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?

  • Durham, ON
  • phone number only released to clients

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

Full Package

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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  • One Day Writer's Jam Intensive

    One Day Writer's Jam Intensive

    Do you need to get away from those 'at home' distractions to be able to focus on your writing? Have you signed up for Nanowrimo and want to kick off the month with a bang? Do you have writing projects that are desperate for your attention?

    Come out and experience the joy of shared writing space! Share ideas, talk through plot struggles, or just find a quiet corner and focus in on your project.

    Saturday, November 2, 2019

    9 am - 9 pm

    Basement meeting room at Hanover Missionary Church

    A basement? Don't worry - with strings of overhead garden lights and pale walls, it's a relaxing and welcoming space.

    Please complete your registration before October 28, 2019

    A light lunch and home cooked supper will be served, as well as all-day tea, coffee, and cold drinks.
    • Bring your laptop, notebook & pen, and whatever other tools you need to make your writing day a success.
    • Wifi is available.
    • Dress for comfort - you can even bring along a pair of slippers if you like!
    • If you like to listen to music while you write, please bring headphones so you don't disturb those who like to write in a quiet space.
    Hanover Missionary Church 628 11th Street, Hanover, ON N4N 1T7 

    There is a lot of free parking available in the lot. Please use the main doors and take the stairs immediately to your right.

    Cancellation Policy: Your registration will be refunded in full minus an administration fee of $5 up until October 28. After October 28, you will be refunded the cost of your meals minus an administration fee of $5.

    *this event is not affiliated with the Hanover Missionary Church

    Read reviews from the last retreat here:
  • The Official Launch of Just Words Volume 3

    The Official Launch of Just Words Volume 3

    If you journey into the heart of downtown Toronto you'll find Creeds Coffee Bar tucked into a clever dry-cleaning shop on Dupont Street. It is a hip urban space with an industrial cozy feel and it was all ours for the launch of Just Words Volume 3—the third anthology of work by Canadian Blank Spaces contributors. Complete with a full service bar and guests who came from as far as Montreal, it was a recipe for an incredible night.

    We set up a small pop-up shop, displaying every back issue of Blank Spaces, along with t-shirts, pins, bumper stickers, magnets, notebooks, past anthologies, and of course, the latest anthology.

    It was wonderful to meet some of our contributors face to face and to hear them read their pieces. In a Facebook post, Toronto Book Awards finalist, Ann Y. K. Choi called it a beautiful and powerful evening. "Some authors were reading in public for the first time - their hands trembling as they stood by the mic."

    We are so proud of these writers—some of whom can call Blank Spaces the launching point for their literary careers—who faced those public speaking jitters and got up in front of the crowd. One such writer, Harvey Mitro, who read his beautiful piece on running, shared about the moment he found out his work had been accepted. He said he came home from work to find a red balloon tied with a note from his wife, telling him his story was going to be published! Hearing those little glimpses into people's lives was an affirming reminder that what we're trying to do with Blank Spaces is resonating a deep chord across Canada.

    A big part of the vision for this magazine is to foster a creative community that is encouraging and empowering, and if this launch event did nothing else, it certainly affirmed that mission. Watching contributors connect over specialty coffees and glasses of wine, exchange contact information, and offer one another accolades and encouragements, we could see that our hope of championing Canadian creatives is spreading out from our small team to each person Blank Spaces touches and that's an incredibly rewarding and humbling thing to realize.

    It is our hope that this community continues to grow, that someday we'll gather for Just Words Volume 10, that strong friendships are borne through the pages of Blank Spaces, and that more and more people are touched by our desire to foster community.

    We need to offer a huge thank you to Creeds Coffee Bar for allowing us to rent their amazing space; to Fateema Miller, Creeds's event coordinator, who set up the sound equipment, ran the bar, and was hugely encouraging throughout the night; to every contributor who allowed us to showcase their work in the anthology; to every person who showed up in person (or in spirit) to help us celebrate; and finally to the entire Blank Spaces team who pitched in with set-up, door prize ticket sales, and book sales. You are all treasures and made the night run smoothly!

    If you haven't ordered your copy of Just Words Volume 3, you can do that now by clicking the BUY NOW button below. (Complete your purchase by clicking on the shopping bag.)

    Profits from every sale of this collection help us further the work and mission of Blank Spaces.

    Check out our Event Album below!

    Answer a few questions and we'll get back to you as soon as we can with a quote for your desired services. [COMING SOON]


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    $100 CAN up to 50,000 words - after which $0.005/word LEARN MORE

    Copy Editing

    $0.01/word LEARN MORE

    Interior Layout Design

    Print interior $210; Kindle Formatting $100; Print + Kindle $245 LEARN MORE

    Cover Design

    Cover for Print Book $210 (includes two changes); Cover for Kindle Book $79 (includes two changes) LEARN MORE

    Full Package

    Save 15% off all regular prices if purchased in a package. LEARN MORE



    Durham, ON, CANADA