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Publish Your Book With the Library!

Humans are natural storytellers. We love creating stories about our world, narrating our own lives, and imagining what lies beyond our limited knowledge of the universe. It’s hard to combine bits of a story into something coherent; we lead busy and stressful lives!

NaNoWriMo – or National Novel Writing Month – provides structure, deadlines, and community to motivate participants to finally tackle that writing project. What started as an Internet initiative to write 50,000 words in November has become a nonprofit dedicated to helping others realize their literary potential. If you’ve ever wanted to write a novel, poem, cookbook, or other type of tale, now’s your chance to join the fun!

If you finish your book in November, or if you have a self-published book already – congratulations! We often get questions about whether the library can stock self-published books. The short answer is…it depends. We only have so much space on our shelves, so we carefully evaluate every book we purchase.

However, one place where we never run out of room is our eBook collection. We would love to make your self-published eBook available to the community. Portland Public Library is a member of the Indie Author Project, where you can upload your book and share it with our patrons. Once it is uploaded, you will be a PPL Featured Author on Biblioboard. Your book will also be findable in our catalog.

Indie Author Project reviews all submissions for additions to their Select Collection. These items are available to all libraries who use the Indie Author Project. Titles in this collection are also considered for awards! You can see Select Collection titles in CloudLibrary, alongside lots of other popular items.

Looking to publish the old-fashioned way? Check out Publishing For All, our list of resources for publishing your big and small projects.

The library has lots of free resources for writing inspiration and creativity. This means anyone can tell their story…including you! .

posted: , by Rebecca Starr
tags: Library Collections | Online Services | Adults | Seniors | Readers Writers
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