Author Feature

The Glastonbury Gift

The following are the words of Tom Tyner, Archway Publishing author of “The Glastonbury Gift.” Download the Archway Publishing free publishing guide for more information on our supported self-publishing services.

There is a Story inside Everyone

StoryAs a novice, I can only speak from the heart, not from experience. First and foremost if you feel within you dwells a story then write it. Don’t mimic me and put it off. For years my family and friends encouraged me to write. With a love of history, the gift of a great memory, and a vivid imagination, I finally took their advice. A person once said, “In every person, there lies a story waiting to be told,” this I strongly believe. Writing can be gratifying and aggravating but in the end, it is the most rewarding experience. I started writing not for the monetary factor but for self-satisfaction. Once I started I couldn’t stop, I’m currently working on two books.

For aspiring authors, I can only say there is no way to explain the feeling that comes over you when your readers tell you, “I read your book, when is the movie coming out?” My story deals with war, mysticism, and romance. It’s about a young man raised in the Florida Keys who works with his father on a fishing boat. However, World War II comes along and he ends up in England. There he meets a lovely English Miss and finds a relic that impacts him and all those around him.

Receiving Feedback

A dear friend approached me one evening and said words that truly Storyuplifted me. He said, “Tom I enjoyed your book, do you know how long it’s been since I smelled puppy breath?” Me too I replied. That one phase brought back an abundance of memories. The backstory behind the phrase is that it’s what our hero says he’s going to do after the war, can and sell puppy breath as a joke. Many of my readers connected with my story and said, “They could picture what they were reading,” which in my opinion is a very important aspect of writing a great story. I had an emeritus tell me once, “Tom in no way are you a great writer, but you are one hell of a storyteller. You can be a John Steinbeck with the Grapes of Wrath or a James Michener with Hawaii. Go for it and good luck Tom Tyner author of The Glastonbury Gift.”

Advice to Aspiring Authors

Well after I just spent most of the time bragging about my book, here are is some advice for those serious about writing. First, enlist the help of a firm, it will cost but it’s worth it. Archway Publishing was the perfect fit for me and my story. Second, never, ever go anywhere not even to bed without a pad and pen nearby. Don’t come up with a gem just to let it float away to obscurity and drive you crazy trying to remember it.

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Back From the South: A Couples Transitions From Segregation to Integration

The following are the words of  Teressa V Staten Ph.D., Archway Publishing author of “Back From the South: A Couples Transitions From Segregation to Integration.” Learn more about Teressa from her website and Facebook page. Download the Archway Publishing free publishing guide for more information on our supported self-publishing services.

Continuing the Legacy

For several years after my husband passed, I considered finishing a draft of a book that he had begun about the life of my son. Of course, I procrastinated for many years. However, one of my Back From the South: A Couples Transitions From Segregation to Integrationclose friends suggested an idea that began my self-publishing journey. She was the one friend who always planned our interesting trips. This time she suggested we come together and write. Each of us came up with a broad writing goal. I decided to write a memoir about my husband who had been one of the first African Americans to integrate the Marine Corps, and the Huntsville, Alabama Police Department.

Focusing on Writing

We started a writing club in the fall of 2014. My home was the meeting place. We would each write toward our individual goals over a day and then share what each had written gathering reactions and feedback from each other. Over the course of a year, we did this about three times. Between our meetings, we were to continue writing, but that did happen…most of the time. The book began to take shape and decided to focus on not only my late husband’s life but also about my growing up and that of our son who took his own life.

I decided to get serious after feedback from the group of friends was very positive so. I joined the Atlanta Book Club Association where I began to interact with a few members and received information about steps to take toward getting your book published. After registering, I attended the Atlanta Book Festival over the Memorial Weekend in 2015. I submitted my query letter to three publisher’s teams and I received positive feedback. These were face-to-face one on one meetings that lasted 15 minutes.

My Publishing Journey

One publishing company requested that I send them the first chapters as the issues proposed in my book related to areas of special interest to her company. I ended Back From the South: A Couples Transitions From Segregation to Integrationup sending them the chapters and an improved query letter. After about six weeks the agent emailed me to arrange a conference call with two others in her company.

The team went over a few minor changes and indicated that once I sent them a revised version, I would receive a contingency contract. I was on cloud nine. At the close of the phone conversation, one of the individuals added I should redraft the three chapters only in my voice. Mind you this was one of two teams who had complimented me on the way I had written in my husband’s voice. I listened and indicated that I would respond within two weeks as I had other obligations.

I did think about the request and discussed it with two of my writing team members. Both thought the style of the book was unique and that I should proceed as I had begun using my husband’s voice until after we got married. I informed the editor of my decision by email without room for further discussion. I also sent out query letters to three additional publishers and got some feedback. However, their requests did not fit with the direction my book was going.

Finding Archway

I knew I was going to finish the book regardless and learned about self-publishing through the Atlanta Book Club. I began to research self-publishers and went as far as having conversations and review of their options. After receiving a special offer from Archway Publishing and since it was associated with Simon and Schuster, I decided to work with them. I was assigned to a concierge who was probably young enough to be a grandchild. She was very patient and responded quickly to any concerns that I had. Others in the organization were most helpful and open to allow me to be satisfied with my book. The development team was excellent especially with my cover, which I changed several times.

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Judy Barnes on Self-Publishing “Two Girls from Nazareth”

The following are the words of Judy Barnes, Archway Publishing author of “Two Girls From Nazareth.” Download the Archway Publishing free publishing guide for more information on our supported self-publishing services.

How My Story Became a Masterpiece

NazarethMy name is Judy Barnes and I’ve always been interested in writing. I have read the Bible many times, but there always seemed to be something missing. How did Mary (the mother of Jesus) become the woman who would give birth to Christ’s Child? While pondering the problem, I started writing about two girls who grew up in Nazareth. Consequently, Two Girls From Nazareth was born. Continue reading

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Outline Before You Write

Mention the word outline in a room full of writers, and you’re sure to ignite a firestorm of passionate debate. Writers either love to use this tool to improve their writing or they hate it. While it may not suit every writer, a well thought-out outline can be a valuable asset, and serve as a road map to which a lost writer can refer to get back on the path to success.

Keith Ogorek, senior vice president of marketing for Author Solutions – which operates Archway Publishing for Simon & Schuster, shared three options for creating an outline on his Indie Book Writers blog. In the post, Ogorek reviews three popular options: the classic outline, the summary outline and storyboarding.

 

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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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