John Madormo, North Central College assistant professor of broadcast communication and general manager of WONC-FM 89.1, has authored a young-readers novel that will be released this spring, adding to a long list of writing accomplishments.
On May 10, Madormo’s book “The Homemade Stuffing Caper”—his first book in the “Charlie Collier, Snoop for Hire” series—will be released to bookstores nationwide through publisher Penguin Books for Young Readers. The book is available now for pre-order through vendors such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Penguin.
Madormo is already appearing at numerous promotional events for the book, and will continue a steady schedule of appearances until the book’s release. Visit charliecolliersnoopforhire.com to learn more.
“It’s been a roller coaster ride since October 2009 when Penguin first sent out the contract,” Madormo says. “Most of the time has been highs with a few lows because of all the rewriting that’s necessary. Overall though, it’s been a great run.”
For Madormo, the process of securing a publishing deal began in 2006 when he initially wrote the basis of Charlie Collier as a screenplay. After a pair of unsuccessful attempts to pitch the screenplay to producers, Madormo rewrote the screenplay as a middle-grade novel for readers between ages 8 and 12 years. The repurposed story quickly caught the attention of editors at large publishing houses such as Penguin and Harper-Collins. Madormo signed a publishing deal with Penguin soon after their offer.
Madormo says his experience of obtaining a book deal and the obligations that come with it have provided him with new knowledge to impart to his students.
“I’ve learned so much to share in class not only in terms of the logistics, like how to find an agent and what agents look for, but also in terms of writing a book,” Madormo says. “It’s no different from writing a screenplay. A story is a story—there must be conflicts and obstacles, and it must be three-dimensional and compelling.”
Over the last several years, Madormo’s writing has garnered attention from publishers and filmmakers alike. In 2006, he sold a screenplay for a family film titled “Coach Dracula” to Dog and Rooster Productions, based in California.
Madormo’s screenwriting has also earned him awards and recognition in screenplay competitions. He was named the Grand Prize Winner of the 2009 Reno Film Festival Annual Synopsis Contest for his family comedy screenplay, “Paulie Perkins, P.I.”
At the College, Madormo teaches several classes about broadcasting, media and screenwriting. He is also general manager of WONC-FM 89.1, the College’s award-winning student-run radio station.