Waiting by the phone
Local author up for writing honor
by Joseph Passantino
Reporter staff writer
Oct 27, 2013 | 12036 views | 7 7 comments | 106 106 recommendations | email to a friend | print
‘PROUD PARENT’ – Melissa Pettignano displays her creation, paperback book “Suzanne Lantana,” which was the driving force behind Pettignano being nominated for “50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading” honor.
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Melissa Pettignano of Secaucus is waiting for the word, and it will come soon.

The 25-year-old author, singer, and entrepreneur is busy with a number of media and entertainment projects, but it is her first love, writing, and specifically her first book – “Suzanne Lantana, A Collection of Short Stories, Fiction and Non-fiction” – that is most dear to her.

In her book, Pettignano included fictional pieces based upon real events in her life, including the loss of her beloved aunt, Arlene T. Babakitis of Secaucus, on 9/11 in the World Trade Center attacks.

And now that heartfelt project may lead to an award for the Clarendon School graduate and former Secaucus High School student.

Pettignano has been nominated for the honor of "50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading," a contest run by an Arizona radio show.

“I was contacted by Danielle Hampson, executive producer of The Authors Show,” Pettignano said.

If she’s picked as one of the 50 winners, it will mean a breakthrough for the fledgling writer.

“The grand prize winner, the author receiving the most votes, receives a marketing and publicity package worth thousands of dollars,” Pettignano said.
“My book is to let every young girl and boy know that they can make it through anything and that the light is always at the end of the tunnel.” – Melissa Pettignano
But even if she doesn’t finish number one, all finalists and winning authors will receive a wealth of promotional help for their books. They will be featured in the 2013-2014 edition of "50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading," an annual publication written and produced by The Authors Show. They will be featured on the show’s dedicated website: www.50GreatWritersYouShouldBeReading.com. All will automatically participate in and benefit from the show's marketing campaign, including press releases to traditional media outlets and social media venues. Additionally, they will also receive an official seal to be used on their website, blogs, and books to signify their distinction.

Anyone wishing to vote for Pettignano can do so until Nov. 1 at: http://www.wnbnetworkwest.com/WnbAuthorsShow50Writers2013-Contest-submissions.html.

Her category is “Fiction and Non-Fiction,” and she can be selected there.

Glowing reviews

“My book is to let every young girl and boy know that they can make it through anything and that the light is always at the end of the tunnel,” Pettignano said.

Since she wrote her tome, it has received glowing reviews.

Power Woman Magazine/Radio Show said, “Fell in love with this book … wish this book was around when my daughter was younger.” And Lisa Dillon, a Cleveland radio talk show host said, “[It’s] definitely a book to be a part of Oprah’s Book Club.”

“So beautiful, so young, and truly talented,” said legendary TV and radio broadcaster Joe Franklin. “This book is very appealing, and it’s very intriguing …”

Pettignano is also working on related projects. Her CD single, “Gave You One More Chance,” references her experiences with young love.

Book/record company

Pettignano is not one to rest on her laurels, as she is almost finished with her book’s sequel, “Suzanne Lantana: High School Days,” which picks up at age 14.

Also on her agenda is her continued work on her company, MPettignano Enterprises, LLC, founded in May, which deals with the literary and entertainment fields. The literary portion consists of signing authors for all types of writing categories, including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, short stories, self-help, and religious/inspirational. The entertainment side tackles signing independent music artists and musicians.

Princess of all Media?

You might say Pettignano has taken a page out of Howard Stern’s “King of All Media” book.

Besides writing, singing, and working on MPettignano Enterprises, she’s also been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, was interviewed for the documentary “Forever Changed: 9/11 in Remembrance,” and was an extra in “Spiderman III.”

She also modeled for two years, after signing with Industry Modeling and Talent Studios in Edgewater.

Joseph Passantino may be reached at JoePass@hudsonreporter.com.

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January 05, 2014
WOW !!!!!! I wanna meet her !
January 05, 2014
I LOVE SUZANNE LANTANA !!! Both my daughters has their own copies and I just got my niece hers for her birthday that's coming up. The second one to the series i can't wait to get for my daughters and niece ! I love reading it too myself ! Written extremely well ! Gorgeous Author !
January 05, 2014
This story just blew my mind !!! This young woman is the real deal !!! Way to go ! Keep rising high gorgeous !
January 05, 2014
This girl gets it ! Love to have a friend like her in my life ! I'm a huge fan too ! I may not know her personally, but I consider her as a friend of mine just through her work and being so real ! Because of her and her positive outlook on life she helped me in my life ! Thank you Melissa ! I love you ! Your like a big sister to me ! Hugs and kisses !
January 05, 2014
I'M IN LOVE WITH MELISSA !!!!!! I was just on her website watching her videos !!! This girl is so pure in heart ! I marry her in an instant ! Whoever marry's her will be one Blessed man ! Beauty and Brains !!!!!!! Second book sounds intriguing ! Her album gonna download the moment it's on iTunes or wherever it is sold ! Book too ! Love you Melissa !
January 05, 2014
She is so cool !!!! She inspires me !!! Love you girl !!!
January 05, 2014
Melissa rockzzz !!! I love her ! A woman all in her own class ! Down 2 earth, intelligent and beyond gorgeous young woman I have ever met and seen in my life ! Her work and message is so uplifting ! Every1 needz to check her out ! She is a humble person. Very talented in multiple fields ! Lord Jesus Bless her ! If she ever readz my post Melissa I Love You ! I'm a HUGGGGEEEE fan ! Keep up the hard work in all you do ! Jonathan