Multnomah County Library wants to read your novel

Library Writers Project seeks local authors’ submissions, will promote e-books and offer classes

PORTLAND, Ore. — Sept. 1, 2015 — Multnomah County Library is accepting submissions of adult fiction by local authors to be considered for inclusion in the library’s e-book collection and promoted to library patrons.

The Library Writers Project showcases and supports local writers and bolsters the library’s collection of self-published e-book titles. Beginning today and continuing through Dec. 31, authors who hold a Multnomah County Library card may submit original works of adult fiction (no children's or young adult fiction, please) for consideration by panels of library staff readers. The library will accept submissions through Smashwords, a popular electronic self-publishing platform.

Panels will review submissions and select a limited number of titles to add to Multnomah County Library’s Overdrive e-book portal in early 2016. Authors will receive standard compensation for titles the library purchases to add it its collection.

The Library Writers Project will also include classes and training opportunities for aspiring writers. Areas of focus include romance novels, children’s literature, women in the military and writing best practices. Smashwords CEO Mark Coker will offer a talk at Central Library about the basics of self-publishing on Nov. 14.