478-867-3614

EXPERIENCE THE WORLD OF MAGIC AND MYTHOLOGY AS YOU HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED THEM BEFORE…

In Fathoms Below, the new self-published Young Adult fantasy by independent author Laura Holt. A fairy tale retelling of Cinderella set in modern times, Fathoms Below will appeal to fans of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Jackson Pearce’s Retold Fairy Tales. It is available for sale on Kindle, Nook, and Kobo E-Reader, and online at Barnes & Noble.

In a world where all of the fairy tales, Greek myths, and tragic love stories you grew up reading are real…where immortal gods and goddesses rule on Mount Olympus, forbidden from mingling with mortals on Earth, even the ones they love…where a beautiful girl with a golden slipper is as likely to be a thief as she is to be a princess…and where magic, as well as all those with it, have been cast out of the mortal realm for centuries…until now, Cather Stevens, an eighteen year old girl, discovers that she is under a star crossed curse cast by Zeus, King of the gods, because of a mistake that her ancestor made. Doomed forever to lose everyone she loves if she does not find a way to fix things, Cather sets out on a quest to break her family’s curse with the help of Hermes, Book Keeper and Messenger of the gods, and Peter Ganis, a mortal whose ancestry goes hand in hand with Cather’s. Along the way, they will have to face monsters of mythological proportions, angry immortals that will stop at nothing to keep the star crossed curse from being broken, and a love so powerful that, in the end, may cost Cather everything she has worked so hard to protect.

Laura Holt lives in a small Georgia town with her daughter and their fighting fish, Flounder, and has been writing avidly since the third grade. She has won numerous awards for short stories and essays, and several of her poems have been published in anthologies. When she isn’t writing, she can be found curled up on the couch reading, working out, or hunting for buried treasure with her daughter.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Fathoms Below Hardback Version

Check it out everyone! Fathoms Below is now available for sale in hardback format online at Barnes & Noble!! Pick up your copy today, tomorrow, whenever, and don't forget to leave a review after you read it to let me know how you liked it!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

THINGS I LEARNED WHEN CONVERTING FATHOMS BELOW TO AN E-BOOK

Do not have your pages numbered, either in your manuscript or your table of contents. Instead, use Amazon Kindle’s nifty Building Your Book for Kindle Guide to setup a linked, bookmarked table of contents that allows your readers to go to the chapter of their choice with a single click. This guide is available to download for free on Amazon’s self-publishing website.

Do not use the Tab key to indent your paragraphs. Instead, use the Paragraph Tool in Microsoft Word to indent your paragraphs by 0.5’’

Do not use soft returns, only hard. Soft returns look funky when converted to e-book format.

Do your research! When self-publishing, you are not only author but also agent and publisher for you book, and the more you know, the more successful you will be! Here are the links to the sights I found most helpful during my conversion process:

Do not use an online convertor! While this option might seem easy, and it’s free, which is an added bonus for most self-published authors like me, your file won’t work on all of the big e-book devices like Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, and Kobo E-Reader. Some online convertors might work on some, but none of them will work on all, and trust me, you want to be able to publish on all of them!

Do not pay to convert your book to an e-reader, either! Yes, companies like Press Books, Jutoh, and EasyEdit (for Kindle only, PC users only), will convert your book for a small, flat fee, why pay for a service you don’t really need? Big self-publishing companies, like Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, and Kobo E-reader, offer authors the option of having their print book converted during the publishing process, and it’s absolutely free! Keep in mind that you will need to preview your book before it’s published as well as make any necessary changes! Funny things can happen when you convert your print book to an e-book since you are essentially changing from one format to another—margins, page numbers, and spacing will be different, to name a few—, and you want to make sure that all this is correct and looks good before putting your book out there! But again, all the above mentioned self-publishing contents allow you to preview and edit your work as much as needed before it’s published.

Do set aside at least 3 days prior to publishing to upload your e-book, one day for each company you will be publishing your e-book through. Not only will you need to repeat the setup-upload-conversion-editing-previewing-publishing process through each company, but you will also have to fill out your personal information, i.e. tax filing, account creating, direct deposit sign up, etc. for each one as well in order to publish your book legally and receive your royalties.

Do have an editor, and listen to them! Not only is it important to have a professional eye as well as a personal one read your book before converting and publishing to help you catch any proofreading or formatting mistakes that will interfere with your manuscript’s conversion to an e-book. But take their advice as constructive criticism and apply it. Nine times out of ten (and in most cases ten out of ten), they’re always right.


Do have patience! Keep in mind that self-publishing is a lengthy, never ending process, and uploading your book properly is the most important part. So take your time, breathe deeply, and relax. Once this is done, you will be able to officially call yourself a published author, and I promise: it’s worth it!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE

For everyone who hasn’t had a chance to visit it yet, my Amazon Author Page is now up and running! Check it out at the link below for more info about me, when Fathoms Above, the second book in the Star Crossed series, will be released, and links to purchase a copy of Fathoms Below.

Monday, December 5, 2016

FATHOMS BELOW IS GOING TO SAVANNAH!

I am super excited to announce that I have been chosen by Tiffany Taylor of Tiffany Taylor Gallery to be the featured author at this year’s January Art Walk in Savannah, GA! Not only is this coastal Georgia town rife with mysterious tales and rich southern history, but it is also one of the settings from Fathoms Below. The event will take place on January 14th, 2016, and will include a booth at the Art Walk, an artist’s event with dinner and cocktails, and a presentation of Fathoms Below by yours truly followed by a book signing. Once this exciting evening draws to a close, hard copies of Fathoms Below will go on sale at Tiffany Taylor Gallery. More details to come as I work with Tiffany Taylor and her curator, Amber Holt, to plan this event. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

GOODREADS GIVEAWAY WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Congratulations to the ten winners of my Goodreads Giveaway for Fathoms Below! They were:
Donna Berry
Theresa Uher
Tyler Carter
Thomas Morrison
Jennifer Cazares
Rizeng Zheng
Jessica Rapp
Amanda Boylan
Ray Summey Jr.
Anna Franks
Giveaway hardback copies of Fathoms Below will be in the mail in 1-2 weeks. Keep an eye on my Goodreads page to see exactly when they have been shipped. Thanks again to everyone who entered this Giveaway! It was a huge success, and I hope you all enjoy reading Fathoms Below!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

FALL FOR FATHOMS BELOW WITH THE HAWKINSVILLE DISPATCH & NEWS

Happy fall, everyone! I am thankful for many things this year: God, Jesus, my salvation, my daughter, my family, my friends, my health, my job…and the author interview that took place between me and Chuck Southerland of the Hawkinsville Dispatch & News on Friday, November 25, 2016! This detailed day-after-Thanksgiving interview will be featured in the December 7th weekly edition of the Hawkinsville Dispatch & News, just in time to follow today's release of Fathoms Below! Make sure to grab a copy of the Dispatch from any local newsstand to read the full interview for yourself, or check back here for a detailed interview post!

FATHOMS BELOW RELEASED!



Fathoms Below is finally here! Thank you, thank you, thank you a thousand times to everyone who helped and supported me throughout this process! Because of you, I can officially call myself a published author! J


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

FATHOMS BELOW FIRST CHAPTER SNEAK PEEK!

Only one more week until Fathoms Below hits the shelves! And, as if that’s not exciting enough, you can now read the first chapter of Fathoms Below on Goodreads! Just click on the link below to visit the Fathoms Below page, then scroll down to choose Read On Goodreads. The PDF will then open in a separate window.

I hope you all enjoy this special sneak peek, and don’t forget to purchase your copy of Fathoms Below on November 30, 2016, from Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, or Kobo E-Reader for only $2.99!

Friday, November 18, 2016

FATHOMS BELOW BACK COVER COMPLETE!

Here it is: the back cover of Fathoms Below, complete with author photo, ISBN, and barcode! Thanks so much to everyone who viewed and liked all of my author photos, and thanks again to Katie Jo Cravey of Photography by KTJO for making me cover-worthy.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

FATHOMS BELOW AUTHOR PHOTOS ARE HERE!

Yesterday I got the pictures back from my author photo shoot with Katie Jo Cravey of Photography By KTJO, and oh my gosh, they are fantastic! I could not have asked for anything better. Here is a collage that I put together showing all of them around the book cover for Fathoms Below, but of course I also posted them below that one at a time so everyone can get the full effect. Hope you all like them as much as I do! Thanks, Katie Jo, for doing such a great job! J






















Monday, November 14, 2016

GOODREADS GIVEAWAY FOR FATHOMS BELOW

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Fathoms Below by Laura Holt

Fathoms Below

by Laura Holt

Being released November 30 2016
Giveaway ends in 17 days (November 30, 2016)
10 copies available, 34 people requesting
Enter Giveaway

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

FATHOMS BELOW BACK FROM THE EDITOR

I have received the final draft of Fathoms Below from my editor! Now, to implement those pesky changes…lol.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Fathoms Below Cover Reveal and Q&A with the Author

  • I am so excited to finally be able to share the official cover for Fathoms Below with everyone! For those of you who missed out on the Cover Reveal and Q&A event Saturday, you can view it for yourselves below!




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Well, that's it! Thanks so much again to everyone who came to this event today and supported me in my writing endeavors! Self-publishing isn't for the faint of heart, since you have to be both author and agent for your book. But I know that with enough hard-work, a lot of homework, and even more faith in God, my books will be successful. I hope to see you all at my book signing next month, so keep checking back on my author page for updates on that! And of course, I hope that you all enjoy reading Fathoms Below, and the rest of the Star Crossed series, when they come out as much as I enjoyed writing it!
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Brittany Rose Sinyard I will be there! Can't wait to help decorate your table!
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Love the cover!!!
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Lara Holt Thanks Ashleigh! I hope the rest of the book turns out as good lol
Ashleigh Dye I can't wait to read it!!
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Books have always been a big part of my life, thanks to the love of reading that my granny, Faith Holt, instilled in me at an early age. This love was then nurtured by my parents, Benjy Holt and Cathy Holt, my childhood librarian Dot Baker (may she rest in peace), and shared by my sisters, Brittany Rose Sinyard and Amber Nicole Holt. (I can't list all my friends who share my love of books. That would take too long, but they know who they are. Thanks for all the loaners over the years, guys!) So it came as no surprise that they also play a big part in the books that I write, like the one on the cover below. Still, like I said, no spoilers, so you will all have to read Fathoms Below for yourself to find out what that book on the cover is, and why it's so important to Cather.
The official book cover for Fathoms Below! Hope you all like it as much as I do!
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Josh Adams Looks like it will be catchy for sure, fairy tale lovers beware!
Benjy Holt Love it!!!
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And now, the moment you have all been waiting for...
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Where will your book be available for purchase? Will it be available on sites like Amazon, etc?
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Amber Nicole Holt I second this question
Lara Holt Yes, first editions of Fathoms Below will be available on all e-book sites like Amazon Kindle, Nook, etc. for $2.99. I am going to have a local book signing in December where second edition hard copies will be available.
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There it is! The back cover for Fathoms Below! All that's missing is my author photo, which I will be taking next weekend with Katie Jo Cravey of Photography by KTJO, and the book's barcode and ISBN number. Both of those have been ordered and are on their way to my house, so as soon as I receive them I will post them on my author page.
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Lara Holt Thanks dad!
Lara Holt Fathoms Below is the first book in the Star Crossed series, which will include a total of five books. The series centers around main character Cather Stevens, a girl from small-town Georgia who discovers on her eighteenth birthday that she is not as or...See More
Lara Holt The editing process should be completed by Monday at the latest, which then gives me two weeks to make the final changes to the book.
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Two more minutes until you get to see the official back cover for Fathoms Below! This book is set in Hawkinsville, so no spoilers, but locals reading it will most likely recognize many familiar places in the pages. Why Hawkinsville? One, because it's where I grew up, so it's where my heart is. Two, because there always seems to be a bit of mystery surrounding small towns. Sure, everyone knows everyone, but outsides aren't privy to their secrets, making you wonder what they may or may not be hiding. Kind of like Hermes, who's mysterious appearance in town, and his odd behavior, intrigues Cather until she will stop at nothing to uncover his secrets, even though the truth might change her world forever.
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On the poster, you will see miniatures of the front and back covers. These covers will be posted separately as we get closer to the end of the hour so that everyone can get a better look at them.
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Fathoms Below Promotional Poster
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Benjy Holt I like it alot
Lara Holt Thanks! It came out better than I anticipated  Microsoft Office is my new best friend lol.
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Just to give everyone a little bit more information on what's happening with Fathoms Below: right now it is in the last stages of the third and final editing process. Once I receive the file back from my editor, H. Danielle Crabtree, who is the most amazing editor on the face of the planet, I will make those changes to the book. At that time, it will be ready for publication.
Are you showing a live video too?
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Lara Holt No, there won't be a video. I am working on making one for my Youtube account, but it's not post-ready yet. Instead I will be doing the cover release in parts throughout the hour, with separate images for the front and back as well as a promotional poster for the entire book.
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Cather Stevens doesn’t love.
Not now, not ever. She has spent her entire life watching love ruin her mother, her aunts, her cousins, her grandmother, and she made a vow a long time ago that she would never let that happen to her. But when she meets a winged boy named Hermes who tells her that she is the key to ending the star crossed curse that has plagued the women in her family for centuries, she will have to redefine everything she knows about love, life, and herself.
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Welcome, everyone, to the Cover Reveal for my upcoming novel, Fathoms Below! The Q&A is now open, so anyone who would like to login and ask me a question is welcome to do so any time during the next hour. For now, I'm going to go ahead and kick off the event with the text that will be on the front and back covers of the book to give you all a little bit better idea what Fathoms Below is about. Hope you enjoy!