“Blue Licker” Stories From the Blue Lick Area of Saline County

“Blue Licker: A Garden For Mama” by Charles Petty and Beverly Petty.

Enjoy this tale about growing up in the Blue Lick bottoms near the Blackwater River, not far from the town of Blue Lick, MO.

A charming collection of stories about growing up along the Missouri River in the years following World War II. Chuck and Beverly take you back in time to tell a story of a time almost forgotten, by a generation never to be seen again. A time where life was hard but simple. Story of two small children and a Mother that meant the world to them (description from Amazon).

“Writing Local History Today,” A Guidebook

Writing Local History Today: A Guide to Researching, Publishing, and Marketing Your Book’ by Mason and Calder is available at Marshall Public Library.

Writing Local History Today guides local historians through the process of researching, writing, and publishing their work. Mason & Calder present step-by-step advice to guide aspiring authors to a successful publication and focus not only on how to write well but also how to market and sell their work. Highlights include:

  • Discussion of how to identify an audience for your writing project
  • Tips for effective research and planning
  • Sample documents, such as contracts and requests for proposals
  • Discussion of how to use social media to leverage your publication
  • Discussion of the benefits and drawbacks to self-publishing
  • An essay by Gregory Britton, the editorial director of John Hopkins University Press, about financial pitfalls in publishing

This guide is useful for first-time authors who need help with this sometimes daunting process, or for previously published historians who need a quick reference or timely tip.

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