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Publishing For All!

Whether you’re selling your epic novel, pitching articles, or creating a book of family recipes, we’ve got what you need to get started!

Finding a Publisher

Library Resources

Literary Market Place is the most thorough directory of publishers in the United States and Canada. You’ll also find literary agents, book distributors, magazines, and literary associations.

The Writer’s Market provides contact information for industry professionals, offers industry insight, and highlights interviews with bestselling authors.

Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market does all of the above, except it focuses on writing for children.

The Poets and Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer is written by the editors of Poets and Writers magazine and covers “insider information on pitch letters, tracking submissions, marketing in a digital world, and many more tools for building a sustainable career as a writer.”

Speaking of Poets and Writers…we subscribe to it in print and online!

Before and After the Book Deal is a quirky guide to publishing drawn from the author’s own experiences.

Other Resources

Some of these resources may require payment, but be on the lookout for things such as email newsletters, public programs, and other opportunities!

Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance “bring[s] together Maine writers, editors, publishers, booksellers, and literary professionals at all stages of their careers to sharpen craft, create community, and celebrate great writing.” MWPA often hosts workshops and holds a conference for writers to connect with agents and editors.

Electric Literature hosts virtual events about sending submissions, finding an agent, and much more!

The Authors Guild provides a Writers’ Resource Library with tools related to publishing. Access to some items requires a membership, but there are also free resources.

Independent Publishing


BiblioBoard is a free one-stop shop for independent authors.

Here, you can:

  • Upload your finished manuscript, choose your formatting, and export it for printing and/or electronic distribution.
  • Add your book to the Indie Author Project. Not only does this make it available to all Portland Public Library patrons in CloudLibrary, but it is reviewed by industry professionals for annual awards and heightened promotion!
  • Attend Expert Sessions about writing and promotion with successful independent authors.

…did we mention it’s all free?

Need help? Talk to a librarian!