A personal post from our founder about our latest changes at Holon: Meet Geronimo, our new Ad Agency.
The tides are turning - and during one of the critical times of the American Civil War, Lee decides to divide his army into segments. To inform the other Confederate Generals of his move, Lee commissions a courier by the name of Tad with a set of secret orders - the events that follow would change the course of history, as Tad loses the orders, and decides to take a chance that no one will ever discover his secret.
Thanks to our incredible backers - On November 1st - the Countess Kickstarter - for the sequel to Viscountess, a Novel by Taverisa, was concluded - having raised a total of $3,253, 108% of our goal, for the publication of this stellar steampunk novel. This week, we begin formatting of the final manuscript.
We also received the artwork for the cover - and let's just say, it's every bit as epic as Viscountess.
If you still want to pre-order Countess, to get your copy before it hits Amazon, or you want to be one of the first bookstores or coffeeshops to carry the book, please leave us your information in our contact section - we will be posting links for further pre-orders soon.
Starting Oct 1st Holon Publishing and company became proud members of the Hinge Bureau - a co-operative workspace in Indianapolis Indiana. The home of our new Indianapolis office is located at 719 Virginia Avenue, Ste. #101, nestled between a host of outstanding local businesses - in the community of Fletcher Place.
The new friends and partners we're making at the Bureau is taking Holon to new and exciting places. We look forward to welcoming you into this office space any time Monday through Friday, from 9am - 5pm EST upon appointment, or at our upcoming author wine-and-signs which we plan to host during the Fountain Square Indianapolis First Friday's art shows.
Come and say "Hey!" at our new workspace!
We're excited to announce that for the sequel to Viscountess, a Novel by Taversia, we will be crowd funding, via Kickstarter, the initial publication in partnership with our wonderful author-partner, Taversia.
Countess will leave exactly where Viscountess left off. More details to be released, regarding the plot of this epic sequel, will follow with the release of the Kickstarter, October 1st.
Follow the news at #Countess2014
Why is Holon doing a Kickstarter for this publication, if the first book was so successful?
As you know, at Holon, we're something of a hybrid publishing company - and a next-generation publishing platform. You may recall our successfully Kickstart'ed book, Saviors, a Novel by Matt Seidel, published at the beginning of this year, and crowd funded in 2013. Our goal is to employ a variety of alternative, and sustainable methods, in the publication of outstanding works.
Given our successful track record - we thought we'd try it again - handing the power of the publishing over to you, the readers, to decide what gets published.
What's going on at Holon?
I'm happy to announce that we're releasing a spectrum of new titles right now, from historical-fiction novel Pride and Dignity by Rodolfo Walss, to Waldorf-inspired early childhood education book "A Child's Seasonal Treasury" by Smithsonian award-winning Author Betty Jones. We also have a daring satire by Virginia Author Peter Mason, "Heroes of the 21st Century", with many many more exciting titles to come in the spring. It has been my bountiful pleasure to work with these talented and dedicated people; as well it shall be our delight to share with you the many more titles we have to come, currently either in production or in the editing process.
But what else is Holon up to?
As we're beginning to unveil, Holon is much more than a publishing imprint, we're also a New Media company that specializes in Social Media. One of our latest and most exciting projects is our work on the social media campaign for the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Louisville, KY in May of 2013, which we will have much much to share about in the coming weeks. [See More: Dalai Lama, Louisville]
Social Media Marketing is the evolving trend in promoting your business or brand. We are just getting started at demonstrating what our business has been doing for over a year for other businesses - as well as artists - in developing their social media.
One of the things that I really love...
...about this aspect of our company is having the opportunity to actually work with our authors on managing their twitter accounts - assisting them in amassing followers organically, connecting with them directly.
We're just now showcasing our social media services formally on our site, with the first of what will be many infographics that illustrate our process from Social Media Management, Promotions, and also Content Creation. We hope to deliver to you the entirety of our unique business model with the same style and simplicity here.
The bottom line? Your brand needs followers that are not only fans of what you do, but that also support and sustain your brand as a community. That is what we aim to achieve at Holon - for each of the brands we work with.
- Jeremy Gotwals
Founder & President at Holon Publishing
Wine & Sign - Not your ordinary art show or book signing.
What could be better than your typical book signing, art show, or live acoustic performance featuring great local artists? Holon's event series "Wine & Sign: Author, Art & Music Showcase," where you can find it all. Paired with a variety of wines and refreshments, the events hold a uniquely creative, lively and sensuous atmosphere for all who attend.
On Saturday November 10th Holon Publishing had its third “Wine & Sign” event since launching its first author in January, which brought together not only authors and artists, but local businesses, non-for-profits, college students and members of the community.
The event was held at Blueline Style Creative Co-op, an innovative workspace shared by various local businesses and developers that also dubs as an art venue. Blueline's founder, Chelsea Sanders, runs a wedding & event photography business, in addition to being the primary curator of the space. http://bluelinestyle.com
The third Wine & Sign marked the first presentation of Holon’s young and local authors. It also was the first time new methods of approaching the publishing process were demonstrated, beyond self-publishing and traditional methods. Holon President Jeremy Gotwals explained to the public how Holon would be integrating local businesses and non-profits, as well as crowd funding, into the publishing and marketing process.
Matt Seidel, originally from New Jersey, will be Holon’s first crime-fiction/psychological thriller novelist who will also be utilizing “Crowd Source” development to fund the marketing and production of his book, sponsored by Holon. Seidel's book “Saviors”, which will be out early 2013, is a tale of a serial murder that hunts villains, instead of helpless victims, on an obsessive pseudo-religious quest to save their souls.
Holon hopes to develop Seidel's book and successive works into screenplays and other creative projects.
Both Mariah Srygler, published poet and student at Indiana University, and Courtney Baxter, penname “Johnny Cougar,” children’s author and mother, will be co-sponsored by Holon & local businesses to participate in a publishing process that benefits Non-profits. Srygler's and Baxter’s work will involve local businesses and art by local artists, as well as creative development beyond just the publications of their books.
Syrgler gave a reading of her poetry while ambient music played softly in the background.
While guests enjoyed wine, complements of local business sponsors Historic Showers Inn and their event staff at Morrison Marketing & Media, Holon also showcased art—with illustrations from the adult satire,“You Don’t Know Anything Because You’re F@#!ing Two Years Old,” YDKA—a children’s-book satire & spoof, by young author, Valya Bundy, aka “Eva Katherine Lapore.” The book is similar to “Go the F&^@ to Sleep” narrated by Samuel L. Jackson. Artist Eric Dagley and members of the Holon team are hard at work on producing the book, which is set to release in the coming weeks.
Gotwals introduced Lapore with dramatic description, as the featured author. Afterwards guests gathered around to listen to a performance by local musician Crescent Ulmer, a member of a student group known as ‘Deadghost”. After Crescent's performance, music was played from the newly released EP “Indigo” by Indiana University Business Student and musician, Nitish Kulkarni.
Where it All Began
Thus, in September of 2011, it came to pass that the small vanity press I had been working for all summer would pass into the graveyards of other businesses that had been deemed obsolete by the coming era. "Web 2.0," "eBooks," "Social Media Marketing," these terms that are quickly becoming commonplace would be the death of many businesses that once had supremely successful enterprises...