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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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Master Class

If you’ve been with us for a while you have probably seen an earlier blog of mine about how we as writers, should emulate the style of the writers that are successful because they have education and experience behind them that indie writers like us sorely lack. Now I don’t usually like main stream writers but I’m not the only person in the world that is trying to write a book, I live life by trying to take the good from every piece of advice given to me and in the spirit of that mantra I have been made aware of a program that’s being hosted on masterclass.com for writing.

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This is Not Your Parents' Poetry

Poetry can be scary for some people.  Often, seeing it can dredge up memories of agonizing hours spent deciphering Shakespeare under the fluorescent lights in a high school classroom.  If you’re remembering what this was like, stop, take a deep breath, and hear me out.  Poetry can be Shakespeare, but it can also be a number of other wonderful things that are much more relevant to our lives today.  Below, are five reasons why you should love poetry.  And if you don’t think you’ll ever love it, here are five reasons why you should, at the very least, give it a chance.  Because poetry is like

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Updates and progress

If you didn’t already know it let me give you the heads up: Libraries are great! Here recently there have been some phenomenal changes with the relationships between independent authors and libraries in the area. One of the more prominent changes is the attitude libraries take with indie authors. It isn’t a big secret that independent authors struggle with venues in marketing their books and getting their writing out to the public. In what I assume was a cost effective attempt at solving said marketing problem, independent authors turned to local libraries for help only to be turned away.

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Connecting With Characters

Sometimes we find ourselves having trouble connecting with our characters.  It may be due to setting, time period, interests, etc.  Sometimes they are so vastly different from who we are that understanding them seems impossible.  I’ve struggled with this on a few occasions.  If you’re experiencing this and feeling adventurous, then the solution I’m about to suggest is perfect for you.

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Are the voices in my head?

“The year was 2015 A.D. and the earth he knew as a young boy was no more. Through tremendous progress the human race leapt forward with technology remaking the modern world. Amos could no longer remember the last time his actions weren’t catalogued in the infinite deluge of information that circulated everyday life. However, no matter how advanced things had become he knew his place in this world and the impact he needed to make on it. As the world was buzzing around him with a cornucopia of distractions, he knew that he had to write.

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Coming Soon!

There are some pretty exciting things happening on the internet right now.  One of them, a program called BiblioBoard, will be available soon to the public, through some of our local libraries.  BiblioBoard, based out of Charleston, South Carolina, has been around since 2013, but this is the first time it will be available to patrons in our area.

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Past the Milk Now the Meat

The writing game is an ever evolving landscape and it’s extremely hard to find an avenue that hasn’t been used at least a hundred times before. A majority of plots aren’t necessarily new but they can be used in a new fashion to make them updated. If you can revamp an old plot, why then can’t we all publish books and all of them be made popular? The answer lies literally in the question I just asked. Popularity. Most publishers know what is popular in the writing world and what readers are more prone to like.

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Free Writing

Sometimes the beginning stages of writing are the hardest. Coming up with ideas, stringing them into some semblance of a narrative, and deciding how to approach a new work can leave you paralyzed. We’ve all faced the anxieties writer’s block produces: will I ever be able to write? Does this story matter? Why even bother? Free writing is a great technique to break away from these worries and jolt your creativity back to life.

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Word Goals

As a participant in this year’s Camp NaNoWriMo, I feel it is my duty to bestow upon you all the tips and tricks I’ve learned to do the one thing you strive for with NaNo—increase your word count!  I am, by no means, a master of this, but as a participant for nearly nine years now, I’ve had plenty of experience in the “let’s come up with ways to hit that 50k” game.

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Outlines

I have been trying my hand at a few different styles of writing. Now normally I am a “fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants” writer and I never had any intention of changing that. However, when I started writing an autobiography I needed a method to keep track of all the ideas floating around inside of my head. I decided that I would try to do an outline and plan out the avenue the writing would take. When I finished writing the first part of it I looked at it and thought it was probably the worst thing ever, but I was committed.

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