Welcome to ePublish or BUST!

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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Devilish Details

I am an avid fan of science fiction and fantasy. Give me a post nuclear war and barren wasteland over a modern day New York City skyline any day. I would rather look up in the sky and see three moons, two suns, and a nebula cloud than stargaze at what we’ve got going on now on earth. Foreign flora and fauna are even better when they secrete some sort of toxin in the air or are trying to eat you alive as you walk past them (forget roses, I want one of those on Valentine’s Day).

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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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Ryan Henry's picture

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.
 

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Resolved

After reading the Write Here, Write Now entry by Amos regarding resolutions for the New Year, I couldn’t help but add my own thoughts on this special time.  With Amos it’s clear that passion is an important part of the equation, but he notes that distracting life events can cancel out passion.  I am a case study in that particular scenario.  My pattern is to get on an incredible streak where I’m producing a healthy amount of pages, and then I’ll get sidetracked by any number of life distractions. 

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Amos Ballesteros's picture

Write Here, Write Now

So the year has ended and I know that going through the year and reflecting on all you’ve done is very cliché, but just you wait. It’ll get even more cliché as the blog continues. Looking back on this last year has been quite productive, to say the very least. We started ePublish or Bust; had a few more join our cause; went to OMG con; and we were even mentioned in the AP for our work. It has been a good year for writing and I feel as if I’ve developed my writing style and have made more progress on my book than ever before. I can only hope the same is true for whoever is reading this now.

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Laura Osterfeld's picture

Technology (or Lack Thereof)

When I noticed that a few of my fellow bloggers had already touched on the topic of writing tools, I was hesitant.  I didn’t want to echo what they had already said.  But I also found it fascinating that we seem to agree on one thing.

Now I don’t want to sound like a hipster or a purist, but when it comes to writing, I’m pretty old school.

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Overcoming Writer’s Block: Inspiration through Constraints

The blank page—one of the most daunting obstacles for a writer. The beginning can sometimes intimidate us into never starting at all. We worry: what do I want to say? How will I say it—and will I even be able to? But really, we should approach the page as an empty, free space to accept whatever we place onto it. The following are some tricks to make the creative process easier by introducing constraints or limits on our artistic freedom.
 

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Jim Blanton's picture

Connecting With Indie Authors

A driving inspiration behind launching ePublish or Bust is turning the challenges introduced by eBooks into positives with regard to library services.  While this is an important personal goal as a librarian, there is another aspect of the program that is equally important.  In the early stages of developing the program, Phyllis and I traveled to a literary festival in Richmond, Virginia to participate in panel discussions on epublishing.  During that visit we spoke to a number of indie and self-published authors who expressed excitement about what we were doing.  We also gained a number of

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Laura Osterfeld's picture

Change Can Be a Good Thing

I started writing my 5th book in 2011.  If you’ve read my previous posts you already know that I’ve not finished any of the projects I’ve started.  That’s my ultimate downfall—I constantly start new projects with no hope of ever finishing the other ones.  But this book, it had real promise.  At least, in my mind it did. 

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The Greatest Vampire Novel in the History of Ever!

Now that you know a little about our program, and what we’ll be doing on the site, I thought I’d go into some detail on how this all started.  A few years back I was working at the Chesapeake Public Library in Virginia, and upheaval in the publishing word was a hot topic.  Libraries were struggling with publishers to find a model for loaning eBooks, and there was a good deal of negativity in the air.  I’m one always on the lookout for silver linings, and my mind started working on how to adapt and put a positive spin on the changes taking place.