The Blue Mountain Review

“The Blue Mountain Review launched from Athens, Georgia in 2015 with the mantra, “We’re all south of somewhere.” As a journal of culture the BMR strives to represent life through its stories. Stories are vital to our survival. Songs save the soul. Our goal is to preserve and promote lives told well through prose, poetry, music, and the visual arts. Our editors …

The Brave New World of Book Publishing

Written by: Echo Montgomery Garrett Our new publishing company held our first big book launch with the southern fantasy young adult novel Spellbound Under the Spanish Moss on Sunday, June 7, 2020. It hit #1 New Release in its category for both the print and Kindle versions. Lucid House’s co-founder/partner Connor Garrett and his father/my husband Kevin Garrett started working …

Writing a Book with My Dad During Protests, Power Outages, and a Pandemic

Written by: Connor Judson Garrett Twenty-seven years ago, I met Kevin N. Garrett, a man that would one day become my writing partner. He also happens to be my father. When I was a kid, he used to tell my older brother and I his mashed-up remixes of fairy tales, such as Little Blue Riding Hood and The Medicinal Tequila, …

Why The World Needs More Authors of Color

Written  by: Kristel Issa The importance of representation in literature is recognized on a broader scale. The #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign that launched a few years ago is just one of many examples of concerted efforts to give marginalized people a voice and a sense of inclusion. However, there’s still a long way to go to close the diversity gap amongst authors. …

Kathy L. Murphy Joins Lucid House Publishing as Director of Acquisitions

Written by: Echo Montgomery Garrett May 27, 2020, Atlanta, GA — Lucid House Publishing welcomes Kathy L. Murphy, founder of The Pulpwood Queens’ Book Club Reading Nation, to its team as director of acquisitions. The Atlanta-based bespoke, boutique publishing house, was co-founded by authors Connor Judson Garrett and Echo Montgomery Garrett, both of whom have had books picked by Murphy. …

Should I write a book?

Written by: Connor Judson Garrett One of the biggest problems authors face is their own expectations for what a book will get them. So many authors fantasize about the things that will come from their book, which leads to making poor decisions regarding the money and the time that goes into creating, publishing, and marketing one. A book is a …

What is Hybrid Publishing?

Written by: Connor Judson Garrett Hybrid is a form of publishing that mixes elements of traditional and self-publishing. The hybrid space is slightly stigmatized because there’s not a universally held belief stating exactly what it is. Furthermore, the author usually pays for some or all services in return for higher royalty rates. This has led to the assertion by many …