Sparta, Illinois: My Home Town

Edmond P. DeRousse July 29, 2015



I was born and raised in Sparta, Illinois into a family of seven. It was the 1950

Two more types of Publishing

Edmond P. DeRousse July 27, 2015

Previously I covered Vanity, Subsidy, and Self-publish publishing. Here are the final two categories.

Traditional Publishing

This, I believe, is what most authors desire. You, if accepted, will be paid an advance for your work by the company and they will see to all the needs of the process. In addition, you will be paid a royalty but have very little or no control over the finished work.


Edmond P. DeRousse July 23, 2015


In 1966, a major motion picture was made in a small community in Southern Illinois.  As it turned out, the movie happened to be considered one of the best one hundred movies ever made. That movie, “In the Heat of the Night”, was made in my home town, Sparta, Illinois.

The movie was a mystery drama based on a

My Five Categories

Edmond P. DeRousse July 22, 2015

If you are serious about publishing and have not done it before, knowing that you have choices is, I believe, somewhat liberating. You do not have to sit around, look for, and expect the feared rejection letter. You can get legitimate help. It all depends on how much effort you intend to expend.

I have discovered at least five separate ways in which one can publish today. As I referenced in an earlier blog, thos

Making movies in small towns

Edmond P. DeRousse July 15, 2015

It may come as a surprise to some people, but not all movies are made on a huge set in a warehouse in Los Angeles, or in location in New York, London, or any of the major big cities. Some movies are made in small towns on small budgets.

My town, Sparta, Illinois, which is also the setting of my book, The Mighty Spartan and His Common Man Adventures, was once the location of a movie filming in the 1960’s. It was

Types of publishing

Edmond P. DeRousse July 7, 2015

Publishing in today’s world is not the insurmountable feat it was decades ago. I think the internet has made it a great deal easier. In fact, I believe, anyone can publish at any time. Since making the decision to publish I have found that there are literally hundreds of opportunities to get a piece of literature published.

Just type “self-publish” in the URL space on your computer and see what happens. Pag