Library Writers Project reopens for submissions, publishes local author

Multnomah County Library and Ooligan Press partner to print The Gifts We Keep in 2019

Beginning today, Multnomah County Library is accepting e-book submissions from local authors for inclusion in the library’s collection. In addition, the library is partnering with Ooligan Press to publish “The Gifts We Keep” by Portland author and past Library Writers Project contributor Katie Grindeland.

Now through December 17, 2018, authors who hold a Multnomah County Library card may submit original works of adult, teen and children’s fiction or memoir for consideration by panels of library staff readers. The library will accept submissions through three electronic self-publishing platforms: Smashwords, Kobo Writing Life and Draft2Digital.

The Library Writers Project began in 2015 as a way to showcase and support local writers and bolster the library’s collection of e-book titles. Now in its fourth year, the Library Writers Project has been recognized by the Urban Libraries Council for its innovative approach to enhancing the library’s collection. Since the effort began, the library has received 250 submissions and included 67 new e-books in its collection, which have been checked out more than 12,000 times. To date, those authors’ exposure has been limited to e-book readers.

Now the library has partnered with Ooligan Press to publish The Gifts We Keep, a selection from 2015 that has been among the most popular titles offered through the Library Writers Project. The Gifts We Keep, the story of a family struggling with its past, will be available to a broader audience of readers with its print publication in April 2019. 

"Without this program through Multnomah County Library, my book would still be sitting at home in a binder somewhere," said author Katie Grindeland. "I think there are probably a number of writers who, for whatever reason, haven't been able to get their work into the world, and this program helps bridge the gap between enthusiastic writers and willing readers. The reception to my work has been extremely validating, and I'm exceptionally grateful for this opportunity." 

As part of the agreement between the library and Ooligan, the library will purchase 500 copies for patrons to check out and to distribute to patrons for free through 19 branch libraries. This publication is the first in a new annual effort between Ooligan and Multnomah County Library. The library will host a kickoff celebration in April.

"Ooligan Press is excited to work with MCL to bring The Gifts We Keep to more readers,” said Ooligan Press Publisher Abbey Gaterud. “This partnership is a great example of what local partnerships can bring the literary community—local author, local library, local publisher. It's hard for first-time authors to break through to a wider audience, so we're proud to be a springboard for Multnomah County authors to find more fans and to engage with readers beyond the library's reach."


Shawn Cunningham, Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives
Multnomah County Library
Desk: 503.988.3097 | Cell: 503.781.5410

Abbey Gaterud, Publisher
Ooligan Press