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ePublish or BUST! is a one-stop site for independent authors to find resources available at participating public libraries.  At your fingertips you'll find the information and tools needed to go from a great idea to a published masterpiece.

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"Write on Schedule"

One evening during my freshman year of college, when I began to write “seriously,” I sat in a folding chair in my mother’s garage. Pecking away at my portable word processor all night long, I hammered out a solid H. P. Lovecraft pastiche short story. Likely it was called “The Eldritch Mystery of Unfathomable Cyclopean Monstrosities” or something of that nature. Depending on copious amounts of caffeine, nicotine, and youthful energy, I toiled for an uninterrupted twelve hours. At the end of my work, I collapsed in the center of the living room and slept until mid-afternoon.

Jim Blanton's picture

The Mentor

 

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Writing about What Hurts

 “Write hard and clear about what hurts”—Hemingway’s famous advice. Writing about pain connects us to our readers, creating authenticity and an emotional bond. Without building that gut-level rapport, our words come across weak and uninspired—the prose boring, the poetry inaccessible. To avoid this, write from a deeper place. Channel your torments and joys onto the page.
 

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“Nice and Comfortable? Change It!”

The pen felt odd gripped in my left hand. As I tried the simple task of even writing my name, I felt as if I were attempting to eat broth with chopsticks.
 
The experiment – to get out of our comfort zones by writing with the other hand – was awesome in theory, but sort of a mess in practice. At the end of the free writing exercise I had managed to scribble a few lines of chicken scratch that resembled the best sentences composed by Kurt Vonnegut … if Kurt Vonnegut had attempted to type with his toes.
 

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The Deep End

I don’t like the way that stories have just become derivative drivel mass produced for a cheap thrill and a quick buck. The literary world has shifted to the mundane and we in our need for entertainment have cultivated a lackadaisical form of writing. Now before you stop reading and label me a heretic for having inadvertently insulted your thrilling reads, let me first say that I hold no grudge against entertainment. I recognize and understand the need for some things to be light and frothy.

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Changing Gears Part Deux

In my last post I revealed that that I’m considering putting the fiction project on hold and moving toward a non-fiction project. As I mentioned, my non-fiction project is going to focus on the topic of cult movies, a subject about which I am passionate.  To be more specific, it is going to explore the life and filmography of one of my favorite cult movie stars (to be disclosed soon).  This person was born and raised in Kentucky, and actually has a connection to my hometown of Lexington.  How could I resist not delving further into that story?
 

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Let Us Begin...

“It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents – except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.”
                                                                — Edward Bulwer-Lytton, opening line of Paul Clifford (1830)
 

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Changing Gears

One of the items we’ve discussed in the Transformational Editor series here at Daviess County Public Library, is putting aside a project when you hit a wall.  It may be temporary or it may be permanent, but sometimes you have to put that book in the drawer, with the hope that you may return to it later.  I’ve come to the conclusion that for the moment I have to do the same with the “greatest vampire novel in the history of ever.”  Though I’ve made good progress on it, with the help of my partner in crime Phyllis, life has intruded to a point that I can’t get in a c

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ePublish or Bust! Author Review: Jen Teachenor’s Beautiful Life

As ePublish or Bust! continues to grow, more and more writers have been able to share their voices and stories. Several authors who have participated in the program as guest speakers have published print versions of their books—copies cataloged and ready for check-out at your local library. One such author is Jean Teachenor, a Franklin, Tennessee native who visited both Daviess and Henderson County Public libraries last month to discuss her self-published 2014 novel, Beautiful Life.
 

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Predatory Publishing Companies

Come with me, dear reader, to the land of extended metaphor.
 
Imagine the new employee starting her first day at a popular fast food chain restaurant. A hungry customer approaches and orders a hamburger. In a normal world, the employee would make a hamburger and sell it to the customer, who would then eat the hamburger.