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Long Overdue Newsletter - February 2022


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Pre-Order "Dad, Our Candy Man" (+ Publishing Update)

We have a front and back cover! Now we take the covers + the book's interior design over to Blurb, upload the file, and print the first run.


Making Those Last-Minute Edits

We love stories, and we want to make sure everything is just right before the book goes to print. The video above shows one last-minute change we made to Dad, Our Candy Man, and gives a behind-the-scenes look at our editing process.


Intro Characters like Encanto

Any time a story has more than five characters, the author runs the risk of confusing their reader/audience. Especially in those early chapters.

How do you introduce a bunch of characters without the reader thinking, "Okay, so who's that again?" Let's take a look at the opening song in Encanto where 14 characters (if you include the house and the town) are introduced in under five minutes. Here's our blog post recap with a few takeaways to use when introducing characters in your story.


Eight-Year-Old Hides Self-Made Book on Library Shelf

Go, Dillon! Love this story about a kid bypassing all of the normal steps to publish a book/get your book into a library, and saying, "You know what, I'm just gonna sneak my book onto the shelf!"


[Fiction/Satire] Company Announces Zero-Day Work Week.

Plans to Run on Guilt.

4-day work weeks. Permanent work from home. Free Peloton memberships. The war for talent is heating up!

To try and keep up, the fictional company "Lukewarm LLC" debuts a new "Zero-Day" work week with plans to run on "guilt."


"They got me a new couch! Uh oh... Are they expecting me to work harder now? Are they saying I'm sleeping on the job? Should I be doing more? Eh, I'll think about it after my nap."

- Crash, Team Dog


Keeping Up with Long Overdue

Best place to keep up with all things Long Overdue is a tie between our monthly newsletter and our Instagram page (shoutout to Annie Cerovich!). 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.

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

Next newsletter - Aiming for March 15 range. In the meantime if you have any questions, ideas, stories to tell, you can reach Cal the Librarian at -

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