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    Digital Newsletter

     Stay informed about what the library has to offer our local writers by signing up for our digital newsletter! 

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    Self-Publishing E-books at the Lakeland Public Library

    The Lakeland Public Library is partnering with Library Journal  to bring the SELF-e public library ebook service to you.  The SELF-e discovery platform is designed to expose your ebook to readers through the public library.   SELF-e helps authors upload their work for inclusion into one or both of two online collections:  Library Journal’s SELF-e Select nation-wide collection and SELF-e Florida. 

    By submitting your book through SELF-e, you can earn readers and build buzz on your book.  Go to Self-e through JPL to read the terms of agreement and submit your title

    Access SELF-e to find out more Information for Authors. 



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    Interested in getting your novel, memoir, poetry collection, children's book and more in eBook and print-ready formats? Pressbooks Public is an easy-to-use online tool that allows you to create professional quality versions of your book in ePUB, MOBI, PDF and more—all through your library.


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    Want to read some of the books that have been submitted through Self-E?  Read books online through Biblioboard or download the Biblioboard Library app on your mobile device to read on the go!

    Enjoy great reads from local authors.  Check out mysteries, romances, memoirs and more.   Access the collection and start reading today to find your next favorite book or discover a great new author.


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    Recommended Web Resources


    Everyone Needs an Editor by Allison Schiff
    Informative Publishers Weekly article on the process of working with a professional editor.

    J.A. Konrath's blog--A Newbie's Guide to Publishing
    Konrath is a pioneer in the self-publishing field and one of its greatest success stories.  His popular blog offers great insight and advice.

    Writers' Cafe
    Join this online community to post work for peer review, chat with fellow writers, access free online writing courses, and find advice on publishing your work.

    Nathan Bransford's blog
    Former literary agent Nathan Bransford's site offers a blog from Nathan and an online forum where users trade advice on such topics as finding an agent, self publishing, and procrastination. 

    Searchable database of literary agents.

    Query Shark
    Blog written by literary agent Janet Reid provides critique on query letters submitted by aspiring authors looking for an agent.

    Writer Beware Blog
    Provides advice for writers and warns of potential scams in the publishing industry.

    The Midwest Book Review
    From their website: "Established in 1976, The Midwest Book Review is an organization committed to promoting literacy, library usage, and small press publishing."
    Find useful Advice for Writers and Publishers and information on how to get reviewed in their publication.

    Library Journal
    Instructions on submitting your title to the Journal for review

    The popular social media site for readers offers a platform for authors to promote their work.

    The Indie View
    List of book reviewers who accept submissions and post reviews on their blogs, Amazon, Goodreads, etc.

    This site publishes a weekly list of self-published bestsellers

    NaNoWriMo Blog
    Writing advice from the headquarters of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) all year long