Author Feature

Author Feature: JC Colarusso Shares Her Self-Publishing Path

From time to time, Archway Publishing turns over its blog to its authors, giving them the opportunity to share stories and perspectives about their individual self-publishing journeys. The following are the words of JC Colarusso, author of “Short Tales of a Long Doggie.” Check out our free publishing guide for more information on Archway’s supported self-publishing services.

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Follow your passion!  If there is one formula I would recommend for writing, or in life, it would be that. I have always wanted to write a book.  I
have written about personal experiences, I have tried to write total fiction, but when it came right down to completing a writing project from start to finish, it was when I followed my passion.

About Passion:

I have always loved animals.  I grew up in rural Saskatchewan, where most of our animals were sadly considered as part of our next meal. I like to think that I was always able to recognize the beauty and the awareness of these animals, whether it was a chicken, or a cow or a deer.   It wasn’t until I moved to the city and saw the waste of these little, perfect spirits due to neglect or abuse, that I realized I needed to do something to help them.  But rescue work is very difficult, and the outcome often heartbreaking.  I found that the most productive thing I could do, and hopefully do well, was to write to young minds and help them understand this concept of mutual respect.   Buddy, my wonderful little dog was going to help me do that!

Buddy the dachshund was my “once in a lifetime” dog.   Determined, funny and independent, as dachshunds are bred to be, he spent his 13 years teaching me a myriad of life lessons.

Colarusso's advice to aspiring authors: "Follow your passion!  If there is one formula I would recommend for writing, or in life, it would be that."

Colarusso’s advice to aspiring authors: “Follow your passion! If there is one formula I would recommend for writing, or in life, it would be that.”

My Target Audience:

Children respond to dachshunds because they are short in stature and comical in nature- truly endearing. Today children are pushed to be active, and are kept very busy from the time they are very young.  I like to think that reading develops their mind in a whole different way than playing computer games.  Reading with your child, interacting and talking about the book is important and necessary.  Computers are great but there is a lack of human interaction that concerns me.

The other issue is that we have become a disposable society.  And pets have become increasingly disposable.  I wonder when families get rid of a pet for whatever reason, it sends a sad and fearsome message to a child who wonders if they could be disposable as well.

My Team:

Although I felt I had good instinct, if I wanted this book to become a reality I needed help. As a full time working person, the amount of time I could dedicate to this project was limited.  That was when I found Archway Publishing.  They helped me fill in the gaps with what I needed to know in order to produce a quality product.  They had experts who guided me along the way, and encouraged me every time I was ready to give up.

The Result:

Everything about this book is upbeat.  The character is always happy, and always ready for each new adventure.  He loves his life and where he lives and everything around him.  The graphics are bright and cheerful, and the location is a sunny, happy place called Florida. This is a truly endearing book, written with love.  How could it not be successful?

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Author Feature

Author Feature – Jessica Stafford

Jessica Stafford was a typical second grade girl, looking forward to finishing another school year and diving into a summer of fun with her friends. After suffering severe headaches for a few weeks, she received news that would change her life.

Jessica Stafford at age 8, seven months into chemotherapy treatments.

Jessica Stafford at age 8, seven months into chemotherapy treatments.

The happy seven year old with the beautiful blue eyes and long brown hair was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a rare, malignant tumor that occurs in the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls coordination, memory, and equilibrium. Thus began Jessica’s battle with cancer.

Jessica, now 20, shares her story of survival in her narrative “My Side of the Story,” recently self-published through Archway Publishing. Her

Jessica Stafford shows off her book at the Archway Publishing reception at BEA 2015.

Jessica Stafford shows off her book at the Archway Publishing reception at BEA 2015.

story of endurance, from the diagnosis to dangerous surgery to radiation and chemotherapy treatments, includes diary entries that provide a glimpse into the life of a young cancer victim. Jessica recently attended Archway Publishing’s reception at BookExpo America in New York. She answered a few questions about her book her self-publishing journey.

What led you to write your book?

            After surviving my battle with cancer I felt that I should share my story with others who might be experiencing similar situations. I also wanted to share with the world what God has done for me.

Who do you hope to reach with your book and what impact do you hope it will have on readers?

It is my hope that my story will reach out to people who are battling cancer or to those who have friends or family battling cancer. I believe my book will have a positive impact on those suffering from the disease or any other illness or difficult time in life. I believe my story will encourage and motivate others to be strong, have faith, and fight to overcome their battles in life.

What surprised you about self publishing and advice for other authors?

Self publishing has been a wonderful experience for me. I got to choose the layout and font styles for my book which was pretty exciting.stafford cover The best part was designing the cover of my book. Archway publishing company was extremely helpful in every process of publication. They were all very helpful and walked me through each and every process and answered my questions when I had them.

            To other aspiring authors I would just say: Go for it! I never thought that my book would be good enough to be published. Don’t think you’re not good enough to get your work out there. Give yourself a chance. It will be worth it.

Is there a personal story or experience about your book that you can share?

Publishing my book has been a wonderful experience. There is no greater feeling that having someone come up to you and say “Wow, you’re a published author?” or “I’m friends with a published author”.

            I have to say that one of the greatest experiences I have had since publishing my book was going to the BEA in New York City. I got to go to NYC for the first time and it was amazing. I also got to meet some other authors at the expo, including my favorite author James Patterson. I got to talk with him and get my picture taken with him. That’s a moment I will never forget.



Archway Publishing Authors Attend BEA; Keith Ogorek Offers 4 Takeaways

Archway Publishing authors and invited guests at the BEA reception.

Archway Publishing authors and invited guests at the BEA reception.

For the second consecutive year, Archway Publishing hosted 25 invited authors at a special reception in its booth last weekend at BookExpo America in New York City. The authors and their guests had the opportunity to meet and network with members of the Simon & Schuster and Archway teams, as well as with each other.

Keith Ogorek, senior vice president of marketing for Author Solutions – which operates Archway Publishing for Simon & Schuster, said authors were surprised by the scope of BEA and were pleased to learn a lot about the publishing industry. Ogorek shared “Four takeaways from BEA that authors should know about” on his IndieBookWriters blog.

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