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
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
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
Friday, December 23, 2016
Thursday, December 22, 2016
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
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
Monday, December 19, 2016
Friday, December 16, 2016
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
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
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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Laura Holt
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
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
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
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
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
Congratulations to the ten winners of my Goodreads Giveaway for Fathoms Below! They were:
Ray Summey Jr.
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!