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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Author Feature

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


Our new blog

By Kevin A. Gray
Archway Publishing

For some time now, the Archway Publishing team has contemplated creating a blog to serve as a dynamic forum for sharing in the triumph that is self-publishing a book. We all know writing is as  tough as it is rewarding;  and publishing a book can appear to be a daunting experience. Through this blog, we hope to make the whole experience that much easier and to encourage those who’ve considered publishing their books to finally take the leap.

If you’re not familiar with Archway Publishing, pull up a chair and let me tell you our story. Archway Publishing is a supportedArchway Publishing self-publisher from Simon & Schuster that is operated by the world’s leading supported self-publishing services provider, Author Solutions. Simon & Schuster established Archway in late 2012, to offer authors high-quality design, formatting, editorial and marketing services. To date, hundreds of authors have self-published books of all genres through Archway, with each authors’ publishing journey as unique as their books.

By definition, indie authors are fiercely independent people. They believe in their works enough to make significant investments financially, intellectually, emotionally and with their time to see their works through from an idea to a reality. To support these individuals, we hope to offer content  that will enhance their publishing and marketing efforts.

If you don’t find what you’re looking for here or if there’s a topic you’d like us to write about, please let us know. If you’re a published author and you’d like to share some tips, tricks or lessons you’ve learned, we’d love to hear your ideas.  Please comment below, tweet us @ArchwayPub or Like Archway Publishing on Facebook and leave your thoughts on our wall.

Thanks for reading; we look forward to joining you on your publishing journeys.