October 13, 2015

Tennessee: Williamson County Public Library Prepares to Launch Book Publishing Arm

UPDATED Jan 22, 2013: Tennessee Public Library Launches Publishing Program Using IngramSpark Platform

From The Tennessean:

The library is one of the first in the country to offer publishing services and launches Sunday with a book signing event for its first book – a children’s book written by library staff.

“We’re very excited about this,” said Dolores Greenwald, library director. “Libraries are redefining themselves like publishing, like newspapers. We’re looking for new ways to be involved in the community.”

“We’re not just a storehouse, but we’re creating things.”


Early next year, the library will announce an open submissions deadline for any genre. A writers’ critique group, 95 percent of whom are published authors, will consider the submissions, she said. Once an author is chosen, library staff will help the author through the publishing process.

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The library has named their publishing division, Academy Park Press.

See Also: Library as Publisher: A Massachusetts Public Library Will Soon Begin Publishing eBooks (March 13, 2013)

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