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Chicago Pop-up Bookstore - First Draft on Sunday, Feb.26

We're mixing things up for this month's newsletter since we only have one BIG piece of news.

We're opening a bookstore!!

Well, alright, a "pop-up" bookstore. And it's only one day (Sunday, Feb. 26th, from Noon to 3 pm). But, on our journey to someday open a physical bookstore, this is one giant leap for mankind. Or one giant toe dipped in the water. I don't think I got that phrase right... Moving on!

Eight of our authors and illustrators will be in attendance and available to chat with, sign a book, or answer any questions you might have about their writing journey or help with questions you might have about your own book-in-progress.

Midwest is best! Quick straw poll of the eight Long Overdue authors/illustrators:

3 Minneapolis/St. Paul area

2 Chicago

2 Arlington Heights (IL)

1 Michigan

Update - Unfortunately, Harry Trumfio won't be there in person, but we will have copies of his book in both hardcover and softcover.

If you want to drop by on Sunday as a reader, a fan of one of the authors, or someone who likes to support local authors, that's perfect. Let me just say First Draft has some great food too.

But what makes this event different from a regular pop-up bookstore or book fair is our focus on what we call the "soon-to-be" author. If you're working on a book or just thinking/daydreaming about one, our team (+ our authors) is here to support that journey. If you have any questions about writing, editing, revising, illustrations, traditional publishing, self-publishing, hybrid publishing, literary agents, I'll-stop-listing-thing-here-because-my-fingers-are-getting-tired, any questions at all, we're happy to assist. We're look forward to meeting you and hearing about your story!

No pressure to sign up for anything, but we'll be available to talk about our different programs based on where a story is at (idea, rough draft, finished manuscript, etc.)

If you have any questions about the event, or parking, or you're making a road trip and want my list of top 5 things to do/best pizzas in Chicago, feel free to reach out to me directly via email ( or call/text 312-835-7072.

We could not be more excited about this event and hope to see you there!


"Any chance they got a patio at this bar?"

- Crash, Team Dog


Keeping up with Long Overdue

Best place to keep up with all things Long Overdue (including our authors' events like the one above) is a tie between our monthly newsletter and our Instagram page. If you enjoy this newsletter and know someone who might enjoy it as well, let us know, we'll make sure to add them to our subscriber list. We also got back on Facebook recently, you can follow us here.

And check out our website - Long Overdue Books. Long Overdue Books is a community for creating books. It's a place for authors (and soon-to-be-authors), readers, editors, artists, and designers to come together and move their stories from ideas to finished books.

Excited to share new stories with you this year. I think 2023 will be another memorable year. Also, if you have any questions, ideas, stories to tell, you can reach Cal the Librarian at -

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