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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Re-Release Coming Soon

Sometimes, you think to yourself I've done all I can on this book. It's time to publish it, and sometimes, you're wrong.
Sometimes, you meet people that open your eyes to things you NEVER saw were 'wrong' and have overlooked hundreds of time.

That sometime happened to me recently when my new business partner (Indie World Publishing & Author Services) and friend Angie Martin (author of False Security & Conduit) pointed out some head hopping that I tend to do a lot in my books. After reviewing Angie's edits to The Falling of Love, I have decided to revamp not only that book, but the entire series.

So once again a new version of all three books is scheduled to be out late March, published by IWPAS.

I hope that my loyal fans, who never noticed any of these 'errors', will still love the books as much as they do now, hopefully more.

This time I will be doing things the right way.

Being an indie author is hard work, folks. It's a rough road of falling down, standing up, dusting your butt off, and getting back on for the ride. I've learned a lot over the past year and a half, which is why I decided to create a company that helps indie authors, as of now, I'm still dusting my butt off...

This time we will have cover reveals...yes there may be a cover change and there are tons of people who haven't seen the current covers so for those of you that have I apologize.

We will have a book tour.

We will have giveaways.

And lots more!

So here's to the future of the Falling series!


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Interview with me about The Falling series - Part 1

Here's a little interview with me talking about why I started writing The Falling series. The lovely and talented, interviewer, videographer, and producer Krista Witherow will be sitting down with me again this Saturday to film another interview where I'll talk about The Falling of Hope and what I'm working on now.

Please head over to my Facebook author page and post any questions you would like asked. If they are not asked on the video, they'll be answered on the Facebook page following the release of the interview.

Here's the link:
Questions for the author?

The writer who's a terrible blogger...

  Most people probably think that writers just work on their books, edit them and wa la, they're done. That is the furthest from the truth. Being an indie-author, in a saturated market means that you can't just happily write your stories and quickly edit them then throw them up on Amazon or Smashwords and be done.

  With thousands upon thousands of titles available, and some for free, being a writer in this day in age now means that you are also your own publishing company, editor (if you're unlucky like me and are unable to pay one), PR,  and oh yeah, you're the author too.

  With that in mind, one might be able to figure out why I'm a horrible blogger. I wish that I could sit back and write my little stories and then send them off to my publisher and let them do all the work. But I am my publisher so that's not the case for me.

  I spend most of my time trying to promote my books on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and reading and reviewing books for other indie-authors. It's a daunting task! I'm grateful for the creative freedom to be able to write my stories the way I want to and to be able to market my books the way I want them marketed, but it doesn't leave me much time to keep up with this blog.

  Today I'm going to make an effort to catch you all up on what's going on in the world of this little known writer.

My biggest news!

 The Falling of Hope (3rd and last book in the Falling series) was released on December 16th, 2013! I can't express how thrilled I am with the new size and matte cover (non-glossy). One of the book's biggest fans Tricia actually received her paperback copy before I did and let me take a look at it. This was the most excited I had been to hold one of my books in my hands since I started this process. It looks impeccable, thanks to CreateSpace publishing! I'm also beyond thrilled with the feedback I have been receiving on this book! Take a look below for some of what's being said.

"My review – Five Stars:
I enjoyed reading The Falling of Hope. It was a pleasure in getting to know the character’s and being able to participate in their life’s journey as I watched them evolve throughout the whole series. The depths of despair can be painful, but what I learned from the final book is there’s always hope around the corner. I’m truly sad to see it end, but it was such a gratifying piece of writing that never disappointed." R.Lynn Archie - Author

"I dont know how to feel about this book...i really liked it but im also abit sad that it has come to an end! Ive loved reading about Grace's life and how she has grown before my eyes, i didnt want this book to end but i did at the same time...confusing my feelings!

Grace really matured in this book, she was making better choices for herself even though it was really hard for her, and yes i to believe in fate :-).
Even though the book was based on Grace's life/loves i was pleased to see Ian really grow up and sort himself out, he finally realised that he made stupid mistakes but really he had to make them for him to realise he was messing up!

I loved everything that happened in this book (well almost everything, 'Ben' is all im saying), especially how it ended. I cant really say much more without giving things away, Marisa done a really great thing with these books and really pulled you into the story and i felt for every single one of the characters. I sure am going to miss Grace, Ian, Jaden (my favourite character) and Michelle. What a great end to a brilliant series!"
Tracy


"The Falling of Hope was a great conclusion to Grace's story. I'm so glad that I stumbled upon the Falling Series when I did. The timespan that is covered is so much longer than most books of this genre which not only gives it good depth, but also allows the reader to get to know the characters as they mature from teenagers to early thirties. I definitely recommend this series." Barrett



You can buy the book using the following links:

Paperback

Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/The-Falling-Hope-Series-Volume/dp/1492311383/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389722082&sr=8-1&keywords=marisa+oldham
or
CreateSpace
https://www.createspace.com/4425914
Barnes & Noble
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-falling-of-hope-marisa-oldham/1117740886?ean=9781492311386

eBook (all formats)
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/388716

The book will be available through iBooks as soon as Smashwords approves it for publishing.

What I'm working on now... 

Michelle's book -

Currently I am writing a book that will be a spin-off to the Falling series where Michelle Hathaway, Grace's younger sister will be the main character. For those of you who miss Grace, don't worry, she'll be there for Michelle as Michelle was in Grace's story. As usual I hope to bring you a love story (stories) filled with real life emotion, drama, and surprises. Below is the current synopsis that I have for this book. I still don't have a title for it so the working title is Michelle's book. Don't worry, that's not what it will be called ;)



Synopsis:


Thirty year old Michelle Hathaway has it all, a fabulous Paris loft with a picturesque view of the Eiffel Tower, a successful career as both a fashion photographer, a mutual partnership in an up-and-coming Paris art gallery, and a jet-setting life filled with exotic friends.

And she’s giving it all up...for a man. A man that she has been entangled with in a long distance relationship for years.

Micah Roberts has asked her to move to Los Angeles to be with him and to start a new life together. Although scared, Michelle is finally ready to let go of her fears and take a plunge into the unknown.
Little does she know that a heart wrenching battle lays ahead of her. Forced to deal with tremendously horrible events, Michelle learns to let down the walls she has built around her heart. She learns to be strong when faced with circumstances she cannot control and discovers something very unexpected and life changing.

You Have Such a Pretty Face -


 I began working on a contemporary romance/love story about an overweight fashion photographer who lives in Los Angeles. I have put it on hold while I finish Michelle's book, but I plan to complete writing on it once I finish writing and editing Michelle's book and once I revamp The Falling of Love & The Falling of Grace.
Here is the current synopsis for it.

Synopsis:

 A novel in the works, only 56 pages into writing this one. You Have Such a Pretty Face will be an eye opening story of Phoebe a young, beautiful, successful, but obese insecure woman. Phoebe is forced to take a real look at how she feels about her appearance when she meets and falls in love with Nicolo Albato, Italian born, tall, dark and handsome model.

 

 

 

What I need from my readers...

Reviews

The only way books authored by indie-authors make it in this market is by word of mouth and reviews. I need everyone who has read this and all my books to PLEASE leave reviews. Star ratings with just a few words about how you felt about the book works fine - I actually prefer that reviews on my book are not detailed and that they don't give away spoilers.

Please use the links below to leave your reviews on each site the books are available on. You may copy and paste the same review to each site, as long as it's there it doesn't matter if it's the same.
Thank you so much for your support!


The Falling of Love

 

Amazon:
Barnes & Noble: Barnes & Noble has recently started a new program for authors so I may need you to leave the same review once I put the revised version of TFOL up on their site.
Smashwords: If you are a BETA reader or you have already purchased this book through another vendor, please let me know so that I can provide you with a coupon code so that you will not have to pay for the book.
LuLu: There are two versions of the book on LuLu and LuLu does not list them under one link so I need a review on the paperback and one on the ebook. So sorry!
Goodreads:
You may also leave a review with your iPad or iPhone via iBooks - search my name to locate the books.

The Falling of Grace

Amazon:
Barnes & Noble: Barnes & Noble has recently started a new program for authors so I may need you to leave the same review once I put the revised version of TFOGup on their site.
Smashwords: If you are a BETA reader or you have already purchased this book through another vendor, please let me know so that I can provide you with a coupon code so that you will not have to pay for the book.
COUPON CODE: FT92A
LuLu: There are two versions of the book on LuLu and LuLu does not list them under one link so I need a review on the paperback and one on the ebook. So sorry!
and
Goodreads:

The Falling of Hope


Amazon:
Barnes & Noble: Barnes & Noble has recently started a new program for authors so I may need you to leave the same review once I put the revised version of TFOL up on their site.
Smashwords: If you are a BETA reader or you have already purchased this book through another vendor, please let me know so that I can provide you with a coupon code so that you will not have to pay for the book.
COUPON CODE: QH35G
Goodreads:

Sunday, June 23, 2013

How to spend your Sunday when you are editing a book...

I have entered the editing phase on the final novel in the Falling series, The Falling of Hope. This is my least favorite part of the entire process of writing and publishing a book, because first of all I am seeing all the mistakes I made during the writing process and although I try to be conscious of the mistakes I tend to make, they are always there taunting me. Second, I'm so eager to share the novel with all my readers once I've finished writing it, that it makes it really hard to go through the editing stage. Finally I dislike this part of the process because it is a tedious task. Make one wrong move in your manuscript in Word and you can mess the entire format of the book up!

  It's a beautiful, slightly breezy, and warm Sunday and I've been sitting here since 10 AM trying to edit and instead I've blogged, searched the internet, and stared off into space in several 3-5 minute intervals. :) 
I literally get an uneasy (best way to describe it) feeling in the pit of my stomach knowing that the novel is near completion and near its release date. I suppose I have "release anxiety".

  Here I sit blogging instead of editing. I know what you're thinking if you are a fan of the series, Get to it!
Okay, okay, I'm off to edit. I just wanted to update all of you on the status of The Falling of Hope. As of now, I am editing, yeah I know, you picked up on that from what I wrote above, my editor Lulah Wolfinger, also has her copy of the book and has already begun sending me her edits. I am playing with the idea of having a second editor look over the book as well. It's going pretty smoothly so far and I believe I have found a way to make the book less pages which will make it more affordable for everyone, including me!

  Since the book signing and meet and greet is scheduled for August 10th, 2013, at Hastings in Prescott, I need to have the book printed and shipped to me by then. So I am shooting for a release date of July 19, 2013. Keep your fingers crossed!

Tips of Self-Published Authors

Since last September (2012), when I first started working on my first novel, The Falling of Love, I have learned a great deal about writing, resources for new writers, self-publishing, grammar, and everything else that comes along with writing and self-publishing your novels or novellas.
  Along the way I have learned some tips and tricks. Although I am still learning, I thought it would be helpful to share what I have learned up to this point and update the blog as I learn new things.
  Below are links, tips, tricks, and whatever else I can think of that will help new writers. I will update this list as often as I can, because like with a lot of other things in life, this is a constant learning lesson. I hope you find some help from this blog post.

Resources and Marketing

Goodreads.com

Goodreads.com is not only a great online social networking site for readers, but it is also a valueble resource for authors. I love Goodreads.com because I can connect with other writers and self-published authors as well as find new books to read. When you signup for Goodreads.com one tip I can give you is to signup with your Facebook. If you have a page for your writing on Facebook, make sure you sign up with that Facebook or things can get complicated. By signing up with Facebook your updates on Goodreads.com will be synced with your Facebook and any friends on Facebook will be synced with Goodreads.com if they are members as well. Make sure to signup for Goodreads.com author's program! You will appear as a Goodreads Author and you will be able to add your books to Goodreads.com.
Join groups - There are a ton of groups on Goodreads.com where you can get reviews from readers on your books, talk about writing, or just talk about the book you are reading.

Here is a link to my Goodreads.com author's page:  Author Marisa Oldham on Goodreads.com

Facebook

Anyone and everyone, down to the company that makes your favorite fabric softener, has a Facebook page. When I was a professional photographer I learned the value of word of mouth, and the same can be applied to trying to market your books. Word of moth is KEY in promoting anything you are trying to sell or get into the public eye. Books are harder to market than photography is. Not everyone reads. Not everyone reads the genre you write in. However, with a Facebook page the  opportunity to reach your potential audience is endless. Facebook is not only nationwide, but worldwide as well. If you are a writer who is trying to get your story out to the world, I highly recommend you stop what you are doing right now (keep reading to the end of the sentence) and make a Facebook page dedicated to your writing (okay, now go make your page).

Here is the link to my Facebook page dedicated to my writing:  The Falling Series of Novels by Marisa Oldham on Facebook


Writing/Grammar/Punctuation Tips

Many self-published authors, myself included, cannot afford the massive expense of a professional editor. Some of the quotes I received when first researching an editor blew my mind! The least expensive quote I received was $1,200! This can put you in quite the pickle if you are not financially capable of paying these types of fees. So your question is what do I do to make sure my book is at it's best? Well, first of all, edit it like crazy, but if you are like me, you will miss many many things. One thing I have used, almost on a daily basis, is Google.com. You can find tips on almost anything on the internet. Below are some other tips/resources you may want to look into when trying to get your novel edited.
  • Ask another writer to review your manuscript
  • Join a group online that provides writers with feedback and editing of their work
  • Use Grammarly.com (paid subscription is required) (thanks to R. Lynn Archie for providing me with this tip)
  • Hire a freelance editor via  eLance.com
  • Purchase a proof paperback copy of your novel and read it/edit it
6/23/13
Today I am editing The Falling of Hope using the Grammarly plug-in for Word. It caught this error:
While reviewing this "error" I didn't think that it was actually incorrect, so I used trusty ol' Google.com and found this helpful article from About.com: Punctuating Dialogue - Fiction Writing - About.com

The Falling of Hope Book Signing/Meet & Greet at Hastings in Prescott

A date has finally been set for a book singing and meet and greet for The Falling of Hope. Please join me at Hastings in Prescott, AZ on August 10th from 12 - 2 PM. Paperback books of all three novels will be available for purchase from Hastings and a coupon for a free eBook of your choice will be given to all those that attend.
  This is very exciting and nerve wracking for me at the same time, as Hastings is a nationwide retailer of books, music, game, movies, and all things entertainment.
  Please feel free to bring friends and family with you!

  An optional (buy your own food/drink) lunch will be held immediately after the books signing (approximately 2:30 PM) at the Prescott Brewing Company in downtown Prescott.
  Bring your novel to have it signed or purchase one at the book signing!
We had so much fun at the last book signing and would love to have any fans of the books join us!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Falling of Grace book signing

 Last Saturday was probably the most fun I have had as an author since this adventure began last September. Twelve ladies (and poor Ken - Tricia's husband) descended (probably very loudly) on Chili's in my hometown for The Falling of Grace book signing. We talked about the book, fans had their paperbacks signed, we talked about other books, my fans asked me questions, and most importantly, new friends were made!
 Each of my guests received a free bookmark as a thank you for reading and supporting the novels.
We had so much fun at this event I have already scheduled a book signing for The Falling of Hope on July 27th! If you are in the area, please join us! Hopefully I can get the book finished by then! If not, it will just be another party!

 




Update on The Falling of Hope

I finally finished reading The Falling of Love (TFOL) and The Falling of Grace (TFOG) and started to read through the more than 500 pages I have written of The Falling of Hope (TFOH). My sister and co-creator, co-idea-ist < new word has been listening to me read it for the past few days and she came up with a WONDERFUL idea, unfortunately this is causing me to write more of a book I thought was done.

I have to say though, I am pleased with the way the story is going and I think you will all (well most of you) will be happy with the end of Grace's story. Stay tuned for the announcement of the release. I have to finish writing it, send it to my editor (my little sister Lulah), read my editing copy, make the corrections, convert it to eBook format, and then...THEN it will finally be out. Hopefully before the book signing at the end of July!