How To Get Published

Looking to get your book published? The writing and publishing world can be challenging to navigate - we’re here to help!

Writing & Editing

Help develop confidence and get started on the path to publication. Learn the fundamentals. 

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Advice for Writers

Whether you’re finding your voice, or dealing with writer’s block, tips to encourage you through the process.

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Learn how to write query and submission letters, find an agent, self-publish, and navigate the publishing house. 

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Information about grammar, mechanics, tips for revision, and how to format papers in MLA and APA Style.

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Library Materials

Find the best and most up-to-date information on publishing.

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Local Writing Groups

Connect with other local writers or groups – or keep up with the local writing scene.

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Writing & Editing

It's not easy being a writer. Get resources to help you with the basics of creative writing; including resources on writing poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction

Creative Writing

Editing Your Work

Whether you’re writing a school assignment or working on a non-fiction article or book, these resources offer an overview of the writing process and structure, as well as specific instructions to help you craft and refine your publication. 

Writing Non-fiction in Specific Disciplines

Writing Non-fiction - An Overview of Process and Structure

Editing and Proofreading

Advice for Writers

How to Write / Getting Started
For more than 90 years, the experts at Writer’s Digest have been publishing books, magazines, competitions, conferences, and distance education materials for writers who want to polish their skills and hone their craft.

Association of Writers & Writing Programs 
AWP provides community, opportunities, ideas, news, and advocacy for writers and teachers of writing.

BookExpo America
BookExpo is evolving to lead the global publishing industry to its consumer driven future and celebrate storytelling in all its forms. It’s the place where industry, authors, and readers converge to define the new publishing universe.
The online presence of the venerable magazine for writers. The Library also carries the magazine in print. 

Poets & Writers
The online presence for the nation’s largest nonprofit organization serving creative writers, with a mission to foster the professional development of poets and writers, promote communication throughout the literary community, and to help create an environment in which literature can be appreciated by the widest possible public. The Library also offers the print version of this publication.

Poetry Foundation Learning Lab
The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.

826 National 
A nonprofit organization that provides strategic leadership, administration, and other resources with a belief that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.

For Kids – Scholastic – WRITE IT – Find Your Voice. Develop Your Craft. Publish Your Work. 
Aims to help children find their writing voice, develop their craft, and publish their work. 

Grammar Girl 
Your friendly guide to the world of grammar, punctuation, usage, and fun developments in the English language.


Publishing Your Book
An overview of the publishing process covering everything from submission guidelines, publisher expectations, book promotion and marketing, to self-publishing pros and cons, and how to recognize scams.

Publishing Your Writing
A guide concentrating more on web and journalistic publishing opportunities.

How to Find an Agent and/or Publisher
A thorough and well-considered guide to finding an agent – or determining if you even need one. Presented by Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, but appropriate for all publishing interests. A worthwhile overview (offering additional resources) can be found here.

The World’s Largest Publishers
Publishers Weekly industry overview information on the World’s 52 Largest Book Publishers, 2016.

How to find freelance work?
Freelance work can be flexible, diverse, and possibly lead to something more consistent – but one must also keep their wits about the viability of the outlets, as well as making sure pay is in balance with the time and energy consumed. These two links are updated daily, offer pro/con perspective, and have advice for how to make freelance writing work for you.

Depending on your intent, as well as the character of your work, you may choose to forego traditional publishing methods and
self-publish. There are many different self-platforms to consider, these are just a few. 

Self-Publishing through Amazon

Barnes & Noble Nook Press

Other options:



Local Author Submission

We are pleased to have the works of many local authors, artists, and creators on our shelves, and wish to recognize local creative efforts by including them in our collection when possible. Materials must meet the Library’s Selection Criteria Policy

Please review our submission guidelines and accompanying form.

All questions regarding book submissions should be directed to: Kristie Lanzotti, 419.259.5282

Library Books and Magazines

Writer's Market 2017

Writers Market

Children's Writer and Illustrator Writer's Market

Childrens Writer

Novel and Short Story Writer's Market

Novel And Short Story

Guide to Self-publishing 2015


Writer's Digest Magazine




The Complete Guide to Writing and Publishing Your First e-book

Writing Publishing

Get a Literary Agent

Get Aliterary Agent

Local Writing Groups