Oregon: Multnomah County Library Begins Project to Acquire Ebooks by Local Authors
From The Oregonian:
[Multnomah County Library] is inviting local authors who have library memberships to submit their work for the system’s electronic book collection. Authors, who participate in the Library Writers Project, [our emphasis] will be paid for their work through the online, self-publishing website Smashwords.
Beginning today through the end of the year, library panels will screen excerpts of books written and submitted by library members. If they like it, they’ll purchase a few copies from Smashwords, and then depending on demand, they could purchase more, said Kady Ferris, electronic content librarian. Books would be available to members next year.
“Getting your name out there is the hardest thing to do,” said [Kady] Ferris [electronic content librarian], who added the library will also hold workshops about self-publishing and other tips about writing fiction. The library system to collect between 50 to 100 books and short stories this year, she said.
For this round of submissions, the library will accept only works of adult fiction. This may change for future submission windows. Due to the agreement between OverDrive and Smashwords, the library will not consider submissions of erotica.
Your work will be reviewed by library staff with a wide range of reading interests. Each work will be reviewed independently by two staff members.
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About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.