Where your dream of publication is fully attainable

Maybe you don't know the ins and outs of getting your book into the hands of readers. Maybe you've hit a wall. Maybe you're discouraged or confused or overwhelmed. Maybe you just need a partner to come beside you and guide you gently towards your goal. We are not a traditional publishing house, nor are we a vanity publisher. We exist to help your book exist. With our help, you can put your hard work out in the world, packaged in a way that meets your vision and makes you proud.

Alanna Rusnak

With over fifteen years of design experience, powerful understanding of publishing technology, a passionate love for stories, and a desire to make dreams come true, she is your advocate, mentor, friend, and cheerleader and she can’t wait to help you bring your book into the light. WHY IN THE WORLD DO YOU NEED ALANNA RUSNAK PUBLISHING?

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Professional Skills

Alanna is a skilled communicator, with a keen ability to interpret a client's vision. She is accomplished in the Adobe Creative Suite and strives for perfection in every project she takes on. Her comfort with current publishing technology and requirements makes her a great partner as you navigate the path to publication. With confidence in graphic design, concept developement, and communication, Alanna will be committed to ensuring you the best possible end result.
Alanna is available to run seminars on Beta-Reading or Living a Recklessly Creative Life. She has also developed a writing program for children called the Writer's Café and can be booked to lead classes of up to 15 children.


Maybe you're just looking for someone to talk things over with. Maybe you need some advice or guidance to tackle this whole publishing thing yourself. Maybe you're considering putting your words out into the world, but aren't quite sure how to make that happen. Alanna would love to sit down with you over a cup of coffee and help you navigate your choices. LEARN MORE


"Alanna is a great beta reader/editor. She has an excellent command of the English language, knows where to add subtle shades to coax out the right moods in your writing, and offers sincere compliments of strong elements. She'd offer great assistance for any stage of your writing journey. ROLLAN WENGERT — AUTHOR OF 'ZAIDE: MOZART'S LOST OPERA" LEARN MORE

Copy Editing

Copy editing ensures that text is correct in terms of spelling, grammar, punctuation, and formatting. It also ensures that the idea the writer wishes to portray is clear and easy to understand, that it is free of error, omission, inconsistency, and repetition. Copy editing should only occur after the author has been through multiple stages of beta reading and rewrites. LEARN MORE

Interior Layout Design

There's much to consider when thinking about what you want the interior of your book to look like: Chapter titles, drop-caps, font size and spacing, etc. Alanna will work with you to create the best possible layout, based on your theme, aesthetic, and personal tastes. LEARN MORE

Cover Design

Do you believe the old advice you can't judge a book by its cover? Think again! Your content could be beautifully written, professionally edited, and expertly laid out but without an attractive cover, readers may overlook your book...and what a shame that would be! Using high quality photography and eye-catching fonts, Alanna can deliver the kind of cover that encourages book sales! LEARN MORE

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From editing to design to final product, Alanna can take your dream and turn it into something you can hold in your hands! By combining our services into a start-to-finish package, you can save 15% and come away with something you can be proud of. LEARN MORE

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    • Paperback: 312 pages
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    nanowrimo truth vs expectation
    It's November 1 and across the world, writers are eagerly digging into the incredible challenge that is NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH.

    NaNoWriMo is all about unlocking the story inside you. It's heralded as a 'Write A Novel In A Month' month, but that's not really true. Because it's not about writing a novel—not really. It's about finding a story, spilling it out for thirty days, after which you hopefully want to clean up the mess and make something good of it.

    NaNoWriMo is about self-discovery: Can you do it? Do you love writing enough? Do you really want it? Do you actually have anything to say under the gun?

    Expectation: You think your life will continue in a normal fashion. 1667 daily words will only take an hour or two and you think you can bang those out without interfering in your family's daily routine.

    Reality: Ha! Sure, some days you might speed through your word-count BUT other days your words will come ssslllooowwwlllyyy. Almost everything else will become less of a priority—the dishes, the laundry, dinner, bathing your children...

    Expectation: You think it won't be that hard.

    Reality: Ha! It will be excruciating and you'll want to quit at least once every day.

    Expectation: You think people will care.

    Reality: Ha! People won't care. They might be mildly curious. They might tip their head to the side like they're talking to a widow and say, "Aw...good for you!" They'll only really care when your obsessive writing interferes with their regular life.

    Expectation: On November 30, you will submit your words to the NaNoWriMo official word-counter, receive your celebratory email and certificate from the NaNoWriMo offices and have a shiny new novel ready to send to a publisher.

    Reality: Ha! On November 30, you will submit your words to the NaNoWriMo official word-counter, receive your celebratory email and certificate from the NaNoWriMo offices and have a stinking pile of goodness-knows-what to wade through and mine for goods.

    NaNoWriMo is about the beginning. It is not about the end. It's about the journey, not the destination. It's the tool that will put you on the road towards a novel and it's a journey worth taking if you've got the guts.

    It's about writing. It's not about good writing. It's not about perfect writing. It's about 30 days without a delete key. It's about a first draft. It's about vomiting out ideas and cleaning up the stink later. Don't feel like writing? Doesn't matter—do it anyway! Your first run at a story doesn't have to be flawless but it does have to be written. Write when writing is the last thing you want to do. Write when all you want to be doing is writing. Write when you feel it come easy. Write when every word comes with the pain of a thirty hour labour. Just write. Don't delete. Don't read. Just write.

    There's no time to be afraid!

    So much energy can be wasted on thinking you're not good enough, your ideas aren't original, or your characters have stupid names...It doesn't matter! Just get it out! If you spend November scared of what you're writing you'll never meet your goal. Set aside inhibitions and go all in. When you ignore your fears and you allow the pressure to propel you forward things will be pulled from you and into your story that you would have never found moseying along on your tiptoes. Be bold. Be brave. This is only about you and the story you have inside you—a story you probably won't even know until you read it back to yourself some time in December.

    No matter what NaNoWriMo brings out of you, remember that the most important thing is showing up. Just write. And whenever you're ready, ARP would love to come along side you and help turn your novel into something that belongs on a bookstore shelf! 

    (Check out The Church In The Wildwood, a novel drafted during NaNoWriMo 2014)



    September 25, 2017 | West Grey, Ontario

    Just Words makes a Big Splash

    The first collection of Blank Spaces essays, stories, and poems is a true thing of beauty! 34 Canadian authors and their work as featured during the first year of Blank Spaces, a literary arts magazine birthed out of small town Ontario. Filled with creative non-fiction, short stories, and poetry, Just Words Volume One is a true reflection of the heart, humour, and depth of Canadian creatives; capturing, in its text, the very pulse of Blank Spaces.

    Editor in Chief, Alanna Rusnak, along with her editing partners, Pamela Hopwood and Michelle McLaughlin, have brought this collection together beautifully. Wrapped in the colours of Calgary artist, Paula Timm, the book delivers as much beauty on the outside as its words do inside.

    Officially launched at the Word on the Street Festival at the Toronto, Ontario harbour front, Just Words Volume 1 was met with a warm reception from eager readers, going on to be named the Number One new release for Canadian Collections on Amazon.
    "What a wonderfully eclectic collection of Canadian literature!" says one Amazon reader. "This is one of those books you can pick up in any mood knowing, with confidence, that there will be a story just right for the moment. Sci-fi, poetry, vulnerability, laughter, insight, and so many meaningful memories are found in these pages."

    A Goodreads reader says it perfectly when she states, "Here we celebrate the diversity and simplicity of all things good about Canadian literature and arts; and move forward, together, in sharing the very best of Canadian writing, poetry, art, photography, and creative works that this formidable Canlit magazine Blank Spaces has to offer."

    Just Words Volume 1 is available in paperback from this website, Amazon, Barnes and Nobel, and Ebooks are available through Kindle.

    Including work by Nancy E. Allan, Merle Amodeo, Brian C. Austin, Jessica Bowden, Ann Y.K. Choi, Sue Corke, Heidi Eastman, Dawn Edgcumbe, Jennifer Ellis, Jason Grunn, Amy Holodinsky, Pamela Hopwood, Tony Kicinski, James Langford, Jennifer Lavallee, Hannibal Lecture, Geraldine Mac Donald, Tanya MacIntosh, Gail M. Murray, Diane Palm, Amy Pepin, David Perlmutter, Garth Pettersen, Alanna Rusnak, Nicole Schroeder, Andrea Scoretz, Amos Shelley, Tsara Shelton, Janette Shipston Chan, J. J. Steinfeld, Zlatko Stipic, Paula Timm, Nick Vanderzwet, Janet Youngdahl


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    June 7, 2017 | West Grey, Ontario

    Small Town Author Realizes Big Dreams

    West Grey writer celebrates publication: a culmination of passion and sheer will

    Alanna Rusnak might look like the average working mom, mini-van and all, but don’t be fooled; she is an assertive go-getter with a professional full-length literary work officially launching on June 23, 2017 in Durham, Ontario in the Municipality of West Grey. 
    The Church in the Wildwood tackles poignant and contemporary themes with poetic refinement. Presenting the multi-dimensional narrative of a young man on a gruelling path from tragedy to hope, Rusnak has skillfully enacted on paper the depths and intensities of the human condition. 
    “Although harsh,” says one Amazon reviewer, “the story is depicted through a fresh lens of redemption and hope, reminiscent of the innocence conveyed in the book Room by Emma Donoghue. While the plot line is engaging, the personal growth of each character is the true focal point of the book. The reader is taken on a journey from a place of judgement to compassion as the story unfolds, reminding us that…it is wrong to condemn someone without walking a mile in their shoes. We each need a Church in the Wildwood where we can forgive the past and say goodbye to the memories and relics that haunt us.”
    Persevering against the brick wall of the publishing world by sheer force of will, Rusnak has built up a faithful readership that recognizes her talent and encourages her forward momentum. Her quiet nature, combined with a marketing and advertising budget of zero, make it all the more fascinating that almost 500 people have added The Church in the Wildwood on Goodreads. This industrious woman is also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Canadian literary arts magazine Blank Spaces
    The book launch is a great opportunity to support a local entrepreneur and celebrate a literary success story. Learn more at Rusnak is available for radio, tv, and print or digital interviews, guest blogging, and readings.
    The Church in the Wildwood is available in paperback from Amazon, Barnes and Nobel, and Ebooks are available for Kindle or Kobo and through Chapters/Indigo.

    Author bio available here.
    To download press release and photos, please click here for a Dropbox link.

    Thanks to freelance writer, Pamela Hopwood for help with the crafting of this release.


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