BW junior Sarah Stefaniak publishes novel
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Ask most folks who are avid readers and they would tell you they think they have a book inside of them struggling to get written; and ask most publishers how long it takes a novice writer to get that first book written and they will tell you that the industry standard is seven years.
Ask 16-year-old Big Walnut High School junior Sarah Stefaniak, who happens to be an avid reader, if she would like to write a published novel and she would say she has already done that; and ask her how long it took and she would tell you that it took about six months to write her first novel, My Supplier.
Of course Stefaniak would tell you that it takes longer than six months to write a book and get it sandwiched between two covers and ready to market. She wrote My Supplier when she was a 15-year old sophomore.
“It started as a homework assignment in Mrs. (Angie) Stooksbury’s class,” Stefaniak said during a recent interview. “The assignment was to write a two– or three-page paper about a character with a strong personality. I love writing, and I write all the time, so when I started writing the assignment it was fun, but sometimes I can’t believe I’ve done this.”
What Stefaniak ended up doing was writing a 358-page novel set in 2038 about a society that raises personal organ donors for elite citizens.
Stefaniak said she gave a copy of the novel to her parents, her mother Carol suggested sending it to a publisher, they sent it off to Tate Publishing, and the rest, as they say, is history.
It wasn’t instant history. Somebody at Tate had to read the manuscript, talk about it, decide if publishing the novel would be a profitable venture – which is what publishers do, look for profitable ventures and marketable writers.
“We got a call from Tate and they wanted to publish it,” Stefaniak said. “My father’s an attorney, so he helped with my contract. Copies are already available online at the Tate website, we have early copies that we can sell, and it’s also an eBook.”
Stefaniak said her marketing rep is preparing bookmarks, posters, cards and commercial trailers for the official May 7 release of My Supplier.
As an emerging young author Stefaniak has been doing a few book signings. She will be signing copies of My Supplier at the high school library starting at 7:30 tomorrow (Thursday, February 21) morning; she’ll be at Community Library in Sunbury on March 16.
But she also needs to keep her nose to the proverbial grindstone; Stefaniak, who wants to become a screenwriter, said My Supplier is book one of a trilogy.
For additional information about Tate Publishing, or to order My Supplier in book form or as an eBook go to < tatepublishing.com >.