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I’ll Decide

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 Tanya Elliott , author of “The Secret Blanket.”  For more about the author and her book, visit her Twitter and Instagram. Download the Archway Publishing free publishing guide for more information on our supported self-publishing services.
SKU-001030553No thank you. Thank you but no thank you. Not a good fit. Good luck but no. Not for us. No thank you. Looks wonderful but no.Self addressed brown envelope after self addressed brown envelope. Thin, sad business sized stationary filled with rejection. It did not feel good. It felt bad! It felt worse than sitting on a bench during a slow song at a Junior High Dance.

I had seeds of inspiration for my children’s story that swirled around in the back of my mind for years. I had little notes in the margins of journals. I had character sketches on crinkled grocery receipts. It wasn’t until I was at home with my second child; sleep deprived and day dreaming that the story flashed to “real” and took shape.

FullSizeRenderI contacted children’s authors, sought advice from colleagues, family and friends. I typed, retuned and researched and retyped. I submitted and submitted and submitted. After that many “no thank you’s” you’d think I might just give up. But, I’ll decide. I decided that the world needed my story. I decided that I would self-publish and make my dream of being a children’s book author come true.

After speaking to several companies, I found that Archway Publishing and their connection to Simon and Schuster was exactly what I was looking for. Archway Publishing would guide me each step of the way and for a reasonable price. What more could I ask for?

IMG_1823I have accomplished many things in my life–two bachelor degrees, one masters degree, numerous certificates, teacher, counsellor, wife, mother. I am so proud to add author to that list. One thing I’ve learned: if I have a goal, no matter what obstacles present themselves, I will find a way. I’ll decide.

Archway Publishing is always looking for content for its blog. If you’re an Archway Publishing author and would like to share an idea for a guest blog post, please tweet the Archway Publishing Twitter account @ArchwayPub and Like the Archway Publishing Facebook page. 

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Author Feature, Publishing

“Beast Blood” is My Creation and Archway was the Machine that Brought It to Life

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 M. A. Levi, author of “Beast Blood.”  For more about the author and her book, visit her Website, FacebookTwitter and Goodreads. Download the Archway Publishing free publishing guide for more information on our supported self-publishing services. 

From the moment I typed the final words from the last chapter of “Beast Blood” onto that blank virtual piece of paper on the computer screen, I knew I had finished something extraordinary. Honestly, I knew it before then, but in my own right it was amazing. It was never my intention to write a book. I never dreamed it was possible. Me? No way! I had no prior experience, no degree, nothing. I was always an avid reader, a poet, but never an author. Nevertheless, inspiration came as sudden as lightning and obsession, along with words of encouragement, carried my determination to seeing it through.

11392958_1630173673914073_3938420631559957583_n After a long nine months of concerns, discouragements from myself, encouragements from others, research, brainstorming, editing, writing and rewriting; I finally created “Beast Blood”. In comparison, I felt like Mary Shelly’s ‘Victor Frankenstein’ when he had finally mended the parts of his creature together and starred at its crude appearance.

Astounded and mystified by how far I had come, I knew it was only the beginning. I needed to bring my book to life and progress it further.

Immediately, my family and I looked to our bookshelves. We flipped to the publisher’s page and wrote down their information. After nearly a month, my research on the countless publishers were void. The publishers that issued the books I read and loved were not a right match for me. Fortunately, it made me even more determined to find what I was looking for. I had came too far and for many reasons, I wouldn’t allow myself to give up. It wasn’t long after that until the solution I needed for my obstacle was found. I clicked on a link for Archway Publishing and progressed my reading. After my research on the company, I had to trust my instinct, which told me ‘this is it’. Immediately, I talked to a friendly consultant and several days later sent in my completed manuscript.

SKU-001012607After a couple weeks time, “Beast Blood” was accepted. I was beyond excited. Finally, I did it! There was still much more to do, but I had found the ‘machine’ that would bring my creation, “Beast Blood,” to life. Unlike the dark regretful nature of Victor Frankenstein, I didn’t have any. I knew when working with Archway Publishing I could trust their experience and dedication. I worked incredibly hard on “Beast Blood” and putting so much into it. What I liked most about Archway Publishing is that they respected that my manuscript was near and dear to my heart. The staff members that lead me through the entire process were wonderful professionals. I loved working with them and openly accepted their great ideas. Now, that “Beast Blood” is published and title live, their continuous help has made me even more successful and confident as a new author. Overall, we worked together to create something wonderful and for everything they have done to make the experience worth reliving, I am beyond grateful.

Archway Publishing is always looking for content for its blog. If you’re an Archway Publishing author and would like to share an idea for a guest blog post, please tweet the Archway Publishing Twitter account @ArchwayPub and Like the Archway Publishing Facebook page.

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Author Feature

From Plan C to Plan A

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 Malika Dickerson (Auntie Liki), author of “Dog Gone Shame.”  For more about Malika and her book, visit her Website, Facebook or Twitter. Download the Archway Publishing free publishing guide for more information on our supported self-publishing services.

“It took years to get here but I have always been determined to never become the type of person who looks back over her life and says “I shoulda, woulda, coulda.” I’m going to follow my dreams and if I fail, well then at least I gave it my best shot.” – Auntie Liki

 A as in Author

Unlike many people who spend their whole lives trying to figure out what they want to do for a living, I knew in elementary school that I wanted to be a published author. That was Plan A for me; A as in Author.

But I didn’t follow that plan right away. Going to college was always part of preparing for Plan B in case Plan A didn’t work out. My parents stressed that I should also have something to fall back on.

Pic_4 author photoThe Safest Route

I chose to go to Ohio State and majored in Communication (Strategic Communication). I double minored in Political Science and Spanish Education. I figured if I couldn’t make it as a creative writer, I could always work on some political campaign as a speechwriter.

I am very proud of my degree and my alma mater. But my desire to be an author never waned. Everything I was doing was to provide myself with a safety net – just in case I wasn’t as talented as I thought I was!

C Was Not the Plan

I planned on working for a strategic communications firm but instead landed a job with the Columbus Blue Jackets hockey team. Five years later I was still working there crunching numbers all day. It was a good job; a really exciting job, but C was not the plan. I had gone from Plan B to Plan C without ever even trying Plan A!

Taking Chances

So I moved to San Diego to try my hand as a screenwriter. However, my need for the stability of a steady paycheck kept me from giving it an honest try. I had been in California for only a month and a half before I was working in accounting again.

When the economic collapse came, the company I was working for had to downsize. I got a decent severance, had my 401K, and two years of unemployment. This was my opportunity to transition to the career I always wanted.

I started with my children’s stories, rewriting all four books and turning them into serials. To use a basketball reference, I was moving without the ball; learning how to get published and looking for freelance work. I had to start at the bottom of the pay scale, making basically $20 a day writing web content.

SKU-001049202Archway Saves the Day

After sending my stories to several traditional publishers I had an idea; if I self-published my books, put in the work to market them, and if they are as good as I think they are, I could get picked up by a traditional publisher.

I saved up the money over several months to purchase the Storyteller Package from Archway Publishing. Three and a half months later on October 27, 2015, the first of five books in my “Dog Gone Shame” series was published!

Circumstance brought me to Archway and I am so glad that it did. Thanks to the team at Archway as well as Robert Colon and Jon Lineback from WestBow Press who referred me to them, I am finally living my dream. It was a windy path from Plan C to Plan A but I don’t regret a thing because every twist and turn prepared me for this moment.

Archway Publishing is always looking for content for its blog. If you’re an Archway Publishing author and would like to share an idea for a guest blog post, please tweet the Archway Publishing Twitter account @ArchwayPub and Like the Archway Publishing Facebook page. 

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