We applaud every time a group of publishing professionals steps outside their comfort zone and tries something new. In this case, a public library system will publish their first ebook and they’re casting a wide net for submissions! The as-yet-untitled ebook will contain stories and poems set in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and we couldn’t be prouder since that’s where partner Laurie McLean lives and works. Heck, they’re even teaching classes in creative writing so everyone can participate. Here’s the scoop on how you can have your work considered for this untitled anthology:

The Bay Area Library ePublishers are producing an eBook anthology of stories and poems either set in the greater Bay Area or written about life in the Bay Area. This project provides an opportunity for local authors to engage in a new form of independent digital publishing by the library. As a result of this grant-funded initiative, Sunnyvale will become the third public library in the country to publish its own content in an eBook.

While submissions are accepted from anywhere, the target audience is local writers who have never before been institutionally published. Free creative writing and self-publishing workshops are open to the public in order to teach professional writing and digital publishing skills as a critical workforce competency in a changing digital world. Simultaneously, the initiative models how small libraries can engage their communities through the latest developments in the self-publishing industry.

MFA writing instructors and representatives from five Bay Area library systems sit on the panel which will read, score, rank, and select the top manuscripts for publication in the eBook.

Only the first 100 submissions received by November 30, 2014 are eligible. This is a rare opportunity to be published and to have your work added to library collections across the Bay Area and beyond.
More information can be found at the “Get ePublished” website:


For more details, contact Liz Hickok at (408)730-2772 or shickok@sunnyvale.ca.gov.

Thanks to my client, award-winning kidlit author and children’s librarian Douglas Rees, for the tip!