May 20, 2022

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.

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From a Multnomah County Library Web Site:

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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