I am now a published author (sort of). Encyclopedia of Arkansas has accepted my submission on US 71 in Arkansas. I really had to boil it down to attract a wider interest, since I could (and maybe someday will) write a "great American novel" about the road. I even learned more about the road while I was doing my research.
It was one of the easiest, yet hardest things I've done. I had the knowledge, but struggled to put it into words on paper.