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Long Overdue Newsletter: October 2021

Quote of the Month

"There is no Idea Dump, no Story Central, no Island of the Buried Bestsellers; good story ideas seem to come quite literally from nowhere, sailing at you right out of the empty sky: two previously unrelated ideas come together and make something new under the sun. Your job isn't to find these ideas but to

recognize them when they show up.”

- Stephen King


New Long Overdue Book Release!

Just in time for Halloween, we're excited to announce Book 1 of the Martin Blackbriar series written by Michigan author T.C. Pendragon! Here's a behind-the-scenes look at how our author took this story from initial idea to finished book.

There are two options for buying this book. The fastest option: Available on Amazon.

The little-bit-slower-but-more-personal option: You can buy a signed copy via Long Overdue Books.


Thoughts on Publishing

"To use Amazon, or not to use Amazon, that is the question."

- William Shakespeare

Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 1

We've got a lot of thoughts on this one. There's a natural opposition between working with the small local shops vs. using Amazon. And we tend to side with David over Goliath. But dangit, Amazon's book publishing platform really is "frustratingly good." We dive into some of the pros and cons in this blog post.


Books in Progress

Our team is hard at work helping authors bring their books across the finish line. It's gonna be a busy end of 2021 and start to 2022! Here's a look at the titles in the works:

  • Dad, Our Own Candy Man (Children's Book)

  • Black & Caspian (Memoir/Cookbook)

  • Safe Landing (Non-fiction)

  • Full Speed Ahead (Business/Leadership Book)

  • The Buss Family's Projects (multiple children's books)


Every year, November 1st launches an awesome tradition called National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The goal is to complete a First Draft in 30 days. If you're planning to embark on this journey, we wish you the best! Keep us posted both during the writing process and after you finish your draft. If you've never heard of this before, hey, maybe this is the year to dive in. Here's more information from their website.


Books to Read

Alicia Leitzen, Advisor on the Long Overdue leadership team and reader of many many many books keeps a great ongoing list of mostly realistic fiction, memoirs, and thrillers. You can check out this list right here to purchase your next book and support local bookstores along the way.


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 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 published books.

Next newsletter - So far, we only know two things: It'll be in November. And before Thanksgiving. In the meantime, if you have any questions, ideas, stories to tell, you can reach Cal the Librarian at -

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